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Only If You Rise Early

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Sunrise over Hoover Reservoir

Sunrise over Hoover Reservoir

Another one of those mornings I did not feel like getting out of bed. Sometime during the night thunder and lightning woke me from sleep. At first I could hear the rumblings in the distance but quickly realized they were moving towards us. I snuggled in to my pillow and wondered if this meant I could have a morning of fog in the low lying areas and waterways. A grin appeared on my face as the rain started to tap against my bedroom window. Yep, I was going to rise early and see what nature would present.

The grin on my face was quickly removed when I peeked out the window and found very little fog. Oh well, I’m up so let’s go. Maybe I would find fog along the reservoir. I drove up to Hoover Reservoir and parked along the western shoreline near the docks. I had never been down here before but I had driven by and thought it may provide a nice place for a morning sunrise. I spent about 45 minutes shooting, exploring, taking it all in. No sun to be seen as it was hidden in clouds and nothing really grabbed me. Just as I neared the parking lot I noticed the sun breaking through the low lying clouds. I pulled the tripod off my shoulders and took my turn at pressing the shutter a few more times. While I downloaded the images I was again aware how these images only show up on my hard drive when I rise early.


Written by Monte Stevens

August 23, 2009 at 12:01 am

Posted in Sunrises

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  1. Monte, I struggle at the rolling out of bed moment but after I’m up and out with camera I seldom regret being there. But that doesn’t mean the decision to get up and out always wins. There’s some mornings I can’t make it happen. 🙂

    It looks like you were rewarded handsomely for your efforts on this particular morning.


    August 23, 2009 at 7:25 am

    • I’ve also noticed the getting up earlier stuff has something to do with aging. 🙂

      Monte Stevens

      August 23, 2009 at 2:22 pm

  2. The peace of the early morning hour is clearly visible.

    Steve Skinner

    August 23, 2009 at 10:36 am

  3. I think this was well worth waking up early for–as long as its you and not me awakening that early! Lol. I do love to catch a sunrise, but in the seasons of longer days, it becomes a bit of a challenge. In a few more weeks, the sun will be rising a little later and setting a little earlier, making those sunrises not so difficult for me.

    Have a great weekend, Monte.


    August 23, 2009 at 2:46 pm

  4. Then we expect some this winter season. LOL

    Monte Stevens

    August 23, 2009 at 3:00 pm

  5. Monte: What a great present. It is rare that I regret waking early, although of late, it seems to be really hard to do, especially in the summer when sunrise is at 5:30 AM. Now that sunrise has moved to about 6:50, it’s a little easier! I like to get where I’m going about 1 hour before sunrise and, somehow, 5:50 seems to be more reasonable than 4:50 AM! 🙂

    What a beautiful shot that you have there. It exemplifies the peace that I feel in the morning.


    August 23, 2009 at 7:44 pm

  6. I agree, Paul, one hour can make a big difference.

    Monte Stevens

    August 25, 2009 at 11:30 am

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