In what has become an annual
I took myself out for some January sunrise shots. I’ve decided I torture myself this way
because it’s the month when dawn syncs with my biorhythms. I wake
up naturally, just as the first smidge of light brightens the horizon, which allows me enough time to splash water on my face, bundle up and drive across
Last Monday, I headed to the beach, forgetting the angle of the sun this time of year means from that location, I wasn’t going to see the sun come up over the water. Still, standing at the edge of the parking lot, I shot a few pictures of the lighthouse amid the brightening sky. I was the only one there, although one lonely set of footprints between two snow fences testified to an earlier
The temperature wasn’t as bad as it’s been in previous years when I’ve been inclined to head out on similar
the coldest hour, on one of the coldest days of the coldest month of the year. Yet, before long my fingers were killing me numb, and I skedaddled back returned to my car to thaw them in the blasting heat
before driving toward the harbor. It was
the MLK holiday, but there was no day off for our long-delayed harbor dredging project. Across the water an engine grumbled, and as I beat my hands on my sides trying to keep them warm watched, a long barge
slid into the grey harbor.
The tide was mudflat low, brown and ugly. Deciding the only way I was going to get out of the trip whole would be to feature a neglected boat perched by the jetty in a black and white composition, I climbed a stone wall and framed a shot. As I did, I noticed what looked like the top of a tug boat moored at the mouth of the harbor. My sister loves tugs, if I caught it right, say just as the sun cracked the barrier beach behind it, I’d send the picture to her.
The picture I got? Let's just say I'm not sending it to her, and I'm most certainly not posting it here. Ah, well. (Sorry, Con.)
Here’s the truth. You know the photography is all for the writing, right? So what does it matter if I
completely blow it don't get what I want? Regardless of how the picture comes out, I
can always summon the images.