The first two weeks of October have been a time of year that I have been looking forward to for the last eleven years. During the last decade I lived in the Midwest. This time of year when the unfolding of Autumn’s stunning display of colors attracts the attention of the nation.

I’m a long way from God’s Fall show. Here on the West Coast, the trees are evergreen. They have another kind of beauty. However, I did discover another kind of Autumn color.

Last week I was down in Pacific Grove, California. I stayed at the Asilomar Retreat Center. It is right on the Pacific Coast.

As dinner finished up, many in the cafeteria abruptly got up from their seats. You could tell that they were are eager to beat the clock. I looked outside and saw that dusk was upon us. It would be the only night that I could enjoy a sunset and guessed that everyone else was aiming at the same goal.

My step was quick. A smile decorated my countenance. Automatically, I removed the lens cap off of my Nikon D50.

It was natural to switch the camera on. I pulled up my photo machine, gazed through the SLR lens and framed my first shot. Rats!

I had the camera on automatic. The flash popped up. When I snapped a photo the momentary imitation light lit up the foreground like it was daytime and washed out the colors of the fading sunset.

A quick adjustment took care of the problem. Only four frames were wasted. But, after that, silhouette foregrounds and sidebars gave me a chance to have fun with natural borders of the sunset colors.

Clouds, both cirrocumulus and stratocumulus gave the variations in texture. When the final rays of the sun disappeared over the horizon, it splashed the bright oranges, deep reds and highlighted yellows on the canvas in the sky.

Then, I gazed upward. My breathing stopped. I raised my lens and captured the clouds radiating the sun rays. The sky looked like it was on fire. Shot after shot, the colors were resplendent. The mixtures lit up the sky.

It was only a matter of minutes that the panoramic scene made itself visible. The fading light and the splash of stunning color was on a timer. It was only a temporary display. I was glad that I caught it with my camera. It is different but still an amazing show of Autumn color.

photo credit: brucefong photography