As the sun crosses the winter sky on its low trajectory, the strong rays are filtered by an extra layer of atmosphere and casts an amber light that's simply breathtaking -- an orange sunset that lasts all day and paints the landscape in bright colors and deep shadow. During an afternoon walk at Foothill Park I enjoyed such a scene as a gold-tinted illumination penetrated trees and streaked across meadows, and a little later on my walk, as it washed over the shoreline of Bronda Lake nestled in the park valley.
It’s magical how the intense light can bring the honey-yellow-red colors to life. I'm sure there's a scientific explanation involving energized photons and wavelengths, but I was quite content just to enjoy a quiet afternoon in the park enjoying a scene painted by Mother Nature. It was a symphony of orange...so to speak.