Autumn and winter are the seasons of spectacular sunsets here on the Oregon coast, sometimes appearing as gentle watercolor washes of intense color, and sometimes as swirls and curls of fire in the sky. All through Christmas day, 2008, the sky was beautifully dramatic. At sunset I was in my kitchen getting ready to take take the turkey out of the oven, when I glanced out the windows to the west and saw that the colors had become warm and brilliant and the clouds were dancing across the horizon. Immediately abandoning the turkey in favor of my camera (my fiance, fortunately, is an understanding man), I went outside and shot a series of six vertical photographs, looking west from the north side of my house. Later, I joined them as one, to create a panorama. Here is what I saw as the sun set in that lovely twilight. (Despite the delay, the turkey turned out beautifully, and suffered no harm in the making of this image.)
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