One thing that would have made things easier to understand is that the sun set at 4:52 PM . So at 6:00 Pm when I took the photos it was basically dark. There were just some great colors showing and I wanted to try and pick them up.
I received some good advice. It's too late to look through your camera for the right settings. By the time you find info on your camera the scene is gone. But I get it that I have to look these things up and learn them before the scene presents itself.
I hate to admit it but I took these photos out of my window. Since I live in an urban area, if I went outside at ground level I would not see any of this. I know that there are great places in the country that would give me a good view.
A tripod. Yes, a tripod would be very helpful instead of leaning up against a wall, fence or car.
So I will continue trying things and I hope you continue with pointers and advice.
Did I ever say I liked clouds?