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  • Forest Park has been good to me this year, but this I nearly missed. I caught the first glimpses of gold and the fan of cloud as I was engaged in conversation with my friend Paul on the Metro train.

    I was heading away from the park, towards University City where I had parked the car, preferring to put the bicycle aside on what turned out to be a cold and gray morning.

    The sky was reddening when I got off the train. I knew it would not last long, only a few minutes perhaps, and I had to get somewhere I could get a good view. So I backtracked with the car back along the route the train had taken and drove into the park and headed towards the lake beneath Art Hill.

    As I got out of the car and ran to the water's edge, this was the sight I saw.

    It might have remained a view for my - and the few people in the park - eyes only, for my lens, six years old and much used, began to feed error messages into my camera and cause me to miss two shots out of three.

    But it didn't fail completely, and rewarded me with these photographs.

    Ten minutes and light was gone.

    Such beauty for that short time though!
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