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Monday, December 19, 2011

What Is It About Sunsets...


 I couldn't put up a posting without some words about local events. It has been a very hard week for our little community of Grand Marais, population 1200. For those who have not heard, we had a shooting at our little County Courthouse on Thursday afternoon, the aftermath of an ongoing tragedy that now just got lots worse. Our thoughts go out to our county prosecutor, the witness and the injured bailiff, and for everyone involved. Everyone is expected to recover, but what a terribly traumatic event for a tiny little town--for anyplace, really, big or small. Big city folk (of which we are some, part time) get dulled by such shocking news, but that doesn't make it any better, does it? 

Which leads me to offer some peaceful images in the hope of countering the jarring words about the violence we've become too accustomed to. What is it about colorful skies and sunsets that make us stand still, take a breath, and just  soak in all that beauty? I'm not sure I can explain why I find the sunset so awe-inspiring, but I wish  everyone could have a few moments every day like these... Maybe we'd hear about fewer shootings then...

Yesterday evening up at Cascade Bluff, the sun put on a beautiful show for us, starting at about 3:45 and lasting til 4:30 or so. Yes, the Winter Solstice is just a few days away, making for very short days. But the payoff in winter is the angle of the light -- low and slanted, makes for gorgeous colors.
We started with gold and gradually added some pink...
 There wasn't a hint of wind, and the clouds just slowly drifted by. Off to the east, the color faded quickly but was just amazing.
 Here's a little different view, from behind the house...
 And then step by step...
 ...minute by minute...
...the tapestry got more interesting...
...more awesome...
 ...until it was...
 ...beyond words...

 ...ahhh...
...bliss.

Peace to all.

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