Saturday wasn’t the first time I woke up too early. And normally I’d sit with the cat a while then go back to bed. But it was going to be a nice day weather-wise and I wasn’t tired. I knew it was my chance.
I slipped out of the house into the darkness with my mismatched outfit, serious bed head, my Canon and a couple of lenses plus that tripod I haven’t quite mastered yet.
I headed up Hesperus and caught a glimpse of the purple streaks in the sky between the houses and then the harbor. It wasn’t near sunrise yet, and I was already missing out. I hit the gas and headed towards the beach.
Turns out there is no problem finding a parking spot at the Good Harbor Beach footbridge at 5:30am. And OMG it’s already happening. I shot quickly out the car window, then leaped out of the car to grab a few shots off the bridge before running onto the sand and kicking off my shoes. It was November 7, but already 57º! I walked across the beach and though I might hyperventilate as the sun colored the sky and sand with an amazing glow as the sun slowly rose. “These pictures take themselves” I heard myself say. “Right place, right time.” It was an all-media-on-deck moment as I alternated video with my cell phone and photos with my camera pivoting and juggling back and forth–twin lights–house–sand–silhouettes–clouds. I was so excited, I think I was bouncing in my bare feet.
After a ton of shots and numb feet, I headed home buzzing on creative cloud 9. There’s nothing I love more than lots of color. How wonderful of an experience to capture the sunrise at Good Harbor Beach!