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Updated on January 29, 2018

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 Sky

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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 Sets

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Darkness Ebbs

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!


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  • tiffany delite profile image

    tiffany delite 

    5 years ago from united states

    cool pics on this hub...thanks for sharing. blessings!

  • pmccray profile image


    7 years ago from Utah

    Sunrise and sunsets are a miracle to behold, makes one give pause and praise the Almighty for such beauty.

    Today I saw a red and yellow sunset and thought, how insignificant I am! Of course, I thought that yesterday too, and it rained. Woody Allen

  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Glad you enjoyed the sunsets TheListLady! This beautiful sky preceded our huge rain storm and ten inches!

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    7 years ago from New York City

    Wow! I don't get many of these sunsets in NYC - so I enjoyed seeing them.

    And all this with an iphone - wow! Thanks a million!

  • akirchner profile image

    Audrey Kirchner 

    7 years ago from Washington

    We get some of the most awesome sunrises and sunsets here as well - a lot of pinks and different hues but extremely lovely shapes. Great pics.

  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thank you Pamela! I love my iphone!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago

    I really enjoyed your hub. Sunsets are so beautiful and I like the way you were able to show the pictures as I don't have a clue as to how you did that. Very nice.


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