Iowa Sunset

Our backyard is a steep hill that is part of the unique Loess Hills. It caps into a clearing where we can see glimmers of the sun set. Never in my years of appreciating sunsets have I seen such a distinct water-color of pink, purple and blue contrasted with the black shadow of the trees. It reminded me of my grade school art classes in which we created pictures by scratching off black crayon over watercolor or marker and then it reminded of my grade school art teacher Joan, a renowned oil painter and dedicated to her talent. Maximizing your talent is sharing it with budding minds when they are most influenced in hope that even if they don’t have all of the talent to live as an artist, they will appreciate the world differently, maybe via a sunset many years later.

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