Massive, gray billowing autumn clouds seem to hug the horizon this time of year. They roll and soar across the sky in many directions. In some instances, they appear to frame and highlight the beautiful bright colors of the leaves on the trees that look as if they were cleverly placed in front of them. As the evening sun sets behind the bulging, dark masses above, the sky and clouds can take on a range of golden orange and red hues. Much like the ever-changing colors of blazing logs in a campfire. Such was the case recently as I was riding my bike through Lakewood Park along the Detroit River in the city’s Creekside community.
As I approached the river, I could see the colors in the sky were quickly changing as the sun was setting. Early on it was a gradual, subtle change from yellow to orange. Then the most incredible thing happened. Suddenly the sky turned to a bright, vibrant orange color and streaks of gold and yellow vapor trails appeared and crisscrossed the illuminated sky. Mixed into the array of reddish gold colors were purples and blues, creating a visual feast for the eyes. Not only was the western sky glowing in the bright, late evening fall sunlight, the Detroit river also came alive with the colorful reflections from overhead.
Unfortunately, the sky darkens rather quickly this time of year, wiping away the beautiful colors of the sunset in an awfully short time. It was magical watching the vivid colors darken and fade away over the 20 minutes or so I spent in the waterfront park.