It was late afternoon in an early November day back in Y2K and I had been patiently waiting for the last people to leave Delicate Arch. The sun had plunged behind dense clouds to the west and a storm had been thundering across the eastern boundary of Arches NP for quite a while, getting closer and closer to where I stood. As the light levels went down, even the most stubborn visitor began the descent in order to avoid the likely rainfall. I stayed on, eyes fixed on the tiniest slice of clear sky on the western horizon where I hoped the setting sun would reappear. It was a slim chance, but for this once luck was with me: Delicate Arch was flooded with an incredibly red light for a handful of seconds, then the sun was gone for good. Darkness and rain kept me company for most of the way back to the parking lot. Along with my other image "Turret Arch", this has always been very difficult to print right; I return to it again and again to test my retouching skills and truth to tell, I post-processed it from scratch before posting it here.

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