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Clouds Were My Friend Tonight

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It was cloudy in Cleveland, but the satellite image showed some mostly clear skies west along the Lake Erie shore.

So I made a trip out to Sherod Park in Vermilion, Ohio, in pursuit of some sunset over the lake images.

The clouds stayed to the east and south although there was one bank of clouds out over the water, which turned out to be a nice thing when the sun dipped behind them.

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New Day Begins in the Desert

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I made it a point to get up early to photograph the sun rising over the Santa Catalina Mountains that tower over Tucson, Arizona.

The evening before I had captured one of the most dramatic sunsets I’ve seen in the desert. I was hoping to get an equally colorful sunrise.

It didn’t work out that way. The conditions that had made for such a dramatic sunset were not present in the early morning hours. There was barely any color at all.

Still there is something about watching the dawning of a new day that is inspirational.

There were birds chirping and singing as the desert came to life. I didn’t need a colorful sky to feel good.

Up With the Sun in the Desert

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For most of my life I was never an earlier riser, particularly when I didn’t need to be. But in recent years that has changed.

Consequently, I’m seeing more sunrises than I once did. During a trip to Arizona more than a year ago I got up before sunrise to make this series of images of the sun rising over the Santa Catalina Mountains northeast of Tucson.

It was not as dramatic as the sunset I had seen the previous evening, but I still enjoyed seeing the rising sun color the clouds over the mountains and hearing the birds chirping as a new day began in the Sonoran Desert.

Edgewater Park Sunset

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A sun-splashed day in late September is not unusual but having 90 degree temperatures on that day is out of the ordinary. Cleveland residents and visitors turned out in droves in Edgewater Park to enjoy the summer-like weather that felt more like July than early autumn. They were still out in large numbers at the park trying to enjoy every minute of an unusual day as the sun sank over Lake Erie, .

Last Red Light of Day

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The sunset over the mountains near Sedona, Arizona, had already been pretty spectacular, turning the clouds fiery red making them resemble cotton candy.

We faced a long drive back to Phoenix that would turn out longer than we expected due to heavy traffic congestion on Interstate 17 that we would later learn is routine on weekends.

But I couldn’t resist getting a parting shot of the brilliant colors of the clouds during one of the most memorable sunsets that I’ve photographed.

Standing Really Tall

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There is about a half hour of daylight left. It’s time for me to start heading home. But first I have another mile on the Portage Hike and Bike trail to get to my car.

Being early December the sunlight is low in the sky as we move toward the winter solstice. It makes for some really warm light and interesting effects.

One of the latter is casting a shadow that makes me look about 15 feet tall.

I found it amusing and, of course, I had to make a photograph of it.

Written by csanders429

December 5, 2017 at 9:26 am

Fishing at Sundown

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A lone fisherman doesn’t seem fazed by the fact that the sun is setting over Lake Erie and soon he will be plunged into darkness. The scene is Edgewater Park in Cleveland on a late September day that saw the region set records for high temperatures. The high temperature that day was in the low 90s. Fall has officially begun a few days earlier.