Sunday, June 7, 2009

Dawn's First Light



I took this photo in the early hours of a cool spring morning in the sleepy little harbor town of Grand Marais in Michigan's upper peninsula. I woke up to the purple darkness that paints the sky right before dawn, and stood by the harbor wrapped up in a light shawl, shivering slightly amidst the cold morning breeze, waiting for the break of dawn. Somewhere in the distant waters, I hear the mournful call of a lonely loon announce the arrival of morning. I watch mesmerized as dawn's first golden light pierces through the purple darkness of the skies, slowly turning night into day. A brilliant golden shimmer sweeps through the calm still waters of Lake Superior spreading one ripple at a time, as I stand entranced, watching the beauty of that early magic hour unfold in front of me.

~vagabond~ © 2009

23 comments:

bindu said...

gorgeous pictures! good to hear from you again.

Rajesh said...

Fabulous snaps. Too good to believe

Vamsee said...

You are finally back and with fantastic pictures. It is great to be out that early in the morning!

Blu said...

Beau, tres beau. Lovely pictures and narrative too. Hope all is well. Best wishes Blu.

Talking To My Soul said...

Scintillating pictures. Captures the stillness, tranquility and every bit of magic that the morning stands for. Very impressive. The words match the pictures...The vast spread of golden water is just mesmerising.

Good to see you again. Great.

*cheers*

ashes said...

Great clicks! Agree with Vamsee, it feels really great to be out that early!

navin said...

Amazing shots

Trotter said...

Hi Vagabond! Awesome!! It's wonderful to have always someone waking up early and taking these mmarvels for us to see... ;))

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alok said...

Wonderful!

Simply Amazing pics :)

Trevor Penn said...

Beautiful colors (2nd shot being my pick). They make me want to wake up early tom'row. The narration is fantastic. It adds great value to your photographs.

dolphin said...

sooper!

thanks for sharing.

mosilager said...

Love the early morning light! It's always worth it to be up at dawn.

Sony said...

i like the first rays of sunlight coloring the sky.

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Talking To My Soul said...

Heyyy, where are you? Missing your posts, lady?

Hope you are doing fine and well..

Bless you.

smiles

mystic rose said...

I love your blog! Both the pics and your writing. Please tell me... which camera?

Abhijit Dharmadhikari said...

Vega, the first shot is just amazing! I envy you:-)

flyingstars said...

Simply beautifully captured shots....love the colours and the moment!

~vagabond~ said...

@ Everyone:

Thanks for all of your kind comments. For still visiting my blog even when I was gone. I appreciate every single one of them.

~vagabond~ said...

@Bindu: Thanks...glad you liked them. :)

@Rajesh: You better believe it. ;)

@Vam: Yup...those early morning hours are sometimes the best part of the day.

@Blu: Merci beaucoup. :)

~vagabond~ said...

@ Soul: Thank you...glad you liked it...miss visiting your blog...will drop by soon.

@Ashes: Thanks! :)

@Navin: thank you! :)

@Trotter: Thanks for the compliment...I'm sure you're seeing some amazing sunrises too in all the different places you've been traveling to. :)

~vagabond~ said...

@Alok: Thanks...havent heard from you in a while. :)

@Trevor: Soooo? Did you wake up early the next day. Want to see your photos of dawn too. :)

@Dolphin: Thanks...and welcome to my blog :)

@Mosilager: Yup. It is worth the waking up groggy headed. :)

~vagabond~ said...

@Sony: Erm. Thanks? :)

@Soul: Thanks for visiting even when I was gone...am back now...hope you enjoy the new post.

@Mystic Rose: Glad you enjoyed the photos and thank you for your nice comment...I use a Nikon D50 (to be upgraded real soon) ;)

@Abhi: you envy me?!! ...i thought it's always the other way around. :)

~vagabond~ said...

@flying colors: thanks...and welcome to my blog! :)