Driving on Long Island’s south shore at the end of yet another flash flood, I turned north toward the Merrick Library on Merrick Avenue and faced a fierce sunset.
I wanted to capture the fleeting sky show reflected on water, but the nearest body of water, a pond, was about a half mile away. So I turned west onto a soggy side street across from the library, saw a golden-orange reflection in a puddle, and pulled to the curb.
But a telephone pole and its wires were too prominent, so I slowly drove on, and as I passed a parked car discovered a lake of a puddle – the biggest one I ever saw this far inland from Merrick’s jagged shoreline.
After parking, I slowly walked around and around the puddle, all the while lifting and lowering and leveling my iPhone to capture the blaze.
Later, back at home, I saw a flood of pictures on local news and social media of a full double rainbow that appeared before the sunset and before I paid attention to the sky that late afternoon.
But if I’d caught the rainbow, I’d have missed that fiery puddle sunset.
Sunset Puddle: MY GALLERY
Site: Merrick Library