My timing was perfect, as almost immediately after I took these, the sun set and the clouds darkened to an ominous deep gray color. On my way back to the house, a couple out for their evening walk called to me, "Did you get it when it was lit up?" I told them I had and they said they'd debated running back home to grab their camera. I know how that feels, and it's too bad they missed out on capturing it, but at least they got to experience it in the moment.
And to my friend Spud, fellow cloud-gazer who's celebrating his birthday tomorrow
and to whom I dedicate this post, I'd like to wish a...
May your birthday - and the year ahead - bring you only beautiful skies, dear Spudly!