Ashoken on Fire
Shokan, NY - USA
Sometimes when you get up for sunrise things just don't pan out. Then the next time when the alarm goes off way too early, there is a little voice that runs through your head telling you it isn't worth it, and to just go back to sleep. The best way I have found to overcome this obstacle is a little accountability - when someone else is going to be waiting for you, you just have to suck it up and get out of bed. And honestly, I never regret getting up. The morning is always so calm and peaceful, the world seems still, and more often than not the sunrise (as well as the twilight, blue, and golden hours) gives you at least a little light show. On this particular morning, however, we got way more than we even could have hoped. In what was one of the most remarkable sunrises I have ever seen, the sky light up and stayed bright with remarkable colors for the better part of 40 minutes, of which Shannon, Kathy, Scott, and I ran around frantically, trying not to kill ourselves on the loose rock, taking photos from as many possible places as we could. It makes me wonder about all of those mornings that I don't make it out, and the fact that I will never know what I missed.