“The Last Goodbye”

On a recent visit to Shenandoah National Park, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I had really wanted the ability to get a sunset before leaving the area. The weather hadn’t been cooperating for most of the time I was there. I had one day of lovely weather, but was busy and couldn’t be in the mountains. After that it rained cats and dogs for a few days, and In addition to that, the mountains were socked in with a thick heavy fog.
On my last day there, I decided to head up into the mountains one more time, even though it was raining in Winchester and Front Royal, plus the mountains were still having quite a bit of fog.
I drove quite a ways in and amazingly started to see some clearing happening. I even got to see a rainbow, which made me pretty happy, which I’ll explain in a minute.
During the time of sunset, I captured many images, but this one has to be the most colorful of the group! Not the best, but the most brilliant.
I call it “The Last Goodbye” for two reasons. One is that it was my last day there, and had to head out of town early the next morning.
The other reason was a much more import one. My whole reason for being in the area to begin with.
My father had passed away, just a few days before this was taken. He suffered a series of massive heart attacks. While I was in the area I got some time to myself and spent it in the Blue Ridge.
On my last night there I went up into the mountains to what was his favorite spot, so that I could say a quiet goodbye, and hopefully catch a sunset. What I got was more than I had hoped for.
I was blessed with clearing skies, a rainbow, and a vibrant sunset.
That was my very Last Goodbye to a wonderful man who during his lifetime had taught me the love and respect of nature, and the the pure joy of photographing that beauty!!

Blue Ridge Sunset
Blue Ridge Sunset

20 thoughts on ““The Last Goodbye””

  1. Rachel…A beautiful capture and very heart touching story ♥ Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I know you’ve made your dad proud and remember: you’ll carry him in your heart forever. xoxo

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  2. Beautiful capture of the sunset, Rachel. A soft and gentle backdrop to the memory of your father. I appreciate your post all the more, having also lost my father recently. A fitting communion with nature for your goodbyes.

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  3. So sorry to hear about your sad loss, Rachel. There’s something special about visiting a place that meant a lot to the person you have lost – a feeling of closeness. This is really very beautiful Sunrise. You were blessed.

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  4. Oh Rachel, we are so terribly sorry for your loss my dear friend. It’s moments like these that bring us all together again, and this is reflected by your lovely picture. Those are some of the most incredible colors I’ve seen in a sunset. Please know that you’re in our hearts and prayers, if there’s anything we can do for you just mention it.

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  5. I am stricken by the title of your photograph and the image itself. First, let me say I am sorry for your loss. Next, I am amazed at what you captured here. You capture more than an image. You capture a memory, a moment, a rememberance, and a lovely sunset. Thank you for your heart felt words and picture.

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