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Cactus Sunset in the Desert

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We were staying at a bed and breakfast situated in the far northeastern reaches of the Tucson metropolitan area and lying in the shadow of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Our host had noted that with the late afternoon cloud cover we should have a good sunset. The edge of the clouds was just about directly overhead when the sun set around 6 p.m.

Within minutes the clouds over the mountains to the east began turning pink. The colors moved west and I patiently waited for them turn the clouds over this cactus into cotton candy.

When they did, the results were quite spectacular. Had we been at this location the next night there would have been no clouds and no dramatic sunset. Timing is everything sometimes.


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