Autumn Magic Part 1: Red Sunrise

By , October 3, 2010

As September drew to a close, and October began, we had a string of magical events on the homestead. The morning of October 1st we had a beautiful sunrise. What a great way to start the morning of one’s 50th birthday!

sunrise over the Coast Range

Red sky at morning may be a warning, but that doesn't make it any less beautiful! (Photo: Mark Zeiger).

sunrise on LC Mountain

"L.C." Mountain sunrise (Photo: Mark Zeiger).

Coast Range sunrise

The view farther down the Coast Range (Photo: Mark Zeiger).

Haines sunrise

"The Mountain with No Name" (Photo: Mark Zeiger).

Haines sunrise

Approaching actual sun up (Photo: Mark Zeiger).

Coast Range sunrise

Looking down Lynn Canal again (Photo: Mark Zeiger).

Katzehin sunrise

Looking north toward the Katzehin Delta (Photo: Mark Zeiger).

Last morning light

The last of the red sunrise, before it changed completely (Photo: Mark Zeiger).

These are the images. I wish I could give you the whole experience: the magnification of the peaks the camera can’t capture, the feel and aroma of the soft morning breeze, the bright quarter moon hanging too high in the sky to be included in the photos, the pleasure of watching all of this with a big mug of fresh, hot coffee.

After taking these photos, I set up a tripod, mounted the camera, and set its interval timer. In the time it took me to set the timer—maybe 30 seconds or so—low clouds blew across the valley between the peaks, blocking the red sunlight and completely changing the view. Like cut flowers, the sight was even more precious for its transitory nature—there to be enjoyed for only a few brief moments before disappearing forever.

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