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I asked a certain physicist to help me understand what happened in the sky near sunset in Copley Square. We discussed the interplay of light and shadow. How the sun below the horizon was illuminating the clouds from below. How the sharp line in the sky might result from shadows cast by something on the horizon. Then of course there were the clouds at different altitudes. Shorter wavelength blue light scattered out. Longer wavelength red light left behind. In the end all we could agree upon was that it was beautiful.

The sun set today in Boston at 4:27 pm.

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I had my head down lost in a book when I remembered to look up at the sky.

And as the sun set further down and I zoomed in with my camera the sky became like a dream of a landscape or a beach with water rolling onto shore.

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Of course I know better than to peer directly into the sun, and so at first I photographed the golden orb through the sheer curtain at a certain window. But then I threw caution to the wind. I knew I could not capture completely what I saw and what I felt but it felt good to pause and spend time with my camera pointed at the sky.

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These clouds I saw at the end of a long day.  I sat at the kitchen table wondering what my next step would be, and as I did so, I happened to glance over my shoulder and saw that sky.  At first, I planned to just sit and watch and not worry about trying to capture anything. But after a while, I felt that compulsion to jump up and find my camera.

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revealed a sky full of clouds lit by the setting sun. 

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