Painted prairie sky

Published: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 11:09 a.m.

One of the many perks of living in the small, quaint town of McIntosh, aside from avoiding Gainesville during 5 o'clock traffic, is the drive home through Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park on U.S. 441.

Headed home, I left The Gainesville Sun after my day of photo assignments. As I neared the prairie, the view changed to open sky. I always anticipate seeing sunsets over the prairie, and on this February evening it was exceptionally magical.

I couldn't believe my eyes, and neither could the many passers-by parked roadside taking in a sky painted masterfully by Mother Nature.

I pulled my car over, grabbed my camera and captured the most beautiful sunset I've ever seen.

Doug Finger is a photojournalist at The Gainesville Sun.

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