At Sunset


As the sun set last evening I stood on the front deck with camera in hand.  It was one of those “perfect” moments.  The sun was going down in a glorious way.  The air was pleasantly refreshing with just the slightest hint of a breeze.  Then I heard a cardinal calling.  I looked back over my right shoulder and saw him sitting high on my tower.

I looked back toward the west and then I heard a second cardinal calling–this time from my left.  This one was farther away.  I was enjoying the enchantment of the unfolding scene.

Then I spotted a fawn running on the hay field just beyond our lawn.  Soon I saw the doe, but only one fawn.  Where was the sibling?  As I watched mom grazing and the young one playing, it became obvious this was not the doe with the twin fawns.

A few minutes later, mom and the twins came out as they frequently do around sunset.  That was the first time I’ve seen the two does and three fawns together.  It gives me pleasure to watch those fawns play just for the pure joy and exultation of running, turning and leaping.  (Wouldn’t it be nice to do that again?)

I found myself wishing that our granddaughter was there to share in the moment.  I came back in the house, took my camera to the office and sat down at the computer.  There was an e-mail from Briana.  That made my day complete.

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About Chuck

I am retired after a career in electronics and in publishing. Today, my wife of 50+ years, Sylvia, and I live in a house on a hill beside a dirt road in rural west Michigan. We enjoy living in this country environment where livestock and wild life out number the human population.

10 thoughts on “At Sunset

  1. Ah, she was thinking of you too. Isn’t that just the best feeling? Both under the same moon….but still…you feel so close.

    I am enjoying nature this summer. The hummingbirds, the cabillion little frogs that are in my pond….

    The stupid, destructive chipmunk….not so much. There is a bounty on his stripey head.

  2. The sunset here didn’t get that good. This morning’s sunrise (I’m sorry to say I did see it) was pretty darn good. Discovered now that I’m using feedly again I was checking the wrong list. When you weren’t on it, that was my big clue, ’cause I knew I had your blog entered.

    • It’s a rare day when I see a sunrise. Problem is getting to sleep at night.

      Glad you got Feedly straightened out. I had some awkward times with it early on.

  3. What a gorgeous sunset and a beautiful story of what was going on while viewing this scene !

    • When stepping out on that deck, I was only thinking about capturing an image of the setting sun. In the process, I found so much more.

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