Sunset hues

sunset3They say when life gives you lemons make lemonade, so when life doesn’t give you a view of a comet streaking across the heavens you might as well take some sunset photos.

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I was out hunting comet Panstarrs this evening on a remote section of town.  I tried to think of the darkest, loneliest unknown spot in Tracy and settled on the furthest end of south MacArthur Drive.  Just past the California Aqueduct and next to a young almond orchard I parked in the dirt shoulder to watch for the comet’s appearance in the western sky.

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I’m not sure if it was the thin layer of clouds hanging low to the foothills or the foothills themselves but I never could catch a glimpse of the comet.  Instead I was treated to magnificent show as the sun illuminated the thin cloud layer with a fiery show as it slipped below the horizon. That and a serenade by coyotes in the field behind me made for an interesting photo shoot.

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I will try again to sight the comet one more time later this week but tonight’s adventure was far from a failure.  I think anytime you can catch the beauty of a setting sun and the magnificent colors it produces is worth any effort and probably better than seeing a dimly lit comet.

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