America The Beautiful

Just Seconds


"What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time"  John Berger

My wife and I just came back from visiting relatives in Wisconsin and while there was autumn colors they were not as strong as usual since the area had had a lot of rain prior to our arrival. All that being said, it was beautiful if one found the right spots. Top that with visiting her cousins and it was a very enjoyable trip.

The blog image is a "pure luck" . To make a long story short, I was getting a hair cut by one of her cousins on his back porch area which opened to a beautiful lake scene. I was taking various trips to the bathroom to see the progress of the haircut and on my last trip my wife yelled at me to get back to the porch as a beautiful sunset was taking place. On the way I was thinking that it couldn't be possible since I just seconds before I had been sitting where I could see the sky and nothing was happening.....not even a hint of a sunset.

When I got to the living room I could see this orange glow filling the porch area. It was incredible. I only had my iPhone at the time and got working as I was concerned that this sunset wasn't going to last long. Within 3 minutes is was gone, leaving no evidence that it had ever occurred.

It was our last night there and it couldn't have been a better ending to our trip.

Thanks for visiting my blog site and enjoy the rest of Autumn as the cold snap is just around the corner

Places to see more of Daniel's work:

Pearson Lakes Art Center - 

Arts On Grand -


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Daniel Ruf

I am a retired livestock and grain farmer with 3 adult children starting a new career in photography and writing.

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