After The Storm
A cold front came through the Texas Hill Country today. It drizzled for hours, welcome rain after a dry and hot week. The temperatures were mild today with highs in the seventies and eighties. Once the sun peeked through the clouds, it warmed a bit. The humidity slowly left and Fall settled on the area.
In our area, Fall means mild temperatures, occasional rain and lots of falling leaves. The Sycamores have dropped their large leaves and the oaks are beginning to let go of their small ones. It is cloudy and cooler, a definite change of weather.
Because of the comfortable temperatures, my better half and I decided to take a drive. The sun was beginning to set, a perfect time for a drive. As we left the neighborhood, the receding storm clouds beamed red hues in the sky. What a gorgeous sunset!
Fire In the SkyClick thumbnail to view full-size
What Cloud Is This?
The clouds after the storm were unusual. They streaked across the sky and had a waffle pattern. A waffle iron has the same pattern. The effect created unusual designs in the sky. Spots of blue filtered through the fluffy low clouds tinged in red.
This sunset seemed to progress quickly. As we drove toward Lake Travis, I snapped pictures quickly to capture the phases of change as darkness approached.
The Sun Slowly SetsClick thumbnail to view full-size
By this time of day, the clouds had become light in appearance as they streaked across the sky. As night began to settle in, the reds became even more fiery in appearance, as if attempting to make a last minute statement.
The Best For Last
My Favorite Part of the Sunset
The best part of a sunset is beautiful, but brief. The treeline becomes black against the colorful sky. The outline of the trees with the fading light create a magical atmosphere for just a minute. If only the day could freeze this moment. if only it could stay this way for thirty minutes or an hour so that we could more fully enjoy those moments!
Gradually, the color fades and darkness envelopes the landscape. The colorful show has ended and is gone. There are few repeats. Each sunset is unique in design and color. The clouds form the backdrop for a setting sun each day with their own designs. We hold an expectancy for tomorrow's close and what beauty will descend on our fair city in the coming days!