Rock Pile Sunset
It’s a prairie like many others in Sheridan County. But this one happens to be on public land. I spent the afternoon wandering thousands of acres looking for the best spot to watch the sunset. No trails and few fences gave me the freedom to roam wherever looked interesting. The sunny hillsides contained sagebrush and pronghorn. The shady draws hid deer grazing under the trees. On the ridge tops the purple mountain majesty of the Bighorns was visible to the west. Snow blankets the high elevations for the next 7 months. Finally this pile of rocks caught my eye and I arrived just before the sun slipped behind the mountains. Each layer of clouds took on a different color before fading away. Within minutes the air temperature dropped from the 60’s to the 30’s. This time of year it's harder to get out in time for the early sunsets. But when I do, it's usually worth it.