PHOTOS: Wednesday Night’s Amazing Sky

September 5, 2012 22:30 pm · 42 comments

Wednesday night’s sky was absolutely amazing, especially since the colors and the rainbows came out around the time when CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom passed away.

Click on each photo for a much larger view.

Thank you to all of you who took the time to share your pictures with all of us!

Lisa September 5, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Thank you Mayor.

teri September 5, 2012 at 10:41 PM

It sure didn’t look like a normal sunset to me. The orange sky wasn’t just to the west. I turned around and saw it to the east too. I have never seen that happen before.

julie September 5, 2012 at 10:41 PM

You are the Best!!!!

Miss Me September 5, 2012 at 10:42 PM

The timing was fitting, considering the loss of Officer Youngstrom. All pics. are absolutely gorgeous!

doglover September 5, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Mayor, I was born and raised in Walnut Creek, now live in Concord. I want too thank you so much for letting us express our views. God Bless you, and Radar. You guys are awesome. Prayers are always with you Radar. September 5, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Thank you so much, doglover. 🙂


Thanks for sharing them! September 5, 2012 at 10:50 PM

I was at Lucky, and it was a rare occasion when people were not hurrying to and from their cars, but lingering in the parking lot, exclaiming over the beauty, and it seemed 20 people all at once were snapping photos of the sky from the parking lot, and calling others to tell them to look at the rainbow and the sunset. It is amazing how rainbows seem like such a treasure for people to notice that they cause the rare occasion when people will actually pause and exclaim over them.

ChampagneKitty September 5, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Well Officer Youngstrom sure went out in style, didn’t he?

SanDee September 5, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Thanks Mayor,
@Miss Me,
You said it better then I could have.

anon =) September 5, 2012 at 10:58 PM

It was truly God welcoming his beloved child home. RIP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom.

mind yer yap September 5, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Amen 10

Lorelei September 5, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Took my breath away…………

Minutemom September 5, 2012 at 11:16 PM

What a beautiful tribute, spoken much more eloquently than words….

anon September 5, 2012 at 11:23 PM

What a beautiful sky for Officer Youngstrom. God bless him and his family.

Anon September 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Thank you Mr. Mayor. That is a nice way to remember Officer Youngstrom.

godless heathen September 5, 2012 at 11:35 PM

as i watched the sunset i thought to myself the sky is on fire. this is what my superstitious ancestors woud call an omen … thank god for science, or maybe it’s the recent grass fire that released tons of particulates and moisture? or the giant parking lot called 680 during the investigation that released tons of carbon dioxide? …

naw its a miracle

ClayDen September 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Beautiful photos! Our 3 1/2 year old granddaughter loved the rainbow over Clayton.

Menegene September 5, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Wow!! So beautiful! Not only was the sky beautiful, I loved watching people soak in the beauty.

Radar September 5, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Thanks Doglover! Thanks for sharing all your photos everyone!

Wonderful photos; it was quite a sight! September 5, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Beautiful photos!

I didn’t see the rainbow, but as I was working at my desk on deadline and happened to glance up through the window, I literally GASPED at how gorgeous the sunset was, with all the soft, glowing pinks and golds and other colors tinting the clouds and the sky.

I went out to my patio and then outside into the parking area to look at it, and I actually felt like knocking on doors or emailing or calling neighbors to come look too (but restrained myself and went back in eventually to finish my work).

What a sight!! 🙂

melo September 6, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Such beauty on a very sad night….RIP officer Youngstrom

Love LEO's September 6, 2012 at 12:44 AM

What a beautiful connection you made, Mr. Mayor. Thank you for sharing that beautiful thought.

Thank you Kenyon Youngstrom for dedicating your life to others. May God rest your soul and give strength and comfort to your family and friends.

And may God give strength, comfort and peace of mind to the other victim in this tragedy, the officer who had to witness his friend and partner die so violently while he himself had to make the instantaneous decision to eliminate the human threat to himself and the other passing motorists. Thank you. You are a hero.

Peanuts Mommy September 6, 2012 at 1:38 AM

RIP friend…that was for you!

JoRo2 September 6, 2012 at 4:26 AM

A most beautiful sight indeed. Moments like those make me want to live on a high hill top away from the obstruction of phone poles. Something like Mount Seeno.

grumpy 07 September 6, 2012 at 4:29 AM

That was for you officer ..RIP..thanks for all your hard work..thought and prayers are with the family ..

Jeff September 6, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Almost like his own stairway to heaven. What a beautiful sight.

I hope that someday his family gets to see the beauty in this, but I can only imagine their pain right now. My condolences, and my prayers, to the family.

Horse'n Around September 6, 2012 at 7:05 AM

My 9 yr. old said “This is how our hero’s go to heaven.”

Jeff September 6, 2012 at 7:33 AM

NOTE – I stole this from someone else because of it’s beauty and absolute relevance. I thought we’d all find some peace in this.

The Final Inspection

The policeman stood and faced his God,which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining just as brightly as his brass.
“Step forward now, policeman. How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?
The policeman squared his shoulders and said.
“No, I guess I ain’t because those of us who carry a badge
can’t always be a Saint.”
I’ve had to work most Sundays
and at times my talk is rough,
and sometimes I’ve been violent,
because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny that wasn’t mine to keep…
though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills got to steep.
And I never passed a cry for help
though at times I shook with fear,
and sometimes, God forgive me, I’ve wept unmanly tears.
I know I don’t deserve a place among the people here.
They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you’ve a place for me here, Lord, it needn’t be so grand,
I never expected or had too much, but if you don’t…I’ll understand”
There was a silence all around the throne where the Saints had often trod.

As the policeman waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
“Step forward now, policeman.
You’ve borne you burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets.
You’ve done your time in Hell”

(Author Unknown)

Rest in peace Officer Youngstrom.

Mimi (original) September 6, 2012 at 8:04 AM

WOW!! These photos are fabulous! Where in the world was I last night when the sun went down? I’m so bummed that I missed this spectacular sight!

iamerica September 6, 2012 at 8:10 AM

God rest his soul. Thank you Mayor for these photos. Looking at this myself last night from the open space of the delta plains it was amazing, and I caught myself breathless thinking about Officer Youngstrom riding the rainbow up to heaven was a once in a life time miracle. Truly sad day but there is always a silver lining. I hope his family witnessed this, but again thank you Mayor, the family will enjoy these photos and all our support and prayer.

"ME" September 6, 2012 at 8:16 AM


Howard K Mullins III September 6, 2012 at 8:21 AM

@ # 28

from the mouth of babe’s.

My prayers and condolences to the family.

And a huge group huge for the CHP. I know how grieved all CHP must be now. Thank you for protecting us, at all costs.

Steve September 6, 2012 at 8:40 AM

One more sky shot from Concord!

Beautiful #29 September 6, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Absolutely beautiful, #29. May Officer Youngstrom Rest In Peace with all of the Heroes who have given their selves for us.

jeninreality September 6, 2012 at 8:56 AM

I’m glad that there are other Claycordians who share the same thoughts as me as I looked up last night. I know that Officer Youngstrom’s path to heaven was paved with the beauty in the skies over WC last night. My sincere condolences to his family.

Dragon September 6, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Thanks, everyone, for the lovely pictures!

Kirkwood September 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

The fact that the double rainbow appeared at Officer Youngstrom’s passing, was surreal. I was unaware as I took my pictures.

@Kirkwood September 6, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Yes–that was surreal. It was as though he was telling us that he’s ok.
10-4 Good Buddy.

Screwy Louie September 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

My moms burial was “interrupted” in January 2000 by the parting of clouds and rays of sunshine pouring down on us.
Thanks for doing that for Kenyon yesterday, we appreciate it.
Love you Mom.

skippy September 6, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I loved the way both rainbows covered the entire Clayton Valley from the north hills and ending at Mt. Diablo, our local pot of gold.

Blind September 6, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Mayor, in the future can you please post the pictures so they can be viewed in a slide show?

Stephanie September 8, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Mayor, I think you should be president. I believe too. When you are down, just look up. And google Seraphim,

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