Fredericksburg, TX: an old German town in the Hill Country

About an hour outside of San Antonio is the old German town of Fredericksburg, a pet-friendly town with shopping, wineries, wildflowers, and much more. Fredericksburg is well known for the peaches grown there. This weekend we took a drive out there, something we should have done before now. First, the drive is another relaxing, scenic drive. Wildflowers bloom along the roadside and the median of I10. If we could have stopped in the middle of the highway to take pictures, we definitely would have. But alas, that is not safe to do.

Once we arrived in Fredericksburg we headed straight to Wildseed Farms. I was looking forward to seeing more flowers. For some reason I have been all about taking pictures of flowers lately. Wildseed Farms is much more than just a farm full of wildflowers, but to find out more about this place, you will have to read the future blog post about Wildseed Farms. For now, enjoy the teasers below.

In front of a field of poppies, Indian Paintbrushes, and more.
Poppies are in full bloom at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, TX.

After spending some time enjoying the flowers, we headed to eat. Chuck wanted to try out West End Pizza Co. A brick oven pizza place that we found to be super delicious (very much reminds me of our favorite brick oven pizza restaurant in Crested Butte, CO.). Even Grace, who is not a pizza fan, loved their pizza. This place makes their own pizza dough and bread dough. As we pulled apart the garlic knots, you could easily see that the dough was not from something frozen. Chuck decided to try their meatball parmesan sandwich. The bread was flaky and soft. Chuck loved his meal! Besides pizza, they offer calzones, Stromboli, baked ziti, lasagna, ravioli, salads, soups, and more. The prices are very reasonable and portion sizes are great.

Patio outside West End Pizza Co.

Since the weather was perfect, we decided to eat on the patio. Here in South Texas, we have learned to take advantage of any day that we can eat outside without being eaten up by mosquitos or getting drenched due to the humidity. The patio has a relaxing atmosphere and the service was great. There is live music in the evenings on the weekends, so we didn’t get to enjoy that. Hopefully Chuck will get the chance to play there soon. The menu advertises a game room for kids. However, when Chuck an Matthew investigated, they found that the room does not quite live up to what was advertised. Despite that one let down, the overall experience was great. Definitely a place we will eat at again. Check out their website for hours and the menu

After getting some food, we spent the next couple of hours wandering the streets of Fredericksburg. Something we have found that we enjoy doing is the window shopping that takes places on our travels. We don’t often find something that we really want to buy, so that helps us keep to our budget. On this trip we found some magnets that say “I love my border collie” and “I love my pitt mix” that the kids wanted from Dogologie, a large pet store. They do have website if you wanted to check out some of their merchandise. We really like that they have lots of breed specific items.

Streets of Fredericksburg
Streets of Fredericksburg

Other than the magnets and some chocolate bars from a local chocolate shop, we just wandered. It was quite busy in Fredericksburg. I’m not sure if it is always like this, or if it was because of the holiday weekend. Regardless, we did enjoy the visit.

One of the things I didn’t expect was the LARGE number of wineries/wine bars. I knew that Fredericksburg was a producer of wine, but I didn’t expect that just about every other shop would be full of wine/wine tasting. I was also surprised to see the number of people walking around the streets with their glasses of wine. I would like to stay at one of the local bed and breakfasts and experience some of the wine bars.

We stumbled across part of the National Museum of the Pacific War. The part we visited was the outdoor memorial courtyard and the Japanese Garden of Peace. It was a quiet area that didn’t have many visitors. The wall plaques in the memorial have the names of individuals, ships, and units that fought in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The Japanese Garden of Peace was a gift from the people of Japan to symbolize peace and friendship.

On the way home we stopped at Das Peach Haus. I had no clue what to expect from this place, but we thought it was worth the stop. They are a big jam and jelly store. But they also have a small culinary school, a wine tasting room, and a wedding venue. The lake outside is a peaceful area to just sit and relax. It would be neat to take a picnic lunch out there and enjoy the view.

Fredericksburg is definitely a place we will visit again. There are multiple restaurants that looked appealing to us. My hope is that next time we can stay at a bed and breakfast. There is a lot of Fredericksburg we did not get to see (Enchanted Rock, Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, Fort Martin Scott Historic Site, and more). You would definitely need more than one day to explore Fredericksburg fully.

What’s poppin’ in Castroville: the Poppy House

Poppies outside the last original free standing one room cabin in Castroville.

At the end of a dead end road in the small town of Castroville, TX is this historic home that has a yard full of poppies. If you want to see “fields” of poppies, the Castroville Poppy House is the place to go. It is located at 602 Florence in Castroville. When you pull up to the house, you see poppies all along the fence line and of course a yard covered in poppies. The owners, Sally Coyle and Lloyd Ross, began planting poppies several years back to help control the dust. The grass had died during a drought and they found that the poppies could still survive.

Poppies surround the cistern and windmill at the Castroville Poppy House.
Lloyd, Sally, and Jaimie

The land has several structures on it. The actual residence was built in the 1850’s and has been recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey of the U.S. Department of the Interior and has also received the Pioneer Castroville Home marker. The land also has the last remaining original free standing one room log cabin in Castroville. Lloyd would like to restore the cabin to protect it from deteriorating more. Due to the extensive nature of the work, Lloyd has been trying, unsuccessfully, to find assistance from various government agencies to help with the expensive process.

In addition to the home and cabin, there is also a barn that was built several years ago that Lloyd gave a distressed look to take on the “historic” look in order to make it look more authentic on the land. Lloyd shares this information as he gives a little history lesson of the buildings as you prepare to walk through the property.

But of course, the main reason we were out there today was to see the poppies. One of the awesome things about living in San Antonio is the opportunities we have to see different wildflowers (you can read my blog entry on the wildflowers in Poteet). We had not yet ventured out to see the poppies before, but I am so glad we did, and that we made it in time to see them before the Texas heat arrives and kills them off.

I enjoyed strolling through the huge yard admiring the different poppies at their different stages of growth. The wind made it difficult at times to get some close up pictures of the poppies, but my patience paid off.

This 25-30 minute drive west of San Antonio was well worth the trip. I was able to take all the time I wanted to photograph these beautiful flowers. Even though there were several other families present, the area is plenty large enough to feel like you are alone. Lloyd and Sally charge $5 a person (using just a phone or small camera to take pictures) to spend time on the land. The money they raise this year will go towards purchasing a new cistern with a spigot to make well water available to anyone who wants it while visiting. There are additional charges for professional photography or videography to be done. Be sure to contact them at 210-627-1298 about those fees. Check out their Facebook page for updates. The end of March and beginning of April is the best time to see them in full bloom.

Pine Cove: A camp for all ages

This past week I attended the annual Pine Cove trip in Columbus, TX with our 6th grade students. I don’t typically go on this trip since I am a 5th grade homeroom teacher, but I went this year since our one of our 6th grade teachers has a little baby at home now. This was a pretty fun experience for me, especially since I didn’t attend camps when I was younger.

This camp does educational camps during the school year for schools and in the summer they offer Christ-centered summer camps for elementary, middle school, high school, and families. There are 3 locations for Pine Cove: Columbus, TX, Tyler, TX, and Clemson, SC. Of course the one in Columbus is the closest to San Antonio. And don’t forget, there is Buc-ee’s to stop at along the way to camp and back home.

If you chose to do the family camp, this really would be the one vacation the family would probably take during the year. Family camp begins at $3,656 for the week for the family. The week long camps for elementary, middle school, and high school is $1049 for the week. They do offer payment plans.

The accommodations and activities that are offered at the camp make for a great experience. Family camp includes a family cabin (with a/c), all meals, structured time as a family, free time as a family, alone time for moms and dads, speaker sessions, Bible studies, family worship, and theme nights. Camp counselors are available to help keep an eye on the kids.

For the youth/children’s camps, cabins are also air conditioned and there is a counselor connected to the cabins. These camps have all meals provided, structure time, free time, worship, Bible studies, and theme nights.

The activities at each camp vary according to age appropriateness. But some of the activities include pools, water slides, lazy rivers, ziplines, ropes courses, wakeboarding, go-carts, rockwalls, barn swings, horseback riding, sports courts, and more. When kids leave camp, they will have had an amazing time and will beg to go back.

We spent just 2 1/2 days at camp for the educational camps. These are also Christ-centered camps, however they are camps available to public schools and are adjusted to meet their needs. During the 2 1/2 days we were at camp, we had all meals provided, air-conditioned cabins, free time, and structured times. Our students spent time in the critter class where they learned about various snakes, reptiles, birds, and wallabies. Pody, the parrot was a favorite among the students and adults. He could say words like “hello”, “hola”, “fortnight”, “good-bye”, and he would laugh at you.

Our students also spent some time canoeing. Watching a bunch of 6th graders trying to work together to canoe around the lake was quite entertaining. Some did very well after they finally figured it out, others just could not get the hang of it.

Faces blacked out for privacy.

A favorite activity of the kids was the barn swing. The goal of the swing is to be able to get yourself back up to the platform. Only a couple of students were able to do this. After I got over my fear, I actually found that the barn swing was quite fun.

My first time on the Barn Swing. Took a little bit of courage for me to finally jump off.
Second time on the Barn Swing. No problem getting off this time!

The one thing that took massive begging and prompting and deal making from my students was the zipline. It took the promise of not putting my Expo markers together the rest of the year to finally get me up there. I truly hate grabbing a marker and finding that someone has attached them all together like a long stick. Then I have to pull them apart to get the color I want. Just a pet peeve of being a teacher, I guess. So anyway, that promise was made and the promise of two of the boys to do the zipline with me so that I wouldn’t go alone. When you hear “Please, Mrs. Wimer” over and over again, you tend to give in. So I faced one of my biggest fears and did the zipline. Can’t say that I will do it again, but at least I tried.

Don’t mind the screams, I freak even doing ropes courses at Main Event.

So if you are interested in family/youth camps and like the different activities that can be found at them, Pine Cove is the place to go. We left exhausted, but it was a fun time! Visit for more information and to schedule your trip!

Poteet Strawberry Festival

This weekend we took another drive out to Poteet, but this time it was to attend the annual Strawberry Festival. It started out as a drizzly, grey day, but it slowly began to dry up and with it, the humidity arrived. But we made the best of the it with the bipolar weather South Texas has. Besides, I was on another mission to purchase more strawberries from Anachey Strawberries, which was one of the first things we did.

So glad Anachey Strawberries were at the festival. Stocked up on strawberries for the next week.

Anyways, back to the festival….. This annual festival is held in the heart of Poteet, a small town outside of San Antonio. This year it was held from April 5-7. If you purchase tickets online, they are $15 per person, $20 at the gate. Children under 13, military (active, reserve, national guard, and retired with a valid I.D.) are free. Carnival wristbands are available for $35. Grounds parking is free (though there are some off grounds places that do charge for parking, but trust me, there is plenty of grounds parking).

Besides the carnival, and of course being able to purchase some delicious strawberries (we purchased some from Anachey Strawberries a couple of weeks ago, check out the blog on that trip) there are many other fun things to do and see during your time at the festival.

Since we spent the day out there with Matthew, we did spend most our time at the carnival. Most carnival rides were between 4 and 6 tickets. Tickets are $1 a piece. We just bought a couple of sheets of 20. All food and rides require tickets.

Speaking of food, you will find the typical carnival foods. And while they are not at all good for you, they sure are good to eat. Throughout the day we had strawberry nachos (cinnamon chips with strawberries, whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and almonds), funnel cakes, fajita tacos, and of course Chuck had a corn dog. Sure hope walking around the grounds today helped with burning off some of the calories.

After Matthew rode some rides we took in some of the various shows found throughout the grounds. We really enjoyed watching an illusionist/comedian. He did some great slight of hand tricks and kept the audience laughing. He included a lot of the children from the audience in his act. Matthew was given the opportunity to check out the rings to make sure there were no cuts or cracks. He was fascinated with the many tricks. I am sure he will try to attempt some at home.

There are also plenty of vendors to shop at. You can find everything from wooden furniture, to toys, to jewelry, to local honey, and much more. You can find something for just about anyone. In addition to shopping, food, carnivals, and such, there are also several concerts throughout the day. We had hoped to watch Aaron Watson, but we got tired of the humidity and left. But the fact that the concerts are included in the $15 ticket fee is pretty awesome.

Strawberry wine and baked goods can be purchased here. The strawberry nachos are yummy!

Now for your history lesson: According to the website, the festival began in 1948 when the Poteet Rotary Club organized the event to provide returning World War II veterans a reason to return to the farms. The club also wanted to improve the pack of berries for buyers.

The purpose of the festival has changed over the years. Because strawberries are an endangered crop, the festivals main purpose now is to promote the strawberries grown in Poteet. The festival also awards scholarships to students in Poteet with the festival proceeds. Because the festival is now a tourist attraction, the local Poteet economy is boosted during festival time.

The nice thing about the festival is that you can spend as little or as much money as you want. It can be a tight budget event by just paying the ticket fee and maybe getting some water. Food and carnival rides don’t have to be purchased. There are plenty of shows and places to window shop that money isn’t necessary. If your budget is a little more, getting some tickets to ride some of the rides and get some carnival food can add to your experience.

We enjoyed the day at the Strawberry Festival and would definitely recommend that you attend it next year! Make plans for the first or second weekend in April to spend the day out there.

Bandera: Cowboy Capital of the World

Saturday the family took a drive out to Bandera, TX. The drive out is a relaxing drive, one that we just move off to the side to let cars pass by. Not being in a hurry to get someplace is a new concept to me, and I am finding that I quite enjoy it.

We had gone to Bandera over spring break and found that it wasn’t very busy on a Tuesday. We could mosey through shops and along the sidewalk and not be in anyone’s way. This weekend it wasn’t so quiet. After we got into town we saw gobs of Harleys.

Even though it was pretty loud and crowded, it was still an enjoyable visit. As soon as we got out of the car, Matthew immediately noticed that there was a big ol’ longhorn on the sidewalk. So of course the first thing we did was check it out. The longhorn was open for kids to sit on for donations. Matthew was climbing up that thing quickly.

Grace didn’t really want to sit on it, but after some coaxing, we got her up. I about died laughing as the longhorn peed as she tried to climb down. She practically jumped off this big guy.

From there we took a walk to the Frontier Times Museum. On the way we passed by the courthouse. This courthouse was built in 1890. Love the look of the historic buildings.

When we reached the museum, we could tell right away that even though it was one of the places advertised as something to do in Bandera, it was not for us. Chuck went inside to make sure it would be worth spending money to go in. But for us, we found it was a “no.” Now if you are a history buff, this would be your place. Lots of displays.













After the walk to the museum, we headed to Country Sweets Bakery for some pastries (I have a separate post on that visit). So glad we stopped there. they have delicious pastries, cookies, and cakes!


After spending time chatting with the owners we just walked through town checking out the shops. There are several shops with cute signs and knick-knacks. When we visited last time, we spent time in The Cowboy Store where Chuck and the kids got hats. The owners had a lot of patience with everyone trying on different hats.

Of course, when you do anything with kids, you eventually hear “I’m hungry. Can we eat?” So we went to O.S.T (Old Spanish Trail). We ate there last time we went to Bandera and enjoyed it, so we had to go back. Prices there are reasonable and portion sizes are great!

After eating, we did a little more window shopping as we headed back to the car. On the way we stopped at the Western Trail Heritage Park. The name is a bit misleading as it is not a park that one would expect. It is actually a tribute to the beginnings and the cowboys of the Great Western Trail cattle drives. There’s a cool horse statue, some historical markers, restrooms, and benches to sit on. 

After spending a few minutes at the park, we drove around random places. In our random driving we came across Bandera City Park. This park was pretty cool. It is located along the Medina River. Swimming, BBQ, equestrian trails, playground, and a skate park are all located there. According to the city of Bandera’s website the fees are as follows:

Weekends and Holidays
April through September, the entry fees are $5 per person ages 4-64. Ages 3 and under are free. Seniors (65+), active duty or retired military, police, fire and emergency response personnel are charged a discounted rate of $3 per person, with proof of ID.

Monday through Friday are free unless there is a holiday.

While there we did some video and some photos for Chuck’s music.

This cool park will definitely be getting another visit from our family when the weather warms up.

If you are looking to get a leisurely drive in, some window shopping, and a quick bite to eat, head on out to Bandera.

Country Sweets Bakery: A hidden gem in Bandera

Eclairs, croissants, long johns, oh my! Trying to choose the pastry I wanted was a difficult decision. Fortunately, with four of us buying, we all picked out something different and I could try a bite of everyone’s!

Pastries made fresh in-house.
Great selection of cookies!
For the gluten free customers, they have peanut butter cookies available every day that are gluten free.

As we wandered through Bandera, TX, we came across an amazing little bakery. This veteran owned bakery had so many choices of freshly baked Artisan pastries and cookies. And the prices were super reasonable (for our 1 long john, 1 éclair, 1 apple pie-pocket, 1 blackberry fan and 2 extra large cranberry/white chocolate chip cookies, we spent right around $14.00). Baked goods are not the only things served though. Salads, wraps, and sandwiches are a part of the daily lunch menu. In addition, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, lunch specials of comfort foods, such as meatloaf sandwiches, are available. In the winter, soup is available Monday-Friday.

Since it was close to closing time, we had an opportunity to chat with the owners, Rhonda and April. These sisters opened the bakery about 4 years ago. Country Sweets Bakery is the only bakery in Bandera, and only one of 3 located on Highway 16 between Bandera and Kerrville. They are open Monday-Friday from 7am-3pm and on Saturdays from 8am-1pm. Occasionally, they are closed on Saturdays for weddings.

April and Rhonda, owners of Country Sweets Bakery.
Their mission: “Two sisters who want to bring a little sweetness to your life.”

Speaking of weddings, the cakes they make for weddings look AMAZING and based on the pastries we had, have to taste awesome! Wedding cakes range from $175-$525 (that was for an all gluten free cake).

This particular wedding cake was $385. We actually ordered Grace’s graduation cake from here that was based on this cake.

This family owned shop (they have one employee) does many special orders. Of course wedding cakes keep them busy. In addition to wedding cakes, you can special order cookies and other cakes. For specialty order iced cookies, you can expect to pay $2.50 a cookie (great price for special orders!). Gluten free cakes are available for special order as well. While we were there, we ordered Grace’s graduation cake. The drive to Bandera is worth it for this cake.

Rhonda and April are dedicated to the local community. In fact, they consider the community a part of their family. The sisters enjoy chatting with their customers and getting to know them. In addition, they help with many events in the area by donating cookies, pastries, and cakes. One of the organizations they support is Wounded Warriors. They donate baked goods and other items to them.

Bandera is a neat little town that I enjoy spending time walking through (the post on the whole trip will be coming soon). Finding Country Sweets Bakery is just icing on the cake (pun intended) and we will definitely visit this bakery again!

Colors of Texas

This past weekend we took a drive out to Poteet, TX. Our plan was to pick strawberries at a local farm. I had no idea that we would find fields and fields of wildflowers along HWY 16! I am so glad Chuck was doing the driving, or we might have crashed, LOL. I was enthralled with all the colors. I am sure I drove Chuck nuts with all my “Look at that!” “Ohhhh, look at that field!” “Look at all the colors”. As someone who loves to take pictures, this was a dream come true. Why we never took a drive along HWY 16 before, is beyond me. We have lived in San Antonio for almost 12 years! So of course after we finished picking strawberries (be sure to read that post) we had to find a safe place to pull off and take pictures (btw, no filter was used on these pictures). Unfortunately, I am not a gardener by any stretch of the imagination, nor do I have a green thumb to even attempt to keep a garden. So I can only identify the bluebonnets. If you know the other flowers, please let me know in the comments. I definitely need some education when it comes to flowers.

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.” Matthew 6:28 NIV
Fields of these flowers are all along HWY 16 heading to Poteet, TX
Wildflowers in bloom in Texas
Love the beauty of Texas
God’s creation is displayed in the beauty of flowers.

I highly recommend you head on out along HWY 16 towards Poteet sometime in the next couple of weeks to see the amazing spring colors of Texas.

Strawberry Picking: a new family adventure

Today we took a drive out to Poteet, TX. After getting past the construction and city driving, we had a relaxing drive looking at the farmland and colorful fields of wildflowers (post on that to come later). We had plans to head to K H Farm to pick strawberries during their season opener. Unfortunately, by noon they had been picked out. I’m glad I checked their Facebook page before we actually arrived. So I began the search of finding another farm to go to. I was set on picking strawberries, dang it!

Wildflowers blooming all along HWY 16 on the way to Poteet, TX

I found the number for Poteet, Texas Strawberryville Farm ( ). Gave them a call, but no one answered. Frustration level began to rise. So I began the search again, but within minutes I had a call from a San Antonio number that I did not recognize. Now, normally I do not answer calls from numbers I don’t recognize, but for some reason, I did. Boy am I glad I answered. Jose from Strawberryville Farm called back. I was sad to hear, though, that they were closed for the day because he was working and his wife was running errands. I mention them and their Facebook page here because Jose was extremely helpful in finding another farm to go to. He gave me the names of 3 different places we could go to that still had strawberries to pick from. He even took the time to give directions to the one we were closest to at that moment. So while we never visited Strawberryville Farm, I can imagine that they are a great place to visit due to how helpful Jose was.

The first place Jose referred us to was Anachey Strawberry Farm ( So after listening to GPS tell us where to go and NOT finding this farm, Chuck finally said to type the address in to GPS– 189 Schuettig Rd, Poteet, TX– and see if that helped and what do you know, it did (DON’T use the map link on their Facebook page, type the actual address in otherwise you will find yourself in the heart of Poteet). So we backtracked a bit to head to the farm. Glad the views were beautiful to look at, otherwise my frustration level would probably have risen more. This was supposed to be a fun, relaxing trip. Not one that was making me crazy.

We finally found the farm. You could see the bright red strawberries from the road. I could not wait to get out and start picking them.

Strawberry plant with several ready to pick strawberries.

Chuck, the kids, and I got the containers to put our strawberries in from Sheila at the checkout table, headed to the rows of strawberries, and began our picking! There were some other families there as well, but the field was plenty large enough that we were all spread out.

Of course, being me, we had to get lots of pictures 🙂 I don’t think we go anywhere without me snapping pictures.

There are three prices for these super yummy strawberries (yes, I tried one there to be sure). For one clam shell the price is $5.00. You fill them up till you can’t close the lid. They hold a little more than a pound. The price for a flat (which is what we purchased and holds 5 clam shells) is $20. The price for 2 flats is $40. Homemade strawberry jam is $10. Let me tell you, these strawberries are juicy, sweet, and perfect. Mouthwatering strawberries!! Much better tasting than the ones I have purchased in H-E-B (No disrespect to H-E-B).

We spent a little time chatting with the owners, Michael and Sheila Vela. They were so friendly and provided some great information to us. This is their first year in operation. They plan on opening up the farm for strawberry picking every year. They have 10,000 plants on the farm. They do not use pesticides and they use seaweed fertilizer. So they are as close to organic as you can get without having the label. Anachey Farm is open every day, but when the strawberries are all picked out, they will close up. So be sure to get there early! They will be closed the week of March 30-April 10 in preparation for the Poteet Strawberry Festival and to give the crop time to replenish.

Sheila was wonderful in answering all our questions. We even learned a little about strawberry growing. Strawberries need a lot of sun and the humidity can kill them. When you see the green strawberries, they will be ready to pick in about 10 days.

Mike even gave Chuck information on some of their family that own restaurants that he might be able to play at (don’t forget to visit his page at Sheila and Mike were super friendly and very welcoming. When I run out of strawberries, I plan on making the trip out to Anachey’s Strawberry Farm again to purchase more. Worth the drive!

Asilomar State Beach, CA

While not a local (or even Texas) beach, I decided to do mid-week posts on past travels and photos I took there. One of my favorite places I visited last year is Asilomar State Beach, bear Monterey, CA (

I took Grace and Matthew to visit Sofia in Monterey over Memorial Day weekend in 2018. Sofia is in the Air Force and we decided to visit her so we could spend time with her and check out what I had heard was a beautiful place. No lie, the entire area is really amazing.

But for the sake of this entry, I will be focusing on Asilomar State Beach. Sofia had gone to this beach before and sent me a couple of pictures that were really amazing. So while we were visiting her, she took us out just before sunset. This place exhibited one of the absolutely most stunning sunsets I have ever seen. The site of the sun going down over the ocean and the rocky beach, was peaceful, beautiful……..and I honestly cannot even describe it in words. I pretty much just snapped pictures nonstop. I really didn’t want to leave the beach, but the sight of my shivering children told me it was time to go.

If you ever get the chance to go to the Monterey/Pebble Beach/Carmel area, be sure to visit this gorgeous place, especially at sunset.