By Garry Armstrong. The street is named Mountainview. Pretty good choice, I'd say.

The street is named Mountainview. Pretty good choice, I’d say.

The pictures in this post are by both Garry and me. Check the signature if you want to know who shot what.

Heading downtown.

Heading downtown.

We were shooting from more or less the same location, and it’s interesting to see what a big difference in perspective there was even though we were just a few yards apart.

The mountains really were red, reflecting the sunset. Apparently this is not a rare phenomenon. None of the local residents were overwhelmed by the sight, but I said “Oh wow” more in those few minutes than I have in the past 10 years.

I did not know that a mountain could turn red in the reflected rays of a sunset. I thought it was just something people said when they were being poetic. Now I know better.


The sunset effect only lasted — from first streaks of pink to almost dark — perhaps 10 minutes. And this light show is visible many nights. I will never again ask why people move out west.


  1. Sun and water are always beautiful but mountains and sun can be stunning too in the west. In Utah, Arizona and New Mexico I saw quite a few amazing sunsets too. But your eye is better than mine and you and Garry have really captured the beauty. Thanks for the gift.

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  2. Wonderful skies. I share your awe about the changing colours of the mountain. I think it must be a similar effect to the one we saw many years ago at Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Northern Territory. I had always thought that the tourist brochures exaggerated it until I saw it myself.

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  3. I wish there was an opportunity to take you to half a dozen places I frequented in Oregon. I know my friends from South Carolina that visited me last year were rather overwhelmed by the tour I gave them. The canyons of the Southwest are spectacular examples of nature as well. I loved Monument Valley the most and hope you make it there on your trip.


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