IN THE FIELD: Sunset Snow


Yesterday evening I was closing the curtains for the night to help keep the warmth inside. And to cover the big black holes that form at every window opening when it’s dark outside.

As I looked out one of the windows on the western side of the house, I caught a glimpse of yet another vibrant sunset. The sky was brightly colored with yellow, orange, pink, lavender, and purple. As a bonus, the snow in our side yard was glistening from the light of the setting sun. I grabbed my camera and was able to take a few photos before the color began to fade.

f 5.6


ISO 200

cloudy WB

  1. February 7, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    nice capture, I find it doesn’t always work out for me.

    • February 7, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks Jane, I was lined up directly with the setting sun…due to the position of the house and window I was looking out. Total luck. The color was gone within a few minutes (2) after taking this photo.

  2. February 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Cool! If you hadn’t told me it was snow I would’ve guessed sand.

    • February 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Sand…hmmmm I haven’t had my feet in sand for years…but it sounds like a great idea right about now!

  3. February 7, 2014 at 6:33 pm


    • February 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Thanks Laura, and thanks for the visit. I’ve been snooping around your Blog too. You have some wonderful images and I particularly like your header image!

      • February 8, 2014 at 10:30 am

        Thanks for snooping! Ahh…yes! I took my husband hot air ballooning for his birthday in Napa which is about an hour from here. It was probably 4:30 am when I took that picture. They were filling the balloon up and asked me if I wanted to go inside because they saw my camera. I pumped up the ISO and voila! 🙂

      • February 8, 2014 at 2:28 pm

        That must have ben the greatest experience being inside the envelope as they call it…except for actually getting airborne!!!

      • February 8, 2014 at 4:19 pm

        It really was neat! I’m glad I had that opportunity.

  4. EvaUhu
    February 8, 2014 at 4:07 am

    the color and the texture are great! wish I’d the opportunity to catch sth like that, but this year there’s not a bit of snow around, at least not in our part of the country…

    • February 8, 2014 at 10:05 am

      Thank you Eva…you have no snow in your country? That’s amazing. I suppose mother nature is just going through a cycle of sorts and it’s our turn this year.

      • EvaUhu
        February 8, 2014 at 12:12 pm

        usually we have snow all over the country starting from early january. but this year some parts (including the one were I live) are completely green while others are buried in snow – resulting in avalanches, power shortages and disruption of public transport. it’s kind of surreal within a small country like ours. mother nature really seems out of bounds this winter…

  5. LB
    February 8, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Sparkling! Nice!

    • February 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      It sure was sparkly…even more so than the camera was able to duplicate.

  6. February 9, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Wow – I didn’t know they had snow on Mars 😉

    • February 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      DING DING DING You are the winner!!! That day I was really on my way back from an inter-stellar cruise. I swung low over the polar ice cap on Mars and got a few shots before I had to fire the retro rockets to escape the gravitational pull.

      • February 9, 2014 at 2:54 pm

        Sounds like quite a journey! All in the aid of art – of course 🙂

  7. February 10, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Wow, beautiful! 🙂

    • February 10, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Thanks Jo, it was short lived but it sure was a sight to see!

  8. February 13, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I love the contrast of the orange-gold snow and lavender-blue shadows! I’m with you on closing the curtains. Even if I know no one can see in, I still don’t like those big black holes after dark. How people can be comfortable living with walls of curtainless windows is beyond me! 🙂

  9. February 14, 2014 at 11:09 am

    The color of the snow sure was pretty that evening. The only thing I did to this image was sharpen it a bit because I was shooting through the closed window and screen. There are quite a few neighbors here and in the past that had those walls of windows with no curtains. We never did go for, or have those two story walls of glass. As you said, it’s too uncomfortable….and creepy!

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