Garden of the Gods, which features some of the most unique and spectacular rock formations in the Midwest, is arguably the best scenic vista in southern Illinois to watch a sunset. Most of the site’s eponymously named hoodoos face westward, which causes them to glow with warm light as the sun sinks behind the rolling Shawnee foothills.
I drove to Garden of the Gods one evening in August when it had been storming all day hoping that the clouds would break at sunset. My wish was granted; as the sun disappeared the sky began to glow with color and mist formed over the hills.
“Garden of the Gods”
The light was changing incredibly fast so I scrambled to fire off as many shots as possible. The light and mist reached their peak about five minutes after the previous shot was taken.
Just a few seconds after this shot the fog was so dense I couldn’t see the camel! It was quite an experience and I was the only person there all evening. Inclement weather often presents us with conditions ripe for wild, dramatic photos, which is why I love seeing “scattered storms” in the forecast.