More often of late I have been spending the night before a hike at the trail head. That way I can get an early start on the trail (around daylight) but also there is frequently a pretty sunset to be seen from those locations. These were taken a little after 9:30 last night from a trail at the Montana/Idaho border. (As the sunset began to develop I hiked up the trail a ways to get a better setting.)
The first is my favorite. All of them certainly give a new slant to the old photographer’s phrase, “the golden hour”. Looking at that third photo, I’m curious. Have you every experienced something called a “false horizon”, where the setting sun, coming down to a ridge or a peak, increases in size exponentially, just as the sun or moon will when they’re rising or setting and appear larger? I’ve only experienced it once, out in West Texas with the Davis mountains to my west. It was an amazing, terrifying and dangerous experience. I was driving at the time, and the entire road and landscape turned into a blaze of setting sun. There was nowhere I could look to get away from it. I know I wasn’t crazy, because there was a passenger who had precisely the same experience. Very strange.
Yes, I saw that one evening while driving through the four corners area from Denver on the way to Phoenix. For a period of time it seemed that all I could see was a big ball of sun. I’m forming the opinion that a person should never spend any time at all indoors.
I have experienced color like that in that same location before. I wonder if perhaps the altitude has a lot to do with it. The photos were taken from about 4500 feet and I suspect the horizon was considerably lower.
Wow, that’s gorgeous! What stunning colours. Camping there must be a wonderful experience. The time of your sunset shows that you’re further south than us – there is still blue sky here after 10 pm now.