Sunset at Idaho's City of Rocks National Reserve.

Why I Never Miss a Wilderness Sunset or Sunrise

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By Michael Lanza

The June evening was more than a few hours old when, without warning, the sky suddenly caught fire. The kids, teenagers and ’tweeners, and some of the adults in our group scrambled up onto the largest nearby rock formation to observe the sunset from high off the ground. Like a wildfire swept forward by wind, hues of yellow, orange, and red leapt across bands of clouds suspended above the western horizon, their ragged bottoms edges, appropriately, resembling dancing flames.

For a span of just minutes that felt timeless, the light painted and repainted the clouds in ever-shifting, warm colors starkly contrasted against the cool, deepening blue of the sky—as if a vast lake had ignited.

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4 Responses to Why I Never Miss a Wilderness Sunset or Sunrise

  1. Max   |  July 18, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    What a good rule. Thanks for the inspiring reminder, accompanied by beautiful photos. I am going to make a habit of it from now on.

    • MichaelALanza   |  August 1, 2017 at 4:17 am

      That’s a good habit to form, Max. Thanks for writing.

  2. Lana   |  July 11, 2017 at 2:08 am

    It’s breathtaking to see your pictures. Nice photography skills.

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