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Sunset this evening (Original Post) George McGovern Sep 2021 OP
Gorgeous. PoindexterOglethorpe Sep 2021 #1
Thank You, PoindexterOglethorpe. We live outside of Ellensburg, Washington. George McGovern Sep 2021 #2
Beautiful sky. PoindexterOglethorpe Sep 2021 #4
That's great because you can see and appreciate them. George McGovern Sep 2021 #5
Oh, stunning, George! Diamond_Dog Sep 2021 #3
Thank You Diamond! George McGovern Sep 2021 #7
That's what I was going to day! ShazzieB Sep 2021 #27
Thank You ShazzieB! George McGovern Sep 2021 #29
Could smoke from the fires make the sunsets so colorful? FuzzyRabbit Sep 2021 #6
There is one burning around a hundred miles south and west of us, FuzzyRabbit. George McGovern Sep 2021 #9
The air quality in Seattle FuzzyRabbit Sep 2021 #11
Thanks FuzzyRabbit. Funny how we remember things from so long ago. Or not. George McGovern Sep 2021 #13
For me remembering is wonderful! FuzzyRabbit Sep 2021 #16
You're welcome. I can hear leaves rustling in the breeze. Beautiful sound for sure. George McGovern Sep 2021 #17
Super nice photo. And a great view. Hoyt Sep 2021 #8
Thank You Hoyt. George McGovern Sep 2021 #10
Beautiful, George. brer cat Sep 2021 #12
Thank You brer cat. "First peeking out" is a perfect description. George McGovern Sep 2021 #14
Yes. It crosses the main roads near us. brer cat Sep 2021 #19
The AT is special to me brer cat. George McGovern Sep 2021 #25
Ah, goal-oriented youth! brer cat Sep 2021 #28
Thanks brer cat. The Applachian Trail is a national treasure. George McGovern Sep 2021 #30
Ay, que bella vista! Thanks for posting. RestoreAmerica2020 Sep 2021 #15
You're welcome RestoreAmerica2020! A beautiful view indeed! Thank You!! George McGovern Sep 2021 #18
This one is indeed one of your "paintings"!! Duppers Sep 2021 #20
Awww thank you Duppers!! George McGovern Sep 2021 #22
It's so beautiful! Nt spooky3 Sep 2021 #21
Thank You spooky3! It was a privilege to see. George McGovern Sep 2021 #23
Just glorious! MLAA Sep 2021 #24
Thank You MLAA!! George McGovern Sep 2021 #26


(2,007 posts)
6. Could smoke from the fires make the sunsets so colorful?
Sat Sep 25, 2021, 10:43 PM
Sep 2021

Back when I was a kid, lumber mills on the Olympic Peninsula would burn waste sawdust or something. Sunsets would often be this colorful looking from Seattle.

Nowadays we don't see such colorful sunsets.

George McGovern

(5,468 posts)
9. There is one burning around a hundred miles south and west of us, FuzzyRabbit.
Sat Sep 25, 2021, 10:48 PM
Sep 2021

Could be why. But I also "enhanced" the image in post processing.

Did the mills where you grew up affect the air quality besides coloring sunsets?


(2,007 posts)
11. The air quality in Seattle
Sat Sep 25, 2021, 10:53 PM
Sep 2021

was not affected very much from the Olympic peninsula fires. At least I don't remember that it was, but that was more than 50 years ago.


(2,007 posts)
16. For me remembering is wonderful!
Sat Sep 25, 2021, 11:28 PM
Sep 2021

I can close my eyes and put myself back in our front yard when I was a kid.

We had a couple big cherry trees in front of our house, and a grove of maple trees across the driveway. On a warm summer afternoon the tree leaves made a beautiful rustling sound in the breeze.

We could look across the lake and see the Seattle skyline (such as it was 65 years ago) and on a clear day look beyond to the Olympic mountains. Sometimes we would see a beautiful sunset like your gorgeous photo.

Those days are gone now, and the trees and our house, also. But my memories of them are still vivid and I am glad I can go back to those memories anytime I want to.

Thanks for posting your photo.

George McGovern

(5,468 posts)
17. You're welcome. I can hear leaves rustling in the breeze. Beautiful sound for sure.
Sat Sep 25, 2021, 11:37 PM
Sep 2021

Wonderful memories you have.

brer cat

(25,119 posts)
12. Beautiful, George.
Sat Sep 25, 2021, 11:01 PM
Sep 2021

I live in a valley surrounded by mountains in North Ga. I love to see the sun when it is dropping behind a mountain, and again when it is first peeking out in the morning.

George McGovern

(5,468 posts)
14. Thank You brer cat. "First peeking out" is a perfect description.
Sat Sep 25, 2021, 11:10 PM
Sep 2021

Is your valley anywhere near the Applachian Trail?

brer cat

(25,119 posts)
19. Yes. It crosses the main roads near us.
Sat Sep 25, 2021, 11:52 PM
Sep 2021

We are usually the first stop-off for the through hikers headed north. We enjoy having them in the area. The sight of the first hikers is our harbinger of spring.

George McGovern

(5,468 posts)
25. The AT is special to me brer cat.
Sun Sep 26, 2021, 12:29 AM
Sep 2021

Back in the mid-seventies sometime or other I was able to hike from a trailhead in northwest Connecticut (not far from home) through western Massachusetts, across Vermont, New Hampshire and not far into Maine. I'll never forget standing alone at 3,870 feet atop Goose Eye Mountain in southwestern Maine. No one in sight, brisk breeze a'blowing and that was the only sound around.

Never made it to Katahdin, until some ten years hence during a nice vacation outside Baxter State Park. Then I got the chance to climb the mountain.

During my time on the trail I met a young guy, early twenties perhaps, who came up fast behind me. Whereas I was carrying a full backpack this kid had a large daypack strapped on. His goal was to hike the entire AT as fast as he possibly could, and he was doing it. As he disappeared around the next bend I just shook my head in negative wonder — there, at that moment, we were in beautiful country on that trail: how much was he seeing of it? I was a plodder, always looking around after seeing my next immediate bootsteps.
I left him to speed-walk and took my time in the wilderness.

That's great you have such a connection with through hikers! Wouldn't you like to hear some of their stories when they were through with their hikes . . .

brer cat

(25,119 posts)
28. Ah, goal-oriented youth!
Sun Sep 26, 2021, 05:42 AM
Sep 2021

I wonder if they ever regret what they miss along the way.

I do understand the many who divide it into sections and make the AT trek over a period of years. They have the time to enjoy the journey and their surroundings. It's still an amazing feat. I'm glad you had a chance to enjoy the AT through some lovely country.

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