Spokane sunsets light the sky on fire

Maremma sheepdog at Saltese Uplands sunset

Sigh … the one chance this week I had to get not-Bella dogs in front of Spokane sunsets and I screwed it up.

Sort of. I mean, there’s a sun setting in these images. They just aren’t the results I had in mind, especially because I’m really getting to a place where I’m happy with the off-camera flash I’m doing.

Like this image of Dexter, the puggle, I was able to make a couple of weeks ago.

A lovely couple of dads contacted me in an emergency to get last-minute images of their sweet boy.

Dexter got himself up on the rock and positioned himself ever so sweetly for me. I got my softbox in place and clicked away.

puggle on rock at spokane river

It’s one of my most favorite non-Bella images to date and it brings a tear to my eye every time I look at it. Dexter passed away later that night. His life ended the same way he lived: surrounded by love.

Skies ablaze with Spokane sunsets

When I first arrived in this area, I was entranced by the setting sun.

I’m not going to tell you Spokane sunsets are the best I’ve seen — I’ll give that award to the Oregon coast — but, through the summer, we, night after night, see a series of setting suns that amaze and delight.

I’ve been chasing that light for years. Here’s a prairie sunset from a few years ago out around Davenport:

sunset over Rocklyn, Washington near Davenport

Rocklyn Road

That’s what I had in mind when I knew this week’s blog circle was about sunrises or sunsets. This topic was made for Spokane!

Alack and alas, storm clouds rolled in for a session I had planned with a sweet golden retriever last week.

And there was no going out after dark with Bella on Fourth of July weekend. One blast of fireworks nearby and she’d be gone.

Instead, I set up an evening with a friend who leads a local nonprofit dedicated to educating people and businesses about service dogs. It’s a terrific story and it’s coming up soon. You just wait!

She has four incredible dogs — three shepherds and one chocolate Lab — and each one of them is a doll.

Trouble is, Laura and I sat down to talk about the organization and —  blam! —  we damn near missed sundown. It was already cresting the hills in the distance of Bigelow Gulch but we made do.

I worked with the natural light for a bit.

Here’s Lobo, Laura’s 11-year-old who’s retired from service:

older German shepherd in Spokane sunsets

Lobo the elder

Then I whipped out my Godox AD200 to add a little light on super serious Vinny:

black German shepherd in Spokane sunset


There isn’t much of a view on the sun but you get the idea of how orange and afire our summer nights are with Spokane sunsets. And that’s why I dug out that image of Bella above from February at Saltese Uplands … sky on fire.

All around the circle

Sunrise hikes around Spokane are also an opportune time for dog portraits! I got this one last summer of Bella at the Rocks of Sharon:

sunrise at rocks of Sharon

Sunrise at the Rocks of Sharon

Now let’s go see the sunrises and sunsets around the world.

Start with Elaine Tweedy of I Got the Shot Photography, sharing sunsets with pets and their people in Northeast PA and surrounding areas.

Click the link at the bottom of Kylee’s post to get to the next post and so on. When you get back here to blooms at Manito Park, you know you’re home.

Right where you belong.

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