It was a dark and stormy evening. I was driving back into Illinois when suddenly everything was bathed in this weird pink light. At first, I didn’t know what it was coming from; maybe an emergency vehicle? I looked back and saw it was the sun. It had peeked underneath the dark storm clouds as it was setting.
Ahead of me, I noticed this squat column of light start to appear in the sky over a clump of trees. As I watched, it got brighter and more defined. It stretched and curved. The column was originally yellowish-white. Then it swelled wider and divided itself into colors: first red and yellow and then red, yellow and a thin blue stripe.
It was like a growing thing; a sprout from a celestial seed. The entire process took less than two minutes.
And two minutes after that, it was gone. The sun had set.