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Vermilion Sunset

Vermilion Sunset


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The distant sun disappeared gently behind the mighty Huachuca Mountains as we walked from the San Pedro River towards our car, painting the world in a delicate golden hue. We had just completed an incredible hike that began with three glistening blue Lazuli Bunting perched before us, continued with a magnificent Zone-tailed Hawk perched above us and ending, I thought, with the most wonderful moment of perfect light on a cooperative Great-horned Owl. But then, as the last glimmer of the days available light tenaciously hung in the sky, a Vermilion Flycatcher landed at waist level on a single stalk of tall grass. As that last light surrounded the birds' dark red silhouette with a brilliant rim glow, I felt a deep connection with the grand creation of this world.

There are two hours in the day, at daylights start and daylights end, where Gods love anoints the world with a touch of gold. It is as if He wants us to understand that all that transpires between those hours will be cloaked in the healing richness of creations glory. For me, it is the reinforcing of the understanding that all will be OK. I am humbled to share these moments and grateful to be His scribe.

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Shot date: April 15, 2019
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
¹⁄₁₀₀₀ sec at f/5.6 Bias:‒ ²⁄₃ EV
Lens: EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM
ISO: 640