Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A sleepless night led me to this . . .

"As each day comes to us refreshed and anew,
so does my gratitude renew itself daily.
The breaking of the sun over the horizon
is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world."

- Terri Guillemets

Yes, I had something else planned, no I didn't get it finished. I sat at my computer last night trying to edit my pictures and I kept falling asleep, so I went to bed, thinking I would get it done in the morning. Well, it was a rather sleepless night (again), and you know those hot flashes can keep one from sleeping very well, and then the amber alert went off on my weather radio, and then another hour later the dog woke me up with a ferocious barking session at 4:30 in the morning. So, I got up to check it out, and that's when I noticed that the fog that was so thick I couldn't see my sidewalk from my front door. And although I hadn't planned on it, I knew I should set my alarm to go watch the only another hour. I almost missed it, slept through two snoozes, left with my camera but forgot my camera bag and had to turn around and go back to get it. And....I was on empty, but no time for gas or I would just miss the whole thing...I had 55 miles left, more than plenty to at least get me there! ; )

It is a good thing too, that I went back for my bag, as my battery died on me half way through the sunrise. And after coffee with a friend, I went home to upload and edit my photos and as I was starting to prepare this post my son tried to refresh the router on my desk and well, you guessed it, he did something that left us all with no internet service for the rest of the day until my husband was able to walk him through getting us back online via a phone call. I seriously thought I would just scrap the whole thing, but....after all of that, my not so quite unfortunate mini-series of events, I thought yep, yep I sorta went to a lot of trouble to get these and well, it was a gorgeous sunrise and not one to keep to myself. So without further delay, I present to you my morning sunrise as it unfolded before me..... (yesterday)

6:43 A.M. (Arrival time 6:39)

6:49 A.M - the actual time of the sunrise, and right on time it was ; )

6:55 A.M

6:56 A.M.

6:57 A.M.

7:08 A.M.

7:10 A.M.


7:23 A.M.

7:41 A.M.

8:21 A.M.
I walked briefly on the boardwalk after the sunrise and in the distance, I noticed it right way, I recognized his boat  . . . it's the man I watched fish (you can read about it here).
{Photo Art Friday, theme using her texture signed and sealed, and Kim Klassen's new texture Kristin}

Of course I don't need a sleepless night to lead me to the sunrise, and I think my car could drive itself there at this point and by the time I did get there the fog had lifted by the water. You can see how drastically it changed from beginning to end as the clouds rolled over, and as I do every time I watch the sun rise over the horizon I feel so thankful to live close enough to get in my car, early, to be witness to another day...just not something I am willing to take for granted. My happiness doubled too as I saw the man in the boat, hoping he might look back and recognize me too. Life has a way of nudging us to go do something, I'm glad I listened . . .

Wishing you all the most blessed Thanksgiving, filled with much gratitude and love!!

"Gratitude bestows reverance, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those
transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world." - John Milton

Love, Kim

sharing with Texture Tuesday, Photo Art Friday


Janet Bocciardi said...

I'm so glad you got up! ;) Always love seeing those pilings... and that the birds are always there to greet the sunrise with you.

Happy Thanksgiving dear friend!

Gina @ Kleinworth & Co. said...

Simply stunning!!!!!!!

Silvina Soave said...

Esta serie de imágenes es maravillosa, un gran trabajo!! Abrazos.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

These are all beautiful and it sounds like an adventure. I hate sleepless nights or nights with wierd dreams ...

Linda said...

So pretty! As a fellow sunrise lover, I know just how you feel about seeing them! I still gasp out loud at the sight of them! I really love yours over the water. There's something so special about those!


Kia said...

AWEsome, well done!

Deanna said...

Glad you were super persistent in getting down to the water to take these wonderful shots. I have much less than 55 miles to get to Lake Michigan but it would be fighting that early morning commuter traffic that stops me dead. I am picking a fav out of this group...7:23 AM...just something about those soft colors appeals to me. Love them all, but 7:23 is my fav. Happy Thanksgiving, dear, dear friend.

Kathryn said...

Isn't it funny that often when we persevere we get our rewards. Gorgeous images. Wishing you and your family an amazing Thanksgiving.

Brenda said...

Had to smile at your series of misfortunes and almost-mishaps which led you to capture these amazing shots. How lucky we are to experience this gorgeous sunrise with you. Worth it all! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Dotti said...

Wow, Kim! I'm sure glad you decided to stick with it. These sunrise shots are awesome! I'm so jealous ... nowhere near me produces sunrises remotely like this. I have to rely on my one week a year at the beach. Even then I struggle to get up. So happy I can live vicariously through your magnificent sunrises!


Janet said...

Stunning! Just stunning! can't get enough of sunrise/sets...

Jeanne said...

Getting these shots is definitely worth no sleep kim! Awwesome!!! Have a wonderful thanksgiving!

Currie Silver said...

such a glorious series, Kim!! I love how you tell the story and even more how it unfolds through your eyes.

I am ready for a nap [since I woke up at 4 today and I am NOT EVEN DOing the Thanksgiving thing] BEcause for me it's just feeling nap-ish today!! like your love affair with the sunrise, I have one with the early hours BEfore and through dawn. I sometimes wake up every hour from 11 til 3-something just to see if I can get up yet!! Seriously... ;~D

I love each step of this and the guy in the boat, oh, how grand to see him again!!

Sweetest of Thanksgivings to you, Kim.

Linda R said...

Amazing shots.. What a gorgeous view.

I know all about those hot flashes waking me up in the middle of the night. NO FUN at all..


Nancy Claeys said...

I haven't had a good night's sleep since the *M" word -- such is life.

These images are beautiful!

Liz said...

Absolutely stunning!!
I would love to be able to drive myself to the bay (only 20 mins away) to capture another sunrise. I might have to wait until the days get shorter as sunrise is around 4:30am these days.

Lee Mitchell said...

Hi, I love the sunrise. Just getting up before dawn with a fresh cup of coffee and wandering out to the pier over-looking the bay water. I do this once or twice a year in Brunswick, GA and again on St. Simon's Island, GA along the Ga coast. The marshes are just beautiful, too. Thanks for the reminder in the dead of winter ... That "the sun also rises".
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