Waiting for the Sun to Set

My friend Anne and I headed to the American River to catch a sunset. The forecast predicted a storm approaching, and we changed our usual Tuesday shoot for Monday afternoon. Hoping for  some good clouds, and a brilliant sunset we found our way to Negro Bar off of Lake Natoma.

Calmly grooming duck
Calmly grooming duck
Quick drink from the lake
Quick drink from the lake
Why are you looking at me?
Why are you looking at me?

At this popular spot I saw kayaks, paddle boats, motor boats, and canoes launched. People were out for some exercise, dreaming of catching the “big” one, and getting closer to nature.

Complementary Kayaks
Complementary Kayaks
Out for some exercise on his paddle boat
Out for some exercise on his paddle boat
Kayaker on Lake Natoma in the late afternoon.
Kayaker on Lake Natoma in the late afternoon.

What surprised me is that I didn’t see many using life vests. The American River looks calm, but the river bottom is uneven. Debris and cold water temperatures play a part in many drownings that make the news here in Sacramento. It saddens me when I read about these events. Strong swimmers lulled into a false sense of ability against mother nature should take notice.

The Lake was calm, and the reflections grabbed my attention.

Colors of Autumn Reflected
Colors of Autumn Reflected

Sacramento is experiencing some beautiful fall colors. I like to capture them before the heavy rains start (hopefully).

Autumn Colors
Autumn Colors
Two Bridges: Lake Natoma Crossing and Rainbow Bridge
Two Bridges: Lake Natoma Crossing and Rainbow Bridge

Great to be out just before sunset. Photographers know this as the “Golden Hour”. This photo makes the point!

Lake Natoma Crossing in Autumn Afternoon
Lake Natoma Crossing in Autumn Afternoon
Golden Hour Reflected
Golden Hour Reflected

This evening the desired magnificent sunset did not materialized, but I love the colors on this image. Hope you agree.