Behind me was what might have been a fabulous sunset—but it was hidden from my view by dense forest. In front of me, in this narrow river opening, was the glorious earth shadow which exists 180 degrees off the sunset. Deep blue or purple at the horizon, the “Belt of Venus” is the pink band above the blue.. And a quiet warm Yellowstone river to blend the two into magenta. All just steps outside our snowcat. The end to a perfect, if cold day. Wyoming, USA.

Panasonic Lumix FZ200 24x

CHALLENGE WINNER in Beautiful River Challenge, Absolute Clarity 5/18/14*

Feature in Serenity, Landscapes 8/10/14
featured in Worldwide Sunsets 3/23/14
featured in Colourists 3/1/14
Featured in All American Natural Landscapes 2/23/14
Featured in America the Beautiful 2/23/14
Featured in Mother Nature’s Finest 2/23/14
Featured in Our Planet’s Scenery 2/22/14
Featured in You’ve Got It, We Want It 2/19/14
Featured in The Great Outdoors 2/17/14

After being widowed, I needed to find something new to occupy my mind. I chose photography. That turned into an obsession, compounded by my love of the artistic license provided by Photoshop and the many other artful programs that help us explore all the facets of turning a photo into art.

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  • Loree McComb
    Loree McComb8 months ago


  • Thanks. Not sure one can take a BAD pic in Yellowstone. Luck brings some really good ones.

    – Linda Sparks

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixon8 months ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Fabulous capture,

  • Thanks so much

    – Linda Sparks

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB8 months ago

    February 17, 2014

    Beautiful work!

  • trueblvr
    trueblvr8 months ago


  • Thanks

    – Linda Sparks

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDavies8 months ago

    Stunning comp and color!

  • Thanks a bunch

    – Linda Sparks

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB8 months ago

    February 18, 2014

    Beautiful work!

  • Thanks Teresa. Features are an honor.

    – Linda Sparks

  • LarryB007
    LarryB0078 months ago

    What a captivating image Linda, love the colors .. well done !!!

  • Thanks so much

    – Linda Sparks

  • SarahJanesCards
    SarahJanesCards8 months ago

    gorgeous :)

  • Thanks, appreciate the support

    – Linda Sparks

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castro8 months ago

    great work

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...8 months ago


  • Thanks so very much for the feature

    – Linda Sparks

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