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A spectacular sunset turns the sky into a beautiful hue Tuesday, April 28, 2015 over a small lake south of Cambria.

Driving home from my final assignment on Tuesday I noticed the spectacular sunset reflecting off one of the small lakes south of Cambria.

As I drove by the body of water, I debated whether or not to stop to take a picture. I was in a hurry to get home and fix dinner, and it had been a long day. Plus, there wasn’t a good place to stop the car and there was traffic. So, a photo for which I have received a lot of positive feedback almost didn’t happen.

I am glad I stopped to take the photo and enjoy the beautiful sunset. When I was younger, I took many sunset photos. As a college student I took one that one of my college classmates liked so much that he had me make it into a poster for his dorm room wall.

Somewhere along the way I quit taking sunset photos. I don’t know why. I guess I was too busy concentrating on other subjects.

I didn’t think about it much until I was photographing Peace Corps Volunteer Shazia Davis who lived and worked in a rural community on the Caribbean coast of Panama. Shazia made a point to the beach that was just a short walk from her house every evening to take a picture of the sunset. She was surprised that I wasn’t too interested in taking sunset photos, and told me that when I saw the sunset there that it would change my point of view. She was right.

While I was staying with her, we went every evening and to the shore and took sunset photos, and every evening the sunset was glorious, and always different in subtle ways. So, I have Davis to thank for encouraging me to notice, appreciate, and photograph sunsets again.

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Photographer

Richard Sitler is a photographer for The Southern Illinoisan.

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