Thursday, November 30, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Happy Thanksgiving 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
The massive buildings bothered me at first until I noticed the reflections of the morning color on their glass facades. Soon, pink clouds filled the blue sky while at the same time, a deep orange magenta settled on the horizon. A man walking his dogs told me he had to sit down at the picnic table so that he could see the whole sunrise (as if he might fall over!). This would have been the perfect sunrise to lie on the ground and look up at the clouds.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
hour before sunrise with two
We headed out with a sky full of colorful clouds already forming. So a quick drive to nearby Addenbrook Park was the hastily chosen destination. There were quite a few cars in the parking lot and we saw the usual dog walkers and lake walkers. The geese were just starting to wake up. We got close to the water’s edge and watched with fascination how the geese scoop up water, throwing it over their body followed by a stretching wing flap, all part of a bathing ritual, or so we guessed.
The colors were a mixture of dark and light, then quickly evolving into a breathtaking display that we both were able to photograph. My son was getting very cold by the actual time of sunrise. He was happy when I told him that I often end the morning within a minute or two of sunrise.
It is, after all, the hour before sunrise that I seem drawn to most.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
traffic all around
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
better than expected
It was kind of an off morning – not looking forward to going to work. The frosty temperature froze my hands and I fully expected my photos to illustrate my mood at the time. But my day went very well ....
*I have to work very hard to be negative - best not to waste the energy on it!!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
windy outside - warm & cozy inside
Now what was that new project??
Labels: wind event
Now that the last leaves have been whipped off by the wind, the graceful and standout shapes of the trees add beauty as I see through them to the sunrise colors.
I love the way sunrise spreads from a small point on the horizon, sharp and earthly, to those billowy rarefied clouds that perch up high, transient and brief.
And then they pass beyond.
Monday, November 13, 2006
I got up REALLY early this morning because I needed to get something done at my office before taking the day off!!
Except for a dusting, the snow has stayed in the mountains! I caught a beautiful sunrise from Dinosaur Ridge, which is on the ‘hogback’ that runs north – south west of Green Mountain and east of Red Rocks Park and the Front Range foothills!
It was dark and quiet on the ridge EXCEPT for the constant but muffled sound of early morning commuters snaking along on C-470 down below.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
sunrise on a cloudy day
From the well-worn wooden bleachers at Red Rocks Park
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Maybe I should leave earlier?
I have started sleeping through my alarm, which goes off about 1-½ hours before sunrise. So even if I finally wake up 20 minutes late, I have time to spare, right? I always check to see the cloud situation to know whether or not to get excited. This morning was a definite “get excited” morning. I remembered to charge the battery last night but didn’t remember to tape up the broken leg on my tripod! But I was still out the door with time to spare and a roll of electrical tape in my pocket just in case.
I went back to Kendrick Lake Park and exchanged greetings with a runner. He said with a serious face, “beautiful sunrise isn’t it?” to which I smiled in agreement but to myself I said – why couldn’t this guy crack a smile if the sunrise is so great? It is a short distance around Kendrick Lake. The runner passed me at least 3 more times and I am happy to report that he flashed a big smile each time.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Have you ever had one of those days when you are driven to say:
It’s not going to happen
Well, this morning, I had the opposite experience. In my quest to photograph sunrise every day for a year, I have taken to researching new places to go because as some of you have noted, sunrise can get a tad boring ….day after day…especially from the same place!!
SO, today I headed to Crown Hill Park and had another very fine experience. Lately, I have started getting into the energy of the regulars who have made these fine parks their own. Each and every park or wildlife area seems to have its regulars who LOVE being there. I think you tend to see a very dedicated group at sunrise. Today, I spoke with three women who were getting their exercise and having a very sociable time. They asked me if I had gotten any photos of the beautiful sunrise. We started talking and their enthusiasm and love for this park were evident in the way they all three started telling me at once about particular notable sunrises. Since I have this kind of relationship with Green Mountain and Top of the World Park, I know exactly what they mean. Having been somewhat of a ‘wilderness’ snob at times in my life, this is a revelation. I have driven by this park hundreds of times and not been terribly interested. But once you step out of ‘the rest of the world’ into this world, the beauty surrounds and embraces you…if you let it!
I sense another shift! I want to visit as many of these beautiful parks as I can and at the same time I want to come back time and time again – I want to become a regular!
There is so much more!
Again – over and over!
Anything can happen – it just takes time and an open mind!
I am just beginning!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
down in the city
A late night checking on election results made it hard to get up this morning. I decided to go to a nearby city park with a lake for sunrise. I have been to this park before for sunset and to take the kids fishing many years ago! As I was driving there I was thinking not to expect much since this park is ‘down’ in the city and I am partial to being in high places!
But as I pulled into the parking lot, I immediately felt the beauty and peace of this spot. There were a lot of regulars walking, jogging, or riding bikes. The lighting and the leafless trees, the cattails that line the water’s edge – all spoke to me of why there are so many regulars. One woman came out to the dock where I had my camera set up. She asked me what was photographing. She told me her name and said she walked around the lake every day. I had no trouble seeing why. I told her I would be back. There is more than enough beauty to bring me back.
Monday, November 06, 2006
one more time,
the setting moon in pink sunrise glow.
I also decided that I would hike to the tower – breaking myself back into hiking in a slow and reasonable fashion.
It was still and warm this morning with no one on the trail but the deer and me. It is a very heady feeling having Green Mountain to oneself. There actually were other people on the mountain but we were separated by time and distance.
The trail starts out steep bringing you up above the city lights in a matter of minutes. Although it is rather monotonous to photograph there is something spectacular about the sea of city lights topped with the pink hour-before-sunrise-glow and the deep blue sky above, rather like peeking down on another world.
I found my sunrise moon as it welcomed me back home to Green Mountain.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
chasing the elusive...
In chasing the moon, I hiked part way up Green Mountain, the most I have done in a very long time. The sunrise was rather bland today but the lighting and warm greetings that I received from my old stomping grounds warmed me far more than the thick down coat I wore.
I want to start hikng again but I do not want to give up my search for new sunrise adventures. In the end, I will seek a balance and add hiking back into the weekly mix!