Soft fall sunrise

 

 

 

 

There were patches of fog in the lower lying areas on this crisp fall morning.  As I drove south on Highway 77 in the Upper Peninsula the sun glowed brightly through the fog where it was thinner.  I stopped to take some photos.  I really liked how the warm brightness graduated to the cool blue sky where the fog was even thinner, and the trees were silhouetted as they fade into the distance. 

On Highway 77 near Green Haven, MI
September 29, 2017
Nikon D90

Morning over Hessel Marina boat launch

Morning over Hessel Marina boat launch

Very few boats at the Marina this time of year.  As I walked by the boat launch I noticed how the morning sun was directly aligned above the walkout and both could be centered in the composition between the sides of the launch.

October 25, 2016          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90

Before the sunrise (2)

Before the sunrise (2)

Looking at the dawn across the beach and pier I liked the soft glow of the lamps on the beach and walkway in the foreground, giving way to the darkness that’s out of reach, the green bench highlighted in seclusion under the lamp on the pier, then the beautiful colors in the pre-sunrise sky.  The clouds added texture and a bit of drama to the sky as they reach across my view.

February 21, 2016          Luna Pier, MI          Nikon D90

Before the sunrise (1)

Before the sunrise (1)

One of my favorite spots for sunrises is Luna Pier, on Lake Erie close to the Ohio border.  They recently added this mock lighthouse that enhances the quaint Michigan feel to the already nicely kept pier and beach.  I came out expecting to catch some good sunrise color and cloud textures (from looking at Weather.com the night before) and was not disappointed.  As soon as I parked my Jeep I took the opportunity to catch this view of the lighthouse with the dawn’s early glow behind it.

February 21, 2016          Luna Pier, MI          Nikon D90

 

Sandhill cranes sunrise flight (5)

Sandhill cranes sunrise flight (5)

Sandhill cranes migrate south every fall, making the Michigan Audobon Haehnle Bird Sanctuary one of their stopping points.  Thousands of sandhills begin to chatter, a few in the distance to the left, some more to the right, even before the sun rises on this cold morning.  In small groups, they begin their day’s journey, many of them heading for a breakfast stop in nearby fields before continuing.  These three cranes were at the front of their small pack.  I followed them with my camera from when I first saw them far across the marsh in front of me and as they crossed the sky to my left, catching them just as they flew behind some trees.

November 14, 2015           Michigan Audobon Haehnle Bird Sanctuary, northeast of Jackson, MI          Nikon D90

Morning mist on the bay (3)

Morning mist on the bay (3)

After packing up to head back home, I stepped out onto the porch to take in the fresh morning.  To the west I could see mist rising off the bay.  It was exciting, something I don’t recall seeing in Hessel before, though I’m sure it happens anytime conditions are right.  I grabbed my camera and took some pictures, hoping to capture the feel of the scene.  The sun had yet to rise and the dawn light was beautiful.

October 10, 2015          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90

As the fog thins (2)

As the fog thins (2)

When we first got to this opening in Cades Cove, the fog was thick and we could barely see even an trace of the trees at the other end.  But seemingly in the next few minutes the fog began to thin out.  Gradually, the subtle colors, pastels, of the morning began to appear.  This picture captured the essence of what I saw and felt as the scene unfolded, the fog receding.  Not a necessarily “popular” image on the mainstream photo sites, but it’s one of my favorites.  Which, really, is what is more important to me.

April 26, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

As the fog thins (1)

As the fog thins (1)

When we first got to this opening in Cades Cove, the fog was thick and we could barely see even a trace of the trees at the other end.  But seemingly in the next few minutes the fog began to thin.  Gradually, the subtle colors, pastels, of the morning began to appear.  This picture captured the essence of what I saw and felt as the scene unfolded, the fog receding.  Not a necessarily “popular” image on the mainstream photo sites, but it’s one of my favorites.  Which, really, is what is more important to me.

April 26, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

Horses in the foggy pasture (2)

Horses in the foggy pasture (2)

In the morning fog, all was very quiet in this Cades Cove pasture except the occasional turkey gobble.  The horses further out being a bit hard, the trees even further almost invisible and all part of the mystic feel of the scene.

April 26, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

Horses in the foggy pasture (1)

Horses in the foggy pasture (1)

Early morning in Cades Cove, our last photo venture before driving home, we finally got the fog we wanted the entire trip.  The horses were out in the pasture, some like this one along the fence.

April 26, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90