Monday, April 15, 2013

Dazzling Sunset

 It was right out of the wild west. Only the distant mountains were missing.
 The sun sank ever lower in the sky and that bright orange of the western deserts lit the sky.

8:06 p.m.

 When I first looked out the window, the sky was already glowing brightly. Till I walked to the back of our property, the sun was sitting on the horizon  ready to drop out of sight  These are the minutes when sunset unfolds quickly, the sky changing by the minute.

8:07 p.m.

 But a single minute has passed and the sun has deepened by many shade, from a brilliant orange to a muddy, yellow-brown sienna.

8:08 p.m.

 The sun's disk is mostly below the horizon now and the sky already begins to darken. It is interesting to note that our official sunset is shown as 8:14 p.m. and yet the sun will be wholly hidden for me at that time. We have, of course, an unobstructed view of the western horizon and the farmland around Farmersville could not be much flatter.

8:10 p.m.

 A final look to the west before I head back inside shows the sun now missing from the sky with only its upper edge still producing a fiery glow on the horizon. Night will come on fast.

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