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.
I decided to start my morning early at a location I’ve been watching for a long time now. I see it everyday on my commute to work through all the season. The Wabasha Street bridge, the wonderfully constructed expanse between the levee to the South and downtown St. Paul to the North, is one of my new favorite sunrise locations. Beautiful light and plenty of interesting scenes to work with. Here are a few of the gorgeous sights I witnessed Saturday morning before the RWPC‘s trip to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.
I lovely gem positioned atop the bluffs between Maiden Rock and Stockholm. Maiden Rock Bluff State Natural Area extends nearly a mile along and above Hwy 35 and Lake Pepin boasting some amazing views from the bluff’s edge as well as the prairie grass areas. A word of caution when near the bluff’s edge – be careful! The grass can be slippery and there are stumps of various size all over the place that can trip you up. If you were to trip or slip…you may roll or you may fall, but you would very likely go splat – and that wouldn’t be good. The RWPC group managed to traverse the terrain without incident.