In the predawn darkness, the alarm jolts me awake on this chilly March morning. Less than a week after the switch to Daylight Savings Time, it's still a challenge to get up this early.
But the extra hour of morning darkness is welcome. For a few weeks, I don't have to get up as early to watch and shoot the sunrise.
I dress quickly, have a few bites of banana, grab the camera, and go.
no time to waste because the sky colors are constantly changing, my
first stop is a pedestrian bridge atop a hill, the highest spot nearby.
the sky is relatively clear, with some scattered clouds for dramatic
effect, a Seattle area sunrise (or sunset) is hard to beat. The jagged Cascade peaks to the east and the equally craggy, jagged Olympic Mountains to the west across Puget Sound frame a glowing, brilliant, sometimes subtle sky.
I snap a few quick shots (above), and then dash to the car and drive down to the edge of Puget Sound at Golden Gardens. Why would I go to a west-facing location to shoot a sunrise? For the alpenglow, a reddish glow seen on mountain summits across the horizon from the rising/setting sun.
With the reflected light of the sunrise to the east, the snowy peaks are aglow with orange-pink light. And it's not just the peaks; lingering clouds are also tinged pastel pink.
Not many are out this early on a weekday morning. It's just me and the seagulls plus a few joggers. Not a bad backdrop for a morning run.
Because it's my personal ritual to always touch the sea whenever I go to the beach, I crawl over some rocks down to the water's edge and dip my hand into the salty water.
And then it's off to get ready for the work day ahead, but not before pausing to appreciate the lovely spring blossoms overhead.
Because spring has arrived here in the Pacific Northwest.
Think about getting up early to welcome spring at the cusp of morning. I guarantee it's an invigorating way to start your day.
[Add-on a day later: Another spectacular sunrise today! Didn't have the camera, but the image of neon orange, gold, and pink layered with dark purple-blue clouds is seared in my mind.]