I chose a day based on what my schedule allowed. The sky wasn't anything special that day. There was a grass fire a couple miles east of me, so the sky was hazy. But there were no storm clouds (I missed one heck of a lighting storm the other night ....) or anything spectacular. Living in a valley, however, I've not been able to watch sunsets regularly like I used to growing up. When I was in college I had a dorm room on the top floor of the tallest building on the hill looking west. It was an ideal sunset watching location. And I LOVED it. But the last 8 years or so have really been lacking in sunset availability. So any sunset is awesome in my book.
At any rate, I hopped in my car and drove to "my new spot." Got there in plenty of time. Due to high winds on this hill, I did not take a tripod. My tripod isn't very sturdy to begin with, let alone with high winds.
I was waiting for the sun to do it's thing. Got a couple "practice" shots in, set my exposure, got a feel for the location and waited. I sat down on the bench, facing east, and saw this.
The slight hazy/smokey sky with the sun reflecting off it was pretty in and of itself. But the moon coming up just behind the clouds ... MONEY! I was excited to get it; kinda wish I noticed it a minute earlier when it was only half up. I've been aching for a decent moon photo for the better part of 6 months. I like this one enough to share it.