Sunset | East Wenatchee, WA | 2013

Above our west-facing window hangs a row of hats that catches the day’s shifting light. Towards sunset, I adjust the blinds to reflect upwards and watch as this straw hat mimics the setting sun. The intensity of the solar beam — playing across the brim and crown — never wavers, even as its fiery splendor contracts, narrows, and … blip … blinks out. The image lingers on my retinas for a second or two. I wasn’t ready to let it go.