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Nature’s Fireworks at Magnolia Park

The summer sunsets have been spectacular recently.  We’ve been getting lots of rain, and it often passes just before sunset.  The remaining clouds and the water in the air make for beautiful color.  For several nights in a row, I saw the beautiful colors and wished that I’d gone out with my camera.  Finally I made the trip to Magnolia Park over the July 4th weekend.  Nature provided some beautiful fireworks that evening!

When I first arrived, the sun had not yet dipped over the horizon.  The rays gleamed as they stretched across the sky.

Sunset at Magnolia Park
Sunset at Magnolia Park

It was nice chatting with another photographer as we watched the sun set.  “This is God’s gift to us,” he said.  I couldn’t have said it better.

The Start of Nature's Fireworks
The Start of Nature’s Fireworks

As the sun dipped below the horizon, it started to throw beautiful light into the clouds, lighting them up like fireworks.  How appropriate for the July 4th weekend!

Nature's Fireworks
Nature’s Fireworks

Whiskey likes this kind of firework.  It’s bright but not scary, and there are no noises to worry him.

I put on my telephoto lens and did a few shots of the horizon as the sun set.  Look at that bright orange!

Sunset over Lake Apopka
Sunset over Lake Apopka

But the better image was definitely the wide-angle shot.  The sky was completely lit with color.

Nature's Fireworks
Nature’s Fireworks

The best colors are always after the sun sets.   The clouds glowed bright pink after a while.  I did use HDR on these images, but the colors really were this vivid.

Nature's Fireworks
Nature’s Fireworks

All fireworks shows have to come to an end.  As the colors began to fade, the insects began to bite and I headed back to my car.  Blue Hour was upon us!

Blue Hour
Blue Hour

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