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The colors of nature

January 30, 2009

I can’t think of a much better way to end a workweek than to hike up to the top of a hill and watch a striking sunset.  The hike is invigorating and the sunset an infusion of peace. 

Tonight, like almost every night in southeastern Montana, the setting sun splashed buckets of hot pink underneath the fairweather clouds lining the horizon.  Deep purple settled in on top of the clouds, contrasting with the brilliant sky blue above.  Bright pink shone on the clouds fringing the eastern horizon as well, made extra striking by the deepening blue in that part of the sky.  Directly above, a crescent moon and a single star – or maybe a planet – began to glow delicately.

Every time I see a sky like this, illuminated with bright fluorescent colors, I think back to elementary school and to the kids who would color their skies with purple or pink or orange or green.  Not normal sky colors to the other kids or teachers, but perfectly normal sky colors to Mother Nature.

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