Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sadness continues, and a month of unbelievable sunsets

Oh what a sad summer it has been.  Another loss--my dearest, closest lifetime friend's husband died this week after a short battle with cancer.  We feel we are too young to be widows, but life keeps giving us hard lessons.  I am glad she lives close by and I can help her through the coming tough days, weeks, months.  Life has taken a decided turn and I begin to realize the best days are probably behind us.

I'm having good success at tackling my latest projects.  And I've added a new walking schedule every morning after dropping the kids off at school.  I've been feeling so down and my body was getting new aches and pains, and the long walks do help at lot with both issues.

Every evening I take some moments with a glass of wine on the patio, while the hummingbirds and other feathered friends desperately feed before dark falls.  We have had the hottest July and August on record, and it's still in the 80's at sunset.  But even in the heat, I love those few minutes at sundown.  I've been pretty crazy at taking pictures of sunsets this year, but honestly it is spectacular every night.  The colors are enhanced by the many range fires, dust and pollutants in the air.  Not a happy thought, but there is something thrilling in watching these amazing sights.

This isn't even all of them.  But prepare to OD on sunset pictures.  The dates are above the photo.  All but one were taken from my patio.  For some days I've posted multiple pictures to show how the sky changes dramatically over a short half hour or so.
July 28, 2013
 Great Salt Lake, August 5, 2013
 August 11, 2013
 August 12, 2013
  August 12, 2013

August 19, 2013
 August 25, 2013
August 27. 2013

 August 27. 2013
 August 27. 2013
 August 28, 2013

August 30, 2013
This last photo was with my cell phone, so quality is not as good.  And the sun was actually a huge red orb, but I couldn't capture that color.

So goodbye to August, goodbye to summer.  I consider September the start of autumn, although our high temperatures remain in the 90's, well above normal, and the nights do not yet cool down.  I know the opposite extreme is coming before we know it.


troutbirder said...

Sunsets are beautiful and you've captured them well. Perhaps a metaphor for life itself. My best friend is dying of pancreatic and we took him and his wife (a former teacher colleague of mine) for a ride along the Big River yesterday afternoon and dinner watching the eagles fishing. Some good laughs in spite of it all.....:)

Bekkieann said...

So sorry to hear about your friend, TB. I spend a lot of time sighing about how things have changed since we got old. All the best to you and your friends.

Vicki said...

Beautiful sunsets. We only have the present moment. Enjoy.