Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Do you notice when the sun sets?
I love sunsets.....how original, I know.

There is just....something...about taking a few minutes to pause at the day's end to watch the sun slip away silently until morning.

As soon as I could drive, every now and then I'd hop in my old Jeep pick-up, AM radio blaring, and head up the road to get a clear shot of the sinking sun behind the mountains. We lived on the plains....ish. Our house sat right where the Rocky Mountains rolled out into flatness, kind of in the in-between--waves of fields dotted with cows, rocky buttes, and a river winding through it all.

I'd park my Jeep on the side of the road (praying it would start back up...it was a beast), and watch the sun dip behind the mountains. I never went with a purpose, I just liked getting up high, a view in all directions, and watching that big Montana sky wind down from it's day.

That teenage girl with the crazy hair was on to something....and I wish I could go back in time and thank her for the insight (and maybe give her a few tips about life....and hair).
Days are busy. Life is crazy....and seems to get more and more chaotic the older we get.
Time moves too quickly.
Do we pause enough to take it all in?

Sunday afternoon we jumped in the car to head out for a drive. The wind was whipping and the sky was threatening snow--but we wanted to hit one of our favorite roads that will soon be closed for winter. We had no intention of doing anything more than look out the windows--the kids were in pajamas with snow boots slipped over bare feet.

But as we drove out of the trees into a high clearing, the sky began to glow. The day had been grey....it mirrored my mood--and I had not expected that the sun would break through the clouds last minute and give us a show. We parked the car and headed UP. Straight up onto the highest point we could get to with little time to spare--through new snow and frozen grass, the wind biting at our noses.

I gasped (partially from the wind), but mostly from the view. Clouds in every size, shape, and texture spanned out for miles--we were on top of the world. We watched as the whole earth lit up--pink! then orange! purple! Lastly a bright silver in the sky--the mountains on fire as the sun shouted out one last good bye. 

My photos don't do it justice. They are a bit....blah.
But he FEELING that was there was something that you just can't capture in a photograph.
My favorite three people under a glowing sky....the best.
I paused and watched the sun melt away--time seemed to slow.
I felt.....everything. 
Life is good.
I've got this.
My soul was filled--in just a few minutes time.
Just from pausing for a moment and taking it all in.
All from watching the sun say goodnight. 

So I'll ask you again.....
Do you notice when the sun sets?
Should you?


Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Enjoy each and everyone of them!

Liz said...

I love this! So beautiful. My favorite moments are coming up from the subway or home from a run and seeing the sun set over the city - I try to soak up every moment. You are such a talented photographer and I love how you capture your memories so poignantly. xx

Jillzilla said...

I love a sunset, but there is something about being up early when the sun rises that really gets me. When the world is quiet and still. When you get a chance to start over again. When everything seems fresh, new, in a different light. At 6 am, I drop my husband off at work and then hit the gym before I go to work. This creates a perfectly timed drive over Portland's Fremont bridge, and one of the most beautiful city sunrises I have known. Mt Hood in the distance, still a shadow, and the light glistening off the Willamette. And everything is so green, no matter what time of the year.

My husband proposed to me on a sunrise hike through Devil's Garden in Arches. That sunrise started a new chapter. A time of evolution, of change. The good kind of change. I feel lucky to have a daily reminder of that moment.

Alexandra Lev said...

These photos are STUNNING. They make me feel peaceful and that it pretty dang awesome. Sunsets are the best.

julie said...

Yes . . . and YES.

amanda said...

I did tonight. I stepped outside right when dinner was ready and caught my breath -- it was overcast and rainy all day, but the clouds parted just enough to set the whole sky on fire -- and the autumn leaves and their colors were intensified by a factor of 10,000 -- and a just-there smoky haze was rising from the ground. It was incredible. I called the kids and we went outside to soak it in, dinner or no dinner.

houseofstarkey said...

I can't even tell you just how very beautiful these pics from Utah are--thank you for sharing!

thefolia said...

Viva la sunset and soft billowing clouds!