Grass River Boardwalk Sunset

On a cold, windy, moody day at the end of October, conditions looked ripe for an interesting sunset. I had been to most of my usual favorite places lately, and so my husband happily suggested we hike around the Grass River Natural Area. The sunset turned out to be both long-lasting and spectacular. Parts of the sky were bruised and red, while others were luminous and golden. I ran – literally at times – from vantage point to vantage point, seeking the best light. I love how the boardwalk in this image leads to the fall-colored hills in the distance, and how the vivid sunset reflects in the Grass River. I hadn’t grabbed the tripod for this outing, so I opened the aperture to f/2.8, upped the ISO to 200, and shot with a 1/40-second shutter speed.