cosmic alignments

Okay, stop groaning. This is Photoshopped. But I didn’t have my camera last evening when I went out to the bench in the north field to watch the sunset. The sunset action was at the northwest horizon, but this was happening to the southwest over Mount Hood. I burned every detail in my memory long enough to get back to civilization. This is as faithful a rendition as I can recall.

The alignment of the crescent moon, a small horizontal lenticular cloud and the peak of the mountain was probably auspicious, but just how so was not readily apparent to me. The magic was in the orange glow cast by the setting sun that slightly illuminated the underside of the cloud and the snow on the west flank of Mount Hood.

Maybe it was only that it seemed similar to this remarkable photograph of the sun and moon in alignment over the north pole:

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