Love the Morning Light

The Lens-Artist Photo Challenge this past week has been focused on “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” from Anne. I’ve been slow to get my post together because of a busy week that include cataract surgery on my first eye. But I found time to go through my files for some of my favorite photos taken in the morning light while on photo shoots down dirt roads.

Some of my photos were taken in June – meaning that the time inprint on the photos of 5:45 am was accurate. The sun comes up early in Michigan at that time of year. The sun’s allure is pretty strong to get me up at 5:30 to catch those first rays of gold.

I had great fun watching some swans on a small inland lake doing their equivalent of our morning shower. Look for the feathers floating on the water as they preen.

Capturing the Setting Light

 

_DSC0078We see and I photograph lots of sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico because we are only a few minutes from the beach. This brings me joy because during our summers in Michigan we only see the afterglows of sunsets because of the trees growing around us.

I was excited when I learned that the botanical garden will be open late on Wednesdays so people can watch the sun set over the natural preserve area of the garden. A couple of weeks ago Jim and I went for a stroll through the garden and had supper at the Fog Cafe. I had great fun exploring how the landscape catches the late day sun, so different than how it catches the early morning sun during my normal Tuesday morning visits.

 

 

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Mt. Edith Covell

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On our last day in Jasper National Park we debated about whether to go to Mt. Robson (a very beautiful mountain peak that we had visited before), the Columbia Ice Fields (would drive by there on following day), or Mt. Edith Covel. We chose the later because it was the closest but still a long enough drive to make it a full days trip.

As in many cases, the drive to the mountain doesn’t take you to the mountain, but to an adjacent mountain with a good view. We had read the park literature from our previous trip to the area that said that travel trailers weren’t allowed on the road and trucks over 21 ft. long couldn’t navigate the switch-backs. Our truck was too long – but when we picked up newer literature we found out that they had done some repaving and trucks up to 25 feet are now allowed.

We pulled off onto the road leading up to the look-out. The road was narrow and the curves sharp – 15 km/hr translates to a crawl in miles/hour.

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The road was carved out of the mountain side so there were no shoulders to pull off for photos – all had to be taken out the window of a moving vehicle. And the mountains came down to the road and overlapped so it didn’t seem like there was a way through.

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The driver doesn’t look around on this road – in fact I frequently felt like Jim wouldn’t be able to make it if I, the passenger, took my eyes off the road.

The road wove its way higher and higher

We saw raging rivers and strange rock formations that I longed to explore with my camera but there was no stopping on our way up.

Down became deeper and deeper.

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And around the next curve was the parking lot. More to come – stay tuned.

Sunday Calm: A Place to Rest

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What a beautiful tree! This was taken as I was leaving the boardwalk at the CREW Bird Rookery Swamp Trails that is northeast of Naples in southwest Florida.

May you find peace, calm, and rest on this Sunday.