What an amazing sight!
At about 5:00 p.m. yesterday, as day gave way to night, something odd occurred in the western sky…a genuine jaw-dropping phenomenon. Giddy with astonishment at being witness to such a moment, I dashed for the camera and made a quick shot least no one believe me later on. Luckily, the photo came out. I've posted it above.
What's that? You're right, it is a picture of a colorful sunset. Huh? Well, yeah, that's the sky phenomenon I was referring to—around here lately, just seeing the sun has become a phenomenon. For weeks on end, the sky has mostly been the color of an old gym sock badly in need of a good dose of bleach. Sunrises and sunsets with or without color have been nonexistent. Carolyn, over on Roundtop Ruminations (see blog list) was just remarking on this absence a day or two ago.
Typically, you can count on January to serve up some of the finest sunsets of the year—certainly the best sunsets of winter and usually the best sunsets seen since the previous November. Coming and going weather fronts, frigid air, and broken clouds late in the day are contributory factors—none of which have been the case this January. Snows and frequent passing storm fronts, arctic temperatures, or sunny days have not been our lot. Instead it's been relatively mild, light in snow, some rain, more dampness than real cold, and cloud, clouds, clouds. Most days you had to take on faith the notion the sun—though currently invisible—was actually up there somewhere. But after awhile, you do begin to wonder…
Last evening's sunset, perhaps not the most spectacular one ever, was nevertheless pretty enough to dazzle me with its beauty…and like a drink of water after a day in the desert, greatly appreciated.