Sequence of a Sunset

We went out into the desert for a very special picnic, a farewell to the sun and a farewell to Arizona. (Yes, I know the sun leaves every day and returns, and the farewell to Arizona may be permanent — but in Western Massachusetts it often feels like the farewell to the sun is semi-permanent!)

Our destination: Saguaro National Park, West, a little before the sunset, when the sky is still light over the Tucson Mountains:

One of our party toasted the upcoming event with killer margaritas (in plastic cups):

We did some nibbling and enjoyed the surroundings (many more nibbles than this, but I liked this photo best, radishes and fig/goat cheese, Costco’s finest, and delicious:

And then, swiftly once it started, the sun began to descend behind the mountains:

Dropping quickly:

The afterglow is still strong:

Night tiptoes in:

The rest is darkness, and silence. Words fail.

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13 Responses to Sequence of a Sunset

  1. David Elpern says:

    As after sunset fadeth in the west
    Death’s second self which seals up all in rest… or summat like that…


    • Touch2Touch says:

      “In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
      As after sunset fadeth in the west;
      Which by and by black night doth take away,
      Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest. ”
      Shakespeare, Sonnet LXXIII

      I think this is your go-to sonnet because you have mined it tellingly before — but as I think I have said before, you are too young to own it so!
      But certainly fitting here —


  2. Stef says:

    Words may fail, but feelings and memories linger. Lovely.


  3. Claudia says:

    Your sunny Berkshire fricnds will be welcoming you home!!


  4. Touch2Touch says:

    Claudia and Stef,
    Thanks for the smiling thoughts —


  5. Oh, this is fantastic. I would have loved to been there. Cheers!


    • Touch2Touch says:

      It turned out that this was the very highest highlight of our whole month in Arizona.
      Surrounded by desert and nothing else (in the state park) and the incredible presence of the sun and the mountains.
      (And great margaritas, even if they were in plastic cups.)


  6. Jen Payne says:

    “…but in Western Massachusetts it often feels like the farewell to the sun is semi-permanent” – this week is pure example of THAT. Happy I stumbled on your sharing of the sun.


  7. Rebekah says:

    Stunning colours of the skies.. wonderful memories, I’m sure.


  8. Catherine says:

    It’s fun to know my parents were there solely because I recognize the cutting board…


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