I was playing tourist for a day in my city to show a friend around who is visiting New York for the first time. We went on Top of the Rock to watch the concrete jungle from above.

The sky was burning for hours on end last night. And on days like these we’re reminded that nature paints the most beautiful pictures of all.

I snapped a few pictures while staring into the endless arrays of orange and shades of red. Most tourists continued to capture every single moment that passed, without taking the tiny screens down to enjoy the beauty with their own eyes. The fading day turned into a perfect gradient of purples and blues, until the sun took her last breath and gave way to the night sky.