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Sunset over the Pacific from Duffin Cove, Oct. 5, 2010

The glorious sunset was a daily marvel when I was growing up in Sunset, Utah.

Our home lay directly east of the Great Salt Lake, a mile or so away, and every evening, the setting sun would paint the sky a stunning array of reds, oranges, pinks and purples, the hues reflecting off salty water and wispy clouds. I can’t attest how much of this is selective childhood memory or meteorological fact, but I don’t think we ever had a cloudless sky or an overcast evening. It seemed that the Salt Desert to the west of the lake kept us from more than light rain, and that was during the day, but the lake itself gave off enough moisture to provide delicate brush strokes of clouds to spread the sun’s last rays across the sky. (more…)

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As you drive the main drag of Tofino, a coastal resort town on Vancouver Island, competing signs beckon you to go whale-watching.

The competition among tour operators is genuine on the street and in the fliers hawking tourist attractions and activities. Each business wants to attract the most tourists to its boats.

But out on the waters, the captains turn from competitors to collaborators. They share their whale sightings by radio, and the competing boats race to the area and follow the same whale(s) for a while, their boats bobbing on the water and their passengers pointing and exclaiming each time a great beast surfaces. (more…)

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