Heavenly Repeater #13284
Dramatic sunset colors high above are perfectly mirrored across calm lake water, evenly split by silhouetted low mountains in black. Reflections of pink, blue, and yellow colors high in the evening sky appear the same below across the lake’s surface, repeated. Using the horizon line, the scene is split crosswise into two, the above exactly mirroring the below in a perfect balance.
Full nightfall was only a few short minutes away when this summer scene was captured. The end-of-day dusk has deepened to near dark as the twilight slips away into the night sky. As distant lights came on, that deepening darkness made the yellow glow from the remaining daylight on the western horizon seem even brighter. Suspended high above, lofty feathered pink clouds were strung out and trailing along like reaching fingers. Very soon, this scene was replaced by nothing but the stars above.
For those seeking a rich sunset scene, and many people do, dramatic sunset colors are most enhanced above water. A large body of water looking west is best photographically, like one of the Great Lakes, the Chesapeake Bay, or even the Pacific Ocean. It’s then the sunset effect is the strongest and the sky the widest, but sometimes a good scene can evolve from just a small lake at twilight such as this one.
Location: near Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania. Picture and story © Andrew Dierks
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