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I'm a bit tenacious. I'm still fussing with the Sawtooth Mountains in the distance. How do you show the receding land masses? While I thought about that and limited myself to my pen, I also took note of the changing colors and light as the sunset in front of me morphed the entire bowl of sky into a series of new views, each too quickly gone for me to capture: a change of light here, a deepening of color there, a reflection on the clouds which brought out and then hid texture, and on this calm night, the placid surface of Lake Superior stretching out into a faux distance, unknowable because I have never lived near such atmospheric chameleon and have no experience or vocabulary for reading it.

Diane and I sat on the rocks outside her parents' cabin both furiously scribbling. (Her notes were diagramatic.) Her father stood by watching the sky, occasionally adding to his video coverage of the changing light and weather.

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