Natural Wonders

It’s amazing what Mother Nature can throw at us.

Yesterday, a brief thunderstorm passed through the New York area, leaving us with this:

A double rainbow.

Yesterday was also the second of two Manhattanhenge events in the city. For those who don’t know, Manhattanhenge, coined by Neil deGrasse Tyson, happens when the setting sun aligns itself with the Manhattan street grid. From east to west, all across the island, the sunset is visible, and the tall buildings create a canyon-like effect that frames the sunset perfectly.

Tyson’s favorite spot to photograph Manhattanhenge is at 34th and Park, and that’s precisely where I was yesterday.

Just before sunset.

A closer look.

There was nothing more amazing than this sunset yesterday.

But one thing came close: the sheer amount of people watching it and photographing it. As one onlooker stated, you had people from all walks of life and from all over the city uniting for this one moment.

All different sorts of people — professional and amateur photographers, adults and children, athletes and businesspeople — coming together to admire the same thing. Nature can work wonders on us, and it certainly did last night.

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