Duck – Duck – Grey Dock
There is something about a sunrise, but a Winter sunrise has a little something more. It is a special time of day when the first light begins to illuminate the landscape around you. The morning blush. You hope for just the right amount of clouds for the sun to play with. I can never get enough of the soft pastel hues before the sun rises. It keeps me coming back for more, time and time again. In the Winter over a frozen lake with no snow at all, when the sun comes up and blazes it rays upon all of that ice…be prepared to be amazed. It’s like thousands of little diamonds twinkling in the warm sunny glow. It is quite spectacular; I’ll trade sites like this for sleeping in anytime.
A special thanks to my photo companions of the day, Linnae Carlson and Cynthia Mackowick. Always a pleasure shooting with you two lovely ladies.
Oh my…if you’ve never been, I highly recommend a visit to Great River Bluffs State Park. I was here earlier in the Fall color season, but was met with 30 mph winds and side-ways rain. If you like beautiful panoramas of some gorgeous Mississippi River scenery this is a must see destination. If you take a look at the park map – I hiked out to the Hill of Many Timbers, North and South Overlook (by campground), and took a shot from the overlook right off the road. I ran a bit short on time (I saw the sun setting in the distance and realized I was nowhere close to a good vantage point) and did not get out to Kings Bluffs, but I am sure that location is equally as picturesque…another time perhaps. I raced back towards Winona, Wabasha, and Lake City in hopes of shooting some of the sunset; I was somewhat successful.