Rapture Sunset at Garden of the Gods

RAPTURE | GARDEN OF THE GODS

COLORADO SPRINGS, USA

Blitzing through Garden of the Gods Park in a panic, I leap a fence and sprint through a patch of yucca plants which stab at my ankles like a thousand spiky sea urchins. It never fails. Every time an epic sunset starts to build up in the sky, I am always late. All of the elements are in place and things are going to be brilliant. Pink and orange tones begin to glow across the clouds on the horizon and the magic light is only a few minutes off. I know exactly where I’m supposed to be to capture the shot; and naturally, I’m not even close.

This evening is no exception. The sky is getting ready to go nuclear, kicking off one of those rare sunsets that every photographer dreams about, but rarely captures. Missing this one would be devastating, one of those unforgivable moments in your career—the classic record-setting fish that got away.

I skid to a stop, plant the tripod and fling open the bag. By some miracle, the camera does in fact contain a compact flash card (which is a new one for me). Heart racing, I can see that I’m just in the nick of time. The sky is on fire, looking like an explosion from some kind of super volcano. Admittedly, I haven’t been this excited about an image in a long time, and it’s tough to control the camera when your veins are coursing with adrenaline.

The camera fires through frames as the sky becomes even more brilliant. I’m having a hard time believing that such a sunset is even possible. . . it just goes to show, Mother Nature never fails to outdo herself.

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