A winter sunset over Caesar Creek State Park (Waynesville, Warren County, OH) where the magical qualities of twilight transitioned to the night sky forming this peaceful waterscape. I titled this image “Caesar Creek Crescendo” highlighting the many aspects which contributed to this scene of solitude. This image captures the moment where the sun continues below the horizon rendering the lake surface with darker tones, while the cirrus and altostratus clouds catch colorful light from their still lit altitudes. For me, it’s as if an orchestra director asked each natural process to peak at this moment producing colors and contrast…the crescendo, before quickly yielding to the oncoming darkness. Yes, I created the stacked cairn for the scene, but as to not spoil the view for others, I returned the shoreline rocks to their original state before hiking into the night.