A Rainbow and a Sunset

rainbow at sunset
That big rainbow.

As I often say, at sunset always turn to the east to see the light show there too, often subtle, sometimes dramatic, but always beautiful. It’s not always you walk out your door and hope to catch the sunset, then turn around and in the east you see a big old RAINBOW right at the end of your street!

I was headed out for an entirely different reason but grabbed my camera because sunset was just beginning. I looked up at the swirling gold and peach in the western sky as I walked to my car and hoped I could get to one of my favorite hilltops on the way to my destination. Then I turned around and saw the bottom of a rainbow against the dusky gold and peach sky to the east, the bottom of it very bright but fading as it rose.

rainbow at sunset
Rainbow at the end of my street.

I dropped everything there in the middle of the street and started taking photos. I can’t convey how big it looked to start, but as the sunset moved the rainbow grew into a semicircle over the houses. We had a drizzle hours earlier, but I guess there was still plenty of moisture in the air.

rainbow at sunset
As the sky grew dark the rainbow gained brilliance curving overhead.

I missed the brilliance of the actual sunset, but often the afterglow is the most beautiful part. I live in a valley but intentionally headed up to a ridge close to me which is an office park with large parking lots where I could capture the hillside below me and the actual town where I live just beyond that.

sunset afterglow
Sunset Afterglow
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