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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.

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.

Providing Light From Atop the Rocks

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I earlier published an image that I made at Bass Harbor Head lighthouse in Maine. It was the first lighthouse that I ever photographed.

Made in October 1978, it would be decades before I again photographed another lighthouse. In recent years I’ve developed an interest in lighthouses although most of those that I photograph these days are on the Great Lakes.

My first attempt to photograph Bass Harbor was at the entrance level. That was the image I posted earlier.

After making it, I noticed that there was a way to climb down the rocky knoll upon which the lighthouse sits.

The sun was sinking fast and casting warm light on the rocks and the lighthouse itself. My earlier photograph does well in showing more of the lighthouse itself, but this angle provide more context, including giving a hint of why the lighthouse was situated here in the first place many years ago.

Reflections on a Long Ago Sunset

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I ran across this Kodachrome slide more than a year ago while looking for something else. I set it aside and planned to put it back in the box but for some reason it never got put away.

It has sat on my desk for several months gathering dust. While scanning slides for a book project, I decided to do something about this slide. I cleaned it and then scanned it.

The slide mount is stamped December 1979. Chances are it was one of a handful of frames left on a roll of film that I exposed during a trip to Florida.

My memory is that I made this image at the edge of the backyard of the house in which I was living at the time. It wasn’t just any house. It was the house in which I grew up and moved back to after college when a job offer came along in my hometown of Mattoon, Illinois.

Our house was on the edge of town and the view to the south and southwest was farm fields. In December the sunset would have been toward the southwest.

I no longer remember why I made this particular image. Maybe I was standing in my backyard, saw the sunset and decided to capture it.

I used to spend a lot of time standing on the edge of the field abutting our property, looking toward the southwest and thinking about things.

In December 1979, I had a lot to think about. My mother had died tin October of cancer. A friend had died in a plane crash on Thanksgiving Day. I was going through tough times.

Amid a period of recovering from grief I saw beauty in this scene. I vaguely remember stopping down the aperture just to see what effect it would have.

I must have gotten on my knees to frame the vegetation in the foreground, plants that many might call weeds.

The image turned out darker than I would have liked, but I liked what I saw. I still do.

The slide from which this image was scanned has since been placed back into its box. In life, there are always times when things must be put away, even if they are never quite forgotten.

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.

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.

At the End of Another Day

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Maybe it was a good day, maybe it was a bad day or maybe it was just another day. But no matter what type of day that I’m having or have had I never fail to be impressed or even to take note of another colorful sunset. Nature’s beauty is enough to lead me to pause and enjoy it even if for just a moment or two. Shown is a sunset near Oak Creek, Arizona.