Autumn Sunset

Yesterday I spent a brief chilly evening at Centennial Park in Orland Park, IL. What a beautiful sight.

How amazing. Isn’t our Creator a Master Craftsman (he, he, he)? Who can reproduce this moment? Who can turn the shades of the sky from yellow to salmon, rose to periwinkle, and violet to indigo, in a quick few minutes? An explosion? HA! Ooopps…I’m gunna get some people mad!

Anyway, what a beautiful sight it was! Can you see the silhouette of some fishing people on the pier? It was FREEZING! They’re brave. My hoodie wasn’t doing a very good job in the brisk wind on a 54°F evening, so I didn’t stay long.

Here is another view:

This will definitely be a painting one day! Look at all of those delicious colors! So peaceful, I hope I can translate that into my painting.

My mom found another brave soul out on this nippy night:

Why it’s a woolly bear caterpillar!!! She named him, “Orland”, because of our location…very fitting and cute. This little guy will survive our killer winter because he produces a cryoprotectant in his tissue, sort of like anti-freeze. Amazing again! Once an adult, this little guy or girl will turn into a Isabella Tiger Moth.


  1. Thank you, oh thank you for answering the decades-old mystery I’ve pondered for most of my life; what the HECK those caterpillars turn into! I SO owe you a margarita!
    Love the photos. I always loved the effects of light on water, myself. So intriguing.

  2. Hi Chris,
    These are great photos of a beautiful sunset! It looks very calm out on the lake.
    I had one of those woolly bear caterpillars in my garden recently, but I didn’t know what to call it, except caterpillar.

  3. What awesome silhouette sunset photos!!! The Master does know how to make Creation glorious. 😀

    Was your caterpiller extra fuzzy? I can tell what a hard winter we’ll have by the thickness of the fuzz. 😀

    Hugs, JJ

  4. Lana: Yummy! I like my margaritas: strawberry, crushed ice and salt on the rim! HA HA!! You’re so funny! Glad I can help. Thanks 😀

    Drowsey: Thanks! Maybe this weekend I’ll paint it? I better not say that…every time I say I’m going to do something I run out of time! Thank you!

    Shelley: The sun was so amazing. How fast it set, you can actually see it move! Thanks!

    April: To be honest I didn’t know what he was until I got home and did some research! He is sooooo cute though. 🙂 Thank you!

    Ilona: Hi! Thanks! I happened to be in the right place at just the right time! My little camera is still doing a good job 🙂

    JJ: He was a little guy not too fuzzy…does that mean we might have a mild winter? I hope! I like snow but no deep freeze!Thanks!

    Crazycath: Very True! I believe you are on the other side of the pond from me but we are on the same page! 🙂 Creation rocks!

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