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An ode to sunset

An ode to sunset

Sunset Yarnell Arizona

Twas the night before Thanksgiving

and the sky was clouded in

who knew if there’d be bright colors

or the sky would just be dim

Sunset Yarnell Arizona

Upon closer inspection

soft peaches spread on rye

with some kind of sweeping up

rather pleasing to the eye

Sunset Yarnell Arizona

Then only moments later

the sky began to glow

a bend occurred at ridgeline

where the wind did blow

Sunset Yarnell Arizona

I watched this out my window

so much better than TV

crystals add a sparkle

just the way it ought to be

Sunset Yarnell Arizona

The moment came to crescendo

with a glow that lifted me

it doesn’t get much better

than a sunset with a tree

Sunset Yarnell Arizona

All too soon twas over

so I’m glad I took the pics

as every night is different

part of how I get my kicks

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First color

This is the first color I’ve seen at sunset since my return to Yarnell almost two weeks ago.  That’s because the wonderful fall skies have been a typical cloudless brilliant blue so sunset has been uneventful.

Crazy clouds over Weaver Mts Yarnell Arizona

But I knew when these crazy bunch of clouds began to glow as the sun retreated below the ridge that a show was forthcoming.

Sunset over Weaver Mts Yarnell Arizona

Then the first color was rather subdued although nicely accenting the gossamer clouds.

Sunset over Weaver Mts Yarnell Arizona

Yet the lower sun bounced off the building clouds highlighting their bubbly shapes.

Sunset over Weaver Mts Yarnell Arizona

Followed by, low and behold, an eruption of rays.

Sunset over Weaver Mts Yarnell Arizona

And a golden dance upon the ridge top that bid the day adieu.

Sunset over Weaver Mts Yarnell Arizona

The clouds, a sign that winter approaches.

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Grand Canyon sunset with Symphony of the Canyons

Symphony of the Canyons North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona 2013

Look and listen.  It’s hard to improve on a Grand Canyon sunset with Symphony of the Canyons.

Every August since 1995 the Kanab Symphony performs at the North Rim’s Grand Lodge.  Made up of members both young and old, pharmacist Kortney Stirland has led musicians from Kanab and surrounding communities for 25 years entertaining around the world.

Here’s a clip of Amazing Grace played at the North Rim August 2013.

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Last sunset of the season from Cape Royal Grand Canyon

Sunset from Cape Royal North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Knowing the road would be closed the next day I rushed out after work to experience and photograph the last sunset of the season from Cape Royal, a most excellent viewpoint of Grand Canyon from the North Rim.

Sunset from Cape Royal North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Not even taking time to change clothes, I threw a pink top on with my green uniform pants.

Sunset from Cape Royal North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Turned out not to be the best disguise as I’d sent several visitors out there ahead of me so they knew I am a Ranger.

Sunset from Cape Royal North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

No matter, this sunset put on a Grand show for everyone.

Sunset from Cape Royal North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

And I hung out to the very end.

Sunset from Cape Royal North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Yes, it’s a bummer that visitors and employees will not be able to drive to this overlook, but then roads do have to be repaved once in a while.  Plus there are several other viewpoints still accessible before the road closure like Point Imperial, Vista Encantada and Roosevelt Point where the road block is set.

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We rushed up to the overlook for a highly recommended Camdeboo National Park sunset over the Valley of Desolation but had to be out of the gate before it barely began.

Sunset over Valley of Desolation Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

Such a shame we couldn’t have watched more of the sunset from the overlook.

Sunset Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

Because it was glorious.

Sunset Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

But that didn’t stop me from shooting as Joan drove back down towards camp.

Sunset Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

Even made a few stops along the way.

Sunset Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

And made it out the gate just in time.

Sunset Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

Still enjoying the colors.

Sunset and moon Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape Graaff-Reinet South Africa

Then the crescent moon showed to say goodnight.

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