Fire in the Sky

The other day I was taking care of the kids when I noticed fire in the sky. Not literally. What I mean is that the sunset was glorious. But it was too late for me to find a good vantage point with a view of the bay, mountains, or bridge.

Sometimes the role of being a parent seems in conflict with that of photographer. Particularly when there is a great sunset.

So what to do? It may seem obvious, but the kids come first. No matter what. And I am so thankful for them, and in love with them (even though they sometimes drive me crazy), that I will miss any number of sunsets to be with them. Furthermore, there’s always another sunset!

What makes figuring out the logistics of sunsets and childcare a little difficult around here is the logic of the appearance of sunset. From a photographer’s viewpoint, the best sunsets come when there are clouds. When there are clouds, you’ll never know until the last minute whether it will be a complete dud, with the sun sinking without a trace into the cloud bank, or whether it might be spectacular. A judgment call a half hour beforehand in these conditions is quite likely to be wrong.

Anyhow, with this sunset, I crept out and up onto our roof for a few minutes. As you can see, it is not quite an all encompassing vista–although I do like the swirling fog on the way lower left–but perhaps the colors of the sky make up for it!

This entry was posted in Landscape, Photography.

One Comment

  1. Miracle February 9, 2006 at 1:43 am #

    perfect as is, nicer too that you will remember having the kids near you when you took it. I actually like that you CAN’T tell where this is, makes you focus on the beauty of nature without the distraction of a landmark. Unbelievable colors, I have seen skies like this but they only last a few seconds.

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