Photography, Uncategorized

Vanishing Sun

Red Sunset

A phenomenon common in the western U.S. these days is the sun’s red color as it rises and sets, due to the smoke from recent wildfires.  I had considered the sunsets extraordinary, but one morning I stepped outside in time to witness this striking scene, the reservoir and smoky air stained crimson by the rising sun.

Red Dawn

A few days ago I visited Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, where even heavier smoke obscured both the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountain ranges.  During an evening walk I noticed the sun, although still high in the sky, slowly swallowed by what I thought at first to be a cloud.  As the last sliver disappeared, however, the sky glowed faintly, revealing the barely-perceptible outline of a mountain peak.  Of course, I’d forgotten my camera but made a mental note to be ready the following night.

Next evening, camera mounted on tripod and thumb poised over Record, I watched and waited.  Minutes later, a tiny depression on one side of the sun’s bottom told me it had settled onto a distant peak.  I hit the button.  Overall, the shoot went well.  However, much to my disappointment the glow that, on the previous night, had revealed the mountaintop did not appear.  Moral: Always carry your camera and be ready to seize the opportunity; you rarely get a second chance. 

It was strange watching the sun simply vanish while still so high in the sky.  I tried to upload the video to this post, but it was too large.  WordPress does not accept MovieMaker files but I was able to separate the clip into individual pics and have posted some of them below:

Snapshot 1 (8-28-2015 10-13 PM)

Snapshot 5 (8-28-2015 10-14 PM)

Snapshot 7 (8-28-2015 10-14 PM)

Snapshot 9 (8-28-2015 10-15 PM)

Snapshot 11 (8-28-2015 10-15 PM)

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