Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Sensory overload


The plan was to write about an event my husband and I hosted over the weekend. Since Saturday I’ve been thinking about what I’d write come Monday evening.

It all started out like this.

But as usual I got distracted by the view outside my window. It was hard not to watch as over the course of a few hours we went from blue skies and puffy white clouds to an amazing pink and purple finish.

And then we got our typical afternoon storm.

I can’t help but share with you just a few of the images I’ll never forget.

The afternoon thunderstorm lasted longer than the thirty minutes we’ve become accustomed to. And to the north of us the sun continued to shine, making the rain glisten as it streamed into the lake.

The lake turned green with silver beads of rain.

And then, after an hour or so the rain stopped and the sky lightened and the lake went glassy in preparation for donning her evening wear.

Anticipation builds.

Things started to turn pink and gold.

Now it’s getting interesting.

Katie and I headed to the dock at a brisk pace as the sky began to change. For once she didn’t have to stop and sniff every blade of grass. She seemed to sense my urgency.

We started out gold.

And as we stood on the dock in amazement this happened.


Katie was so overwhelmed she didn’t even ask for a treat as payment to pose.

Hey mama! I’m pink!

The color just kept intensifying. It was hard to know where to shoot. So I just shot everywhere.

Simply beyond words.

And then, as we stood there, trying to remember to breath, the color faded to purple and the light slowly died.

The closing act.

Mother Nature gave quite a show. She presented her best finery tonight, and I hope wherever you are you were given a similar gift. But if you happened to have rain, or boring empty skies, I’m sharing Katie’s and my sunset.

Because it was just too big not to.

Good night everyone!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

25 thoughts on “Sensory overload

  1. Oh wow! I’m so glad you shared your sensory overload. It was absolutely gorgeous!


  2. Wow! Mammutus clouds look dramatic anyway, but add those sunset colors and they’re amazing! What a gorgeous evening.


    • Years ago I saw some mammutus clouds, all in one big bunch though, not spread out like this, and not at sunset. Didn’t have a camera then, so glad I had one for this sunset!


  3. This is quite amazing. Beautiful pictures love seeing all the changes in the sky.


  4. I have never seen anything like it Dawn- so amazingly beautiful. The clouds formations and the colors. Thanks for sharing


  5. Just . . . WOW.


  6. I have to say what everyone else has said: Wow!! I have never seen a sky like this, Dawn. Gorgeous.


  7. My gosh that sky is gorgeous! What a lovely series of photos.


  8. Now that was nature in all her glory


  9. I’ve never seen a pink Sheltie before — she looks beautiful! And what glorious photos you’ve captured here. Thank you for sharing them with us (personally, we’re exhausted from all the rain and storms, and Dallas is tired of wet feeties!)


  10. Huge wow!
    People tend to think that there’s nothing to take a photo of around them at all, or if they had a photo they figure it’s not worth going there again. Look at what you got in a few hours with ths same scene! Thanks for sharing that reminder and all that beauty.


    • The benefit of living on or near water is that it’s different all the time. Same thing with the sky. And if you’re lucky enough to have both, well, then you need a camera on you at all times!


  11. Breathtaking!! I’ve occasionally seen clouds like that, but it’s a rare occasion. Wonderful images, Dawn. Thank you for sharing your beautiful sunset with us. 🙂


  12. I’m a month behind on correspondences and this is the first photo montage I see. How great is Mother Nature to produce such exquisite masterpieces. Nothing out of George Lucas’s studios could ever compare.

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