Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Illinois Sky

Although usually nothing can compare to the Southwestern sky, last night, we had one of the most spectacular sunsets I have seen in a long time. It was fading by the time I got to the house to get a camera, so I didn't try to get a picture. But local photograher Dan O'Brien has this incredible shot here. (But don't move to Illinois for the sunsets. Although we do often have nice sunsets, this one was way above average.)

9 comments:

rdl said...

Wow, that's a little scary - looks like southern Cal.

easy said...

Hi Amishlaw.
I've been banging and kicking on my site about the Amish and their relationship with our government. I generally think it's a problematic scenario, that's ripe for shenanigans on both sides, but I'm no legal scholar... alright I'm not any kind of a scholar, so I was hoping you might give me a shout and let me know how full of hooey I am.

Amishlaw said...

Well, easy, I think you and I are probably pretty much on the same page. It is a problematic scenario, ripe for shenanigans on both sides. I have long said, when I heard anyone (usually non-Amish) go into rapture about how the Amish live peacefully off the grid, without the need for government, "Well, I hope no native Americans find out about how the Amish don't need government. They might just decide to come back and "discover" their lands back.

Lydia said...

Wow! That's a sunset!

Also, per your comments, did you see the bit in Slate about ignoring laws - how the Amish have done well with it, but the fundamentalist Mormons not so much? Good stuff!

easy said...

The authur of the Slate article describes the relationship between the Amish and the government as "by nature messy, awkward, and informal". My concern is the growing fundness for exemptions for the Amish. As I mentioned before I'm not personally capable of evaluating the legal aspects of the exemptions, but I think there's a stunning lack of thoughtful dialogue around these decisions. So much so that I'm afraid the decisions are made, not on their merits, but because the Amish don't merit the gravitas of a real debate and sound decision.

gerry rosser said...

Caught me a few Illinois sunsets on my way home to Florida. I do miss the midwest.

dbh said...

it's a great pic, and thanks for sharing it! incredible texture in that sky

Dave said...

That's a sunset??? Wow! Never seen one like that before! Thanks for sharing!

PG said...

I saw this sunset. I was walking out of Walmart, wishing I had a camera. I didn't know there was a name for this phenomenon before.

I like the comments here about the Amish living somewhat outside the law, fudging the rules a bit. Sort of like my own attitude toward freedom of information and copyright.

Also, I do relate to the Amish, in that both sides of my family were Amish not that many generations back and 1) I don't believe in Health insurance and 2) I don't like to celebrate Christmas with festivities and shopping.

Now I'm going to check out your comments on Larry Craig and I'm sure I'll have something to say about that.