Chasing sunsets


I haven’t done a lot of personal photography since my mom passed away, I just haven’t felt like picking up a camera unless it was for work. But looking out at the evening sky I knew I had to get back into the swing of things and I couldn’t think of a better way than to capture a sunset.




The heatwave stifling the central valley has brought in some hazy skies but I was a more than a little surprised to see clouds rolling in as evening settled in. A quick check of my iPhone showed sunset at 8:30 p.m. and with about 20 minutes to go I loaded up my car and drove north to find a clear view of the setting sun.




North Tracy isn’t the prettiest sight so I headed out of town heading to the farmlands to the north west off Lammers and Reeve roads. The sun was sinking pretty quickly so I found the first open area I could and set up for some shots with the 300 mm f.4 lens.



I framed the sun next to a high power transmission line tower as the sun sank into the hillside in the distance.soon the cloud layer illuminated a fiery red as the sun sank further sending the cloud bank into darkness. Warm winds swept across the fields next to me as the last rays of light disappeared leaving a darkening sky.


It ended all to quick but it was fun getting back to taking those special pictures just for me. I will return to the trail this week and try and put some of my sadness aside. It’s time to see the beauty around me once again.