19 Stunning Lake Sunsets for You to Reflect On

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Photographer Catherine Opie once referred to sunrise and sunset as “the biggest cliché in photography.” While Opie's series of photos “Twelve Miles to the Horizon” deals with the very subjects — sunrise and sunset — that she deemed cliché, I think it's safe to say that Opie succeeded in approaching sunrise and sunset in a slightly different way.
That's the thing with clichés, especially those of an artistic nature — it may have been done before, but creating a compelling piece is rooted more in presentation, the “spin” the artist puts on it. And sometimes, it just doesn't matter; there are some clichés we never tire of looking at. The colorful lake sunsets below may be cliché subject matter, but they are all so well done that it's hard to not absorb the sense of tranquility they confer and temporarily lose yourself in their beauty.

Photo by MaxGag
Lake Crescent sunset
Photo by Kevin Dooley
Reykjavik Lake Sunset
Photo by PapaPiper
Sunset, Lake Champlain
Photo by Tony Fischer
Photo by みゆき
Hammertown Lake Sunset
Photo by Morgan Paul
Sunset over lake windermere (explored)
Photo by Mikey Jones
Photo by Kosala Bandara
sunset over frozen Lake Nagog
Photo by liz west
Something wicked this way comes ...
Photo by blinking idiot
Lake Mendota sunset
Photo by Richard Hurd
Garda sunset
Photo by Andrea~S
Photo by Patrick Emerson
Photo by Steve Jurvetson
Wakeboarding Art
Photo by Arturo Donate
Keuka Sunset
Photo by Alex
The sun sets over the lake
Photo by blinking idiot
Sunset Over Pawnee Lake
Photo by David Williss

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Jason D. Little

Jason Little is a photographer (shooting macros, portraits, candids, and the occasional landscape), writer, and music lover. You can see Jason’s photography on his Website or his Instagram feed.