Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Sunset surrendering to the Night.

I have never seen a sunset from start to finish before. Knowing and understanding how and what causes a sunset to create the light show I witnessed that night. Did not diminish how truly Amazing it was as I watched it happening. Because of living within the city of Minneapolis, MN., pollution and smoke from fires in the south and west of us played big part as to why it lasted so long.

It had been a very H-O-T day! Finally the sun had dipped below the treetops, this time of year once the Sun is lower than the trees, the heat of the day quickly dissipates and the clouds fall apart, nothing to hold the warming the Sun did all day, it cools down nicely. The house on very hot days feels more like a prison when it’s H-O-T. Living so close to downtown Minneapolis, seeing the sky is a challenge with all the trees and buildings. Longfellow park isn't too far from our house, it's the best place for me to see more of the sky, it also serves as our turning pointing or on a good day we will walk around it then we head back home.
Starting our walk the Sun made the sky look like it was on fire, with a mix of red, orange with gold traveling up from the Sun across the sky fading into softening pastels of the same, the clouds remained a bright white. The eastern sky was a light blue with dark gray and charcoal colored clouds. We were walking around the park heading west, the clouds had fallen apart becoming whiffs holding the pastel colors the sky had lost. The colors began slowly stretching across the sky heading eastward, the clouds falling apart turning light peach as the pastel colors continued to fill the sky changing slightly red becoming a pale rose, the orange and gold in places mixing into a pale green yellow. The people in the park were enjoying playing baseball, kickball and other games, few saw or watching as the sun fought with many colors the coming of the night. The eastern sky was darkening as a thin layer of clouds like a fog moving in, the sky darkening faster the sunset colors are all but gone. As we made the last turn for home, a pastel peach colored line spread from the west eastward, fading as the day finally surrendered to the night.

That evening walk reminded me there is a benefit to walking slower, having time to see what is happening around me. Not a sunset I'll soon forget for sure.

No comments: