As an outdoor photographer I am usually subject to the whims and fancy of nature itself and the weather thrown at me to deal with. Some days I struggle through poor weather conditions and do my best to make the subject of my work look the best it possibly can that particular day under prevailing conditions. Other days, I am blessed with better fortune where nature plays nice and provides an awesome canvas for me to work with. On the day these images were taken the weather certainly started out less than ideal, but my experience kicked in and I just knew if I was patient there was a building of conditions that could turn into something truly magical. As the evening progressed, I was certainly rewarded by being in the right place at the right time prepared to capture the magic to unfold. The sky you see here truly was as astounding as it appears and was not manipulated in Photoshop to look as it does. The colors, shapes and depth of beauty were simply unforgettable. As I scrambled to collect as much of this beautiful light as I could in my little 'black box' I somehow knew it may be quite a while before I was graced with such beauty again and just took a moment to soak it all in. I thought how truly 'lucky' I was at that moment. Then the words of one of my photography mentors came to mind who taught me, "the harder I work, the luckier I get." Maybe this was just hard work coming to fruition or maybe it was just plain luck. In either event I was grateful for this moment in time being able to pursue my passion and share in nature's beauty.