Colorado snow and sunset on a hill with a wooden house and pine tree


The sunsets in Colorado are so much more colourful, so much more intense than the ones I am used to. Perhaps it is due to differences in climate, or perhaps it is due to the elevation of the place; Colorado being on average 6800 feet above sea level. Maybe that little extra proximity to the sun makes all the sky light up in pink and blue.


Well, for those science-y ones out there, you might already know that sunsets are caused by the filtering of light through atmospheric particles, and that the sun's proximity to the horizon means that only longer waves of light, such as red waves, will filter through all those layers of particles. Or some such jazz. But I think it sounds more poetic to say that Colorado is a little closer to the sun. 

Sometimes I wish I was like the Little Prince on his small planet, and could sit and view the sunset, before moving a few steps and then watching it over again. 

However, I have this sneaking suspicion that the beauty of the sunset lies in its ephemerality. Like a rainbow, we only see it every so often. And when we do, we stop in our tracks, on the way back to the car with our shopping or as we are making dinner and staring idly out the window. It is something we appreciate, because it is so fleeting. 

Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!
— C. Joybell C.
Colorado sunset in red and orange and pink, in a snowy winter village