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Romancing the sunset

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I went sunset-hunting late one Sunday afternoon. Playing a hunch, I drove west toward Phoenix and Papago Park, rather than south toward Casa Grande, as I had originally intended. It was perhaps the best hunch I have had lately, at least as far as photography is concerned.

 

After parking my car, I grabbed my camera and walked about a half mile (just under 1km) to a picnic area, enclosed by a stone wall, where I knew I would have a good vantage point for viewing the day's sunset. (I've used it for that purpose before.) As I ascended a small rise toward the picnic area, I saw this couple about 40 feet in front of me. I asked them to stay where they were for just a moment because I wanted to take their picture, which I thought would make a good sihlouette. They asked if I was serious, and I replied that yes, I was. I told them to chat with each other for a minute or two and pretend I wasn't there. I then took three pictures, all of which will probably be posted on Flickr eventually, although I decided this one was the best of the three.

 

The couple thanked me for giving them an extra moment or two to rest, and as soon as they knew I was finished, they took off running. They had been jogging in the park. I hate being photographed, but experiences such as this one have persuaded me to cooperate and be a good sport from now on whenever anyone wishes to take my picture. This one is a treasure, and today's sunset-hunting expedition would have been well worth the effort even if this had been the only image I had been able to capture.

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Taken on January 29, 2006