Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Surprise. . .I loved a sunrise!

I am definitely not a morning person.  I do get up early but don’t function well for a few hours so sunrises generally don’t rate much of my attention. Give me a good ol’ beautiful sunset!  But a few days ago I was jarred out of my morning doldrums by an absolutely gorgeous multi-colored sunrise. I grabbed my camera and, from my deck, over the span of two minutes took these five photos.

I'd like mornings better if they started later. ~Author unknown

Overlooking the paddock at the racetrack.  The colors were brilliant purples, pinks, and magentas.


“Let every dawn be to you the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.” -John Ruskin

Within seconds the colors had softened. The trees silhouetted are coast oaks.


From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD's name is to be praised. ~Psalms 113:3

One minute later the sky had taken on an orang-ish hue.  The arc over turn seven at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is silhouetted in this photo.


I can find God in nature, in animals, in birds and the environment. -Pat Buckley

A flock of birds took to the sky just as I was snapping this one.


“With each sunrise,

we start anew” –unknown

Just two minutes after I took the first of the five photos dawn had already started to soften and wash out the vibrant colors.  The curve may have been a contrail from a jet taking off from the Monterey airport – I’m not sure.


“You don’t need someone to interpret for you what a beautiful sunrise it is.”  -Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

I have always wished I could be a morning person but know my internal time clock is not set for mornings.  But I did truly enjoy this particular morning with its special sunrise.

Are you a sunrise or a sunset person?


  1. What beautiful pictures, Linda! How fortunate you were up and able to capture that gorgeous sunrise for the rest of us! I love both sunrise and sunset -- though after years of getting up at 4 a.m. to be on the commuter bus by 5, I have to admit to snoozing in during retirement. I have to get up early tomorrow for some medical tests and now I'll reframe it as getting to see the sun rise!

  2. I love that first quote. I'm not a big sunrise type of person so thank you for capturing them for me!

  3. OMG!!!!! Those photos are STUNNING! You could truly enlarge them and make them into posters. They are just breathtaking. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Also, Linda, thanks for visitng my blog and commenting. Loved having you stop by. Susan

  4. When I first saw the pictures I thought they were sunset pics. You've landed in a wonderful place. Beautiful!

  5. Your sunrise pictures are lovely. I am a sunset kind of person. I have taken a few sunrise pictures, but find I do better with sunsets.

    Thanks for your visit to My Reading Corner today.

  6. Magnificent! Like you I am not a Morning Person though I wish I could be... everything is so Fresh and new in the Mornings and on the rare occassion that I see a Sunrise it always leaves me in awe! But, I've always been more of a Sunset sorta Gal! *Winks*

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian