Sunset tonight (June 9, 2009) was spectacular, first with yellows, then shades of orange and pink. As the sun sank below the horizon, pinks deepened to impossible reds, and then it was over for another twenty four hours.
Couples who had come to Gates Pass to watch the spectacle sat a little while longer, enjoying the moment with each other. Two by two, they found their way off the mountain and back to the parking lot at the foot of the pass. Lights came on, engines started up, and they left.
But the sky wasn't through showing off. Tonight, my favorite photo came nearly half an hour after the reds had faded back to grey. The greys deepened into dark blue, while off to the west clear sky was still visible in patches. That faded away as night fell, and one by one the stars appeared.
Tucson is such a beautiful place to live. I'm blessed.
Photos copyright Mike in Tucson