The west and east bays of Grand Traverse are separated by a long narrow peninsula known as Old Mission. Located north of Traverse City, the peninsula is home to much of the region's wine vineyards along a rolling landscape that provides stunning views of the bays.
Midway up the peninsula, a popular turnout on the road provides an elevated view of the vineyard and Power Island in the waters of the west bay. A stop here at the right time can reward you with a soothing moment of a setting sun.
An hour passed between the captures of these two images. Heavy clouds dominated the sky most of the evening, and it was only at the last minute that a glimpse of a red-orange sphere appeared before sinking below the horizon. Not every sunset is epic, but the wonder of it is.