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Another Lake Erie Sunset

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We were having dinner in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio, at a restaurant that has a deck right on Lake Erie. We make it a point to go there for dinner once every summer on a warm evening.

This year we arrived later than usual. It was the first time I’d been there as the sun was setting.

Soon the sun would descend into a soup of gathering clouds.

Whose House This is I do Not Know

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I have no idea who owns this house. It was just another home that I happened to see on a drive westward coming out of Salem, Ohio.

But it was nearly time for sunset and I liked the glint effect of the light. I was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a friend and I made this image from the passenger seat without my friend even slowing down.

I guess that makes this a literal grab shot. Yet I liked how it turned out.

Red Blinking Light

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On the railroad it is known as an EOT, which stands for end of train. It is a mechanical device that readers the air pressure at the end of the train and relays that information to the engineer in the locomotive.

EOTs have a blinking light so that a stopped train ahead is visible to a train that might be behind it.

This train is moving westbound through Olmsted Falls, Ohio, on tracks owned by Norfolk Southern.

The clouds to the west have begun breaking up enough to let through the last light of the day.

I was trying to time the blinking of the EOT to capture it as the train moved away from me. The starburst effect was simply a bonus.

Sunset Casts its Glow on the Mountains

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The sun is setting in Scottsdale, Arizona, as we wrap up a visit to Pinnacle Peak Park. I can’t see the sun from where I’m standing but I can see the reddish glow that it is casting on the nearby mountains. It is a sight I will never tire of seeing.

Sunset Over JFK

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It is Dec. 7, 1982, and I am in the boarding lounge at John F. Kennedy International Airport. I’ll be boarding a Pan American World Airways flight to New Orleans.

That is probably  my plane in the foreground because my flight log shows that I flew on a Boeing 727.

It had not been all that long since the U.S. government had allowed Pan Am to fly domestic routes. For many years, Pan Am could only carry passengers headed overseas.

The sun is setting and I’m captivated by the sight. I see some possibilities, namely framing aircraft at the gate and the setting sun.

This image is one of several I made, trying different settings and framing. It is my favorite of the batch.

Columbus Skyline on a Late Saturday Afternoon

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The weather forecast for Columbus, Ohio, called for mostly sunny skies. That was later downgraded to partly sunny conditions. But when I arrived there around 10 a.m. it was overcast and cold with occasional snow flurries.

But most of my activities for this day trip were indoors so the weather didn’t matter that much. I didn’t need to see the sun.

As I was getting ready to leave to return home, I noticed what appeared to be a break in the weather. I could see the back edge of the massive layer of clouds that had hung over the city all day.

Was the weather that had been predicted about to come along? Perhaps, but there was only about an hour of daylight left and the only difference appeared to be a thinner layer of clouds.

Nonetheless, I took advantage of an opportunity to make a photograph of the Columbus skyline with some golden color behind it. The image was made from the parking deck at John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

The Last Pink Light of the Day

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Dinner was over and it was starting to get dark. I was reading a newspaper in a sun room of the home of a cousin of my wife who lives near Linden, Michigan, on a lake.

A storm had moved through, but it had moved out, leaving behind some clouds.

I didn’t get to see the sunset because of the clouds, but I did notice that some pinkish light remained afterwards with a hint of purple in the clouds.

I grabbed my camera and went outside. When I can, I don’t like to let a nice sunset go to waste.

I’ve seen similar sunsets, but each presents its own pattern, its own colors and its own beauty.