I used to tell my family, when my kids were younger and cared about what we would find in each treasure box, that every geocaching outing would allow for some lucky thing to happen: a serendipity.

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines serendipity as:  the phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for: also: an instance of this

When we are mucking about in the woods, meandering on a paved bike path, or climbing the side of a rocky hill, looking for those elusive containers, I would wait in anticipation of the serendipity that will happen to us this time.

Last week  a few friends joined me for geocaching on a drizzly grey afternoon on the paved path at Sabino Canyon National Park in Tucson, Arizona. The sun was just setting when we felt the first few sprinkles on our face. Suddenly someone exclaimed, “Look!”

Startled, we all turned at once, expecting to be charged by an angry javelina.

Instead we found a huge column of rain descending from a dark cloud on the horizon, backlit by the purple and pink sunset happening at that moment behind it. Breathtaking.

Our serendipity!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 8: Colorful, August 30, 2018

Traveling at Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge: Shades of Gray, August 30, 2018

The clouds around the backlit clouds are varying shades of gray