It’s been as cold as a well
digger’s... well, let’s just say it’s been
really cold and dreary lately. I can take a day or two without
sunshine, but too many dark days often give me a case of the
blues. When the sun finally made an appearance, my spirits
On the way home from my day gig I got to catch my first sunset in months.
I was on Arkadelphia Road near the border of Walker and Blount county
at the ridge of a mountain (it’s really just a foothill, but here
in Alabama, we call them mountains).
At the crest of the mountain, it looks as though you can see across Walker
County and all the way to Mississippi.
The sun glowed like an amber egg sinking down toward the horizon. The
scene was breathtaking so I pulled over to the side of the road to enjoy
the waning moments of the descent. As I watched, the western sky turned
the color of a rusty garden plow.
I snapped a few frames. No camera can capture the magnificence of a sunset,
but I always try.
In looking back through the thousands of photographs I've taken in my
life, one would discover that a good many of my photographs are dedicated
Some of my earliest sunset photos are from Panama where I bought my first
real camera, but the portfolio has grown steadily since the early seventies.
Several years ago, we took our niece Samantha to San Francisco and one
evening we drove south of the city to Santa Cruz and walked down the
boardwalk at sunset. We bought ice cream cones and strolled along soaking
in the atmosphere. We stopped for a while, dangled our legs off
the edge of the weathered pier, and paid a silent tribute to a sunset
that was indescribably beautiful.
I’ve never been to Hawaii but friends have told me that sunsets
there are something to behold. I’d really like to go and see for
One of our main goals when we visited Ireland was to watch a sunset off
the west coast of the Arian Islands, and we scheduled that treat a few
days before departure.
When we went to board the ferry, they told us that fog sometimes makes
a day trip turn into a several-day trip, so we had to scratch that off
Even when things are chaotic and my life seems like it’s spiraling
out of control, a sunset will stop me in my tracks and gives me a chance
to put my priorities in order.
Life has a way of filling up any unallocated time. If you don't take
some time for yourself, someone else will take it and make it their own.
I’m not sure about you, but I’m getting too old to let that
happen. There’s more sand at the bottom of my hourglass than at
the top and what’s left is precious to me.
Mother Nature provides an unending slideshow; from an unfathomable night
sky in summer, to autumn leaves, or a blanket of fresh snow in winter.
I can’t imagine a better cure for the blues than a January sunset.