Spectacular Sunset

As much as I’m addicted to photographing the moon, the sun is demanding its share of my attention.  Our cabin in Bland, Virginia has spectacular long range views, making it prime for both sunrises and sunsets.

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” Mahatma Gandhi

Recently, I captured a sunset banked against clouds.  I thought I’d share it with you.

Autumn Sunset
Autumn Sunset

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”  – Rabindranath Tagore

Sunset Spectacular 2

Literally, a fire blazing in the sky.  Little Mattie Stepanek, the wise child who lit up our hearts with his poetry, wisdom, and calls for peace, gave me a favorite quote.  He said, “Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.” 

Sunset Spectacular 3

Back glow behind the dark clouds edged them with pink.

Sunset Spectacular

“How strange this fear of death is!  We are never frightened at a sunset.” – George McDonald

As most of you know, I am participating in Nanowrimo – the great novel writing challenge that occurs in November.  For more on how that is coming along – or not – visit my writing site, reneejohnsonwrites.  There is a meter there, measuring my progress and holding my feet to the fire.

But I’ll always take time to admire such a spectacular sunset.  How about you?

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  1. Well, Renee, you know what a fan I am of sunrises and sunsets! (And I think it takes a particular talent to photograph the moon: one that I haven’t deveoped yet…)
    I love that little quote: “Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second”. That one is going in my book of favorites!
    Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Beautiful photos. I think it’s especially important to take time for things like sunsets when you’ve got you nose to the grindstone. Good luck with the November novel.

  3. The sky songs have certainly been glorious recently. Molly gets annoyed when I try to rush her down to the bridge so we can see without roof tops. (The German says VA is particularly beautiful right now)
    Love the quote about sunset being a favorite color! Nice find

    1. I recently saw a rolling cloud. It reminded me of something out of Harry Potter. The sky has been incredible this fall, which probably means there is a lot of trash in the atmosphere.

    1. You certainly have that right. We never know what (or who) is going to show up. The last time we were over there was another wild steer. This one is white, reminding me of a ghost cow.

  4. I love your photos and quotes. You have the heart of a poet and articulate the beauty wonderfully. I enjoy the irony of the name of Bland. lol That gives me a smile.

    Enjoy your nano adventures. I admire you for taking the challenge. I’m cheering you on from across the miles. 🙂

  5. Beautiful, beautiful! Just curious, what camera do you use? I recently bought a Canon Rebel, just beginning to learn about it. I think it will take me…oh, about a hundred years at my speed!…to figure out all the things it can do! Whatever you’re using, keep it up! ~ Sheila

    1. Mine is a Canon XS50. If you want to see it and get a little more information, click on the link for a blog post I wrote called, ‘Zooming In’. It is wonderful Sheila. It does all of the work and I get all of the credit. The universe is just as it should be. LOL.

  6. Beautiful pictures, you did a great job capturing the moment. I love sunrises and sunsets, they are both equally beautiful but both different in many ways and so peaceful.

    check out a couple pictures of a cold front sunset I caught this week; Sunset and Icicles

    I enjoyed your pictures and browsing your blog.
    Michael 🙂

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