First pink, but faintly.

As the sun bids farewell to another day

         the clouds begin to glow.

Blue, then orchid, then wild peach and flaming pink –

         as if rolling through giant palettes of water colors.

Nature painted a wonderful canvas tonight.




It was a wildly colorful sunset, and it’s impossible to resist recording the beauty, but like so many straight images, it usually ends up in my ‘just another sunset folder’ on my computer. So I asked myself: “what if?” I’ve been doing a lot of ‘swipes’ lately – panning on still subjects- and so it was with that in mind that I panned horizontally on this amazing sky just to see what I’d get. I ended up liking this one a lot, out of six that I made. It just had a more fluid, wave-like effect in the motion and I felt that added to the painterly effect. I kept some of the dark land in the bottom just for a base to the image.

When looking at the photo yesterday, I had also just unearthed from my messy desk my notebook of poems, essays, and haikus that I’ve been writing, and remembered this poem I had written. It just seemed to fit the image beautifully.


No matter what our situation in life is, we can still be thankful for the wonderful beauty that nature shows us!


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