Sunset Over Flat Mountain Arm, Yellowstone National Park

photo of the week for Sunday, 2008, September 21
Photographer: Kurt Repanshek

There are times when it's hard not to take a decent photograph. I encountered one of those moments in early September in the backcountry of Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park. From a beach in a cove on the lake's Flat Mountain Arm, I watched as the sunset moved almost in slow motion over the glassy waters. Over a period of 10-15 minutes I watched as the sunset lazily ebbed, its rays lighting up the low-hanging clouds with a slowly changing range of hues. And then it was gone.

Gear: Nikon D80, 35-80mm F 5.6, 1/125 sec

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Thanks for sharing a lovely shot. This was one of those moments that made all that paddling on the lake worthwhile :-)

WOW!!! What a great photo. Its like De Ja Vu all over again.....

Great sunsets must be easy to come by at Yellowstone Lake. I took this shot on Yellowstone Lake also in early September on the way back from Glacier, though this photo doesn't quite have the paddle-equity yours does: