The lighting makes all the difference. This photo is taken from about the same place as yesterday's photo. The ship is different, and so is the sky! This sunset was unusually bright yellow, and I actually missed the brightest, yellowest part of it. By the time I got my camera and got outside to take this, it was already beginning to fade, but what timing . . . the ship calmly plied its way upriver at that point . . . just right for another romantic picture on the river.
I pulled this picture from the files of June 30, 2009. Baked Alaska had a photo on Facebook for awhile with this same ship in the sunset, caught just a minute or two earlier while the yellow was still screamingly, remarkably unreal. They're one long block downriver from me, and the ship passed their restaurant-on-the-dock just before it got to my place. We've had a number of evenings this year where the water was just about this same indescribable color, but the elements on June 30 added up to a scene to remember.