A Sunset Walk Is an Adventure

The other night, we went for a walk as the sun was setting, and it was an adventure. I did not have my camera with me, but I did have my phone. So here are some photos from our evening.

Sunset Views

The sunset sky view looking down our driveway

Even before we had started walking, as I was still tying my shoes, Laura said, “Look at the sky!” And when I turned around after making sure my shoes were double-knotted (can’t have them coming untied while we walk, after all), the above was what I saw. It was definitely worth getting my phone out to capture the scene, wouldn’t you agree? I say it often around here at the Burnsland website, but I am constantly amazed by the beauty of God’s creation. This was yet another example of that.

And just as I was finishing taking the above photo, Laura jumped in front of me:

Laura says she is camera shy

She said, “I am camera shy!” Yes, and it shows. But this photo was definitely a keeper. She can jump in my photos any time at all.

As we moved on, we got a better view of those clouds that were behind the trees in the first photo. Here they are:

Colorful clouds in the evening

I love all of the different colors that you can see in this photo. A blue sky on a sunny day is always nice, but the colors of the evening are spectacular because there are so many different colors to be seen, especially on an evening with some clouds.

The clouds in that photo were seen looking toward the west. Here was the view from the same spot but looking to the east:

Sunlight on the tops of a tall cloud formation

The sun was lighting up the high tops of that large cloud formation, and it was really cool. And yes, I say things are “cool” all the time. Maybe I should change to “groovy” or “swell” or something different?

On our second trip down the driveway (yes, we have a very long driveway), everything had changed just a bit:

A rain shower surrounded by low clouds

No, that is not a mushroom cloud coming up from our neighbors’ house. That is an isolated rain shower at the center of the photo. It looked like the lower clouds had parted for the rain to come through. Or maybe the lower clouds were just moving in around the rain. I am no meteorologist, although I do know how to spell meteorologist, and spell-check confirms that. But whatever phenomenon (another word I can spell correctly) was going on here, I thought it was, again, cool. Swell. Groovy, even.

What Is an Adventure?

An adventure does not have to be anything big. It even says so in the splash section of this site’s main page. So for us, just going for a walk can even be an adventure. Part of what makes the adventure an adventure is not so much where you go or what you do, but instead, it is your attitude toward it. We could have said, “Oh well, here we are on another walk down the driveway.” Or we could say, “Look at all this cool (swell, groovy) stuff that we saw on our walk down the driveway. So often, attitude determines adventure.

Another part of what makes it an adventure is who goes with you. This walk would not have been nearly as much of an adventure if it had just been me. Yes, I would have probably still taken photos. But those photos would not have had the same memories attached to them if Laura had not been there, and if we had not been talking about what we were seeing. Laura definitely makes things a more fun adventure for me, and that is a good thing.

So if you like alliteration (and who doesn’t?) adventure is often determined by attitude and accompaniment (which I could not spell correctly, according to spell-check, by the way).

Also, adventures do not necessarily have to be lengthy. We usually aim for our walks to be two miles. But that last mushroom-looking cloud formation had a good bit of lightning and thunder with it, so we decided to stop after one mile. Safety first, even in an adventure!

Don’t just take it from us - go out and make your own adventures, whatever that might look like for you!

I heard the voice of the Lord say, “Whom will I send? Who will go on our behalf?” I answered, “Here I am, send me!” - Isaiah 6:8

About the Photos

As I mentioned, these were all taken with my iPhone. And as you might notice, I have it set to 16x9 mode, because I like the wide look of that aspect ratio. As they say, the best camera is the one you have with you. It is what you do with what you’ve got that counts.

Although these photos looked pretty good straight out of the camera-phone, I decided to still run them through Raw Therapee. I brightened them slightly, decreased the highlights just a bit, and increased the saturation slightly. That made some good photos look even better, in my opinion.

Photo: Each photo is a single Jpg exposure, processed in Raw Therapee.
Camera: iPhone 14 Pro
Date: May 15, 2023
Location: Williston, Tennessee


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Burnsland is Steve Burns, with generous help from his lovely wife Laura. Steve is a husband, father, photographer, webmaster, writer, podcaster, artist, Christian. Steve enjoys sharing his photography, art, and stories through Burnsland.com, from the Burnsland World Headquarters in Tennessee.