Friday, October 21, 2011

Sunrise Over Frenchman's Bay

Just a few short hours after making some beautiful moonlit images from the top of Mt. Cadillac, we had the opportunity to return for some sunrise images. The contrasts between night and day was obviously striking and very rewarding!

Sunrise is always the most magical time of day. It is the symbol of new beginnings and opportunities. It can be an incredible moment of soul searching and reflection. Viewing the sunrise from Mt. Cadillac is especially powerful.

The first rays of the new day (in the U.S.) can be seen from the top of Cadillac Mountain, warming the island studded Frenchman's Bay. During summer, the white throated sparrow celebrates the new day with its beautiful song. In the fall, brisk breezes bring cool autumn air with the promise of winter. Anytime of year is exhilerating. Once the colors start to play across the sky, the grumpiness from the early wake up is long forgotten. The heart stirs and the soul begins to sing with a vibrancy that can't be supressed. The view from the top is worth the effort!

On each trip there is always groans of "You want to get up when?" and "We won't get coffee until what time?" This is usually followed by a collective sigh and often some more grumbling. Then, once nature has put on her show, come the breathtaking moments that make everyone realize that their sacrifice was worth the lack of sleep and the delayed caffeine fix. Nature has a way of soothing over such worldly concerns. Nothing else seems to matter. The fringe hours of light are what nature photographers live for. Too often we trade those hours away for some extra sleep in a comfy bed. Moments like the one pictured above are to be cherished. Make a point of getting up early and greeting the sun!

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