THE PRESERVES, SEEN IN 15 AMAZING SUNSETS There are ample opportunities to capture the perfect shot — or just enjoy someone else's photographic work

The full power and beauty of nature can be incredible, and that's especially the case when we're treated to some jaw-dropping sunsets.

At times, it can look like the entire sky is on fire, illuminated with orange and reddish glows. Other times, there's the perfect mix of clouds and color to completely overload the senses.

A solid sunset also provides a picturesque setting in which to sit back, relax and take it all in at the end of a long day. And with 22,000 acres of land in the District, there are plenty of places to find the perfect spot to do so.

For those whose time is at a premium, the hours-long visual display can be compressed into less than 60 seconds.

Behold the power of the time lapse.

While water locations tend to lend themselves to some of the most beautiful sunsets we've ever seen, there's still plenty of opportunities to be wowed inland.

It's really just a matter of perspective.

Here's a look at some of our favorites:

Hammel Woods (Photo courtesy of Sue Delost)
Lake Chaminwood Preserve (Photo courtesy of William Kaluzny)
Lake Renwick Preserve (Photo courtesy of Evi Kempf)
Riverview Farmstead Preserve (Photo courtesy of Richard Kolar)
Lake Chaminwood Preserve (Photo courtesy of Ronald Kapala)
Rock Run Preserve (Photo courtesy of David Winkleman Jr.)
Whalon Lake (Photo courtesy of Scott Jakubenas)
Prairie Bluff Preserve (Photo courtesy of Brian Keller)
Rock Run Preserve (Photo by Chad Merda)
Lake Renwick Preserve (Photo courtesy of George Keslin)
McKinley Woods (Photo courtesy of Chad Liptak)
Lake Renwick Preserve (Photo courtesy of Evi Kempf)
Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve (Photo courtesy of Yvonne Jones)
Hadley Valley (Photo courtesy of Chuck Medrano)

Lead image at Monee Reservoir courtesy of Nathan Taylor

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