January 1, 2019

Whitefish Point at 8:24 a.m.

Sunrise Whitefish Point, Paradise, MI

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Whitefish Point, Paradise, MI

46° 46' 13" N -84° 57' 12" W

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
EF85mm f/1.8 USM


Today marks the seventh straight year of chasing down the first sunrise of the new year along the Great Lakes, and it might be the most remarkable yet. It was pretty close to a double rainbow moment.

It was a near sleepless night. Though I got to bed on time, I was too restless and eager to hit the road in the morning, leaving Marquette at 5AM.

Each year has brought in a slightly different purpose of keeping the tradition alive. This year, the wind burn at Whitefish Point was the slap in the face my soul needed, getting back to some of my roots with a little road trip, time outside, a few photos, and getting grounded.

Few things are as invigorating for my soul as weather that kicks your ass. I’m not sure it could have been classified as inclement, but the morning was brutally cold with the kind of wind off Lake Superior that leaves your face feeling like it had been slapped a dozen times. What I love, is it puts you wholly in the present moment because you’re either in awe or you’re battling to stay warm, keep dry, or not blow away. The windier, the wetter, the nastier, the easier it is to forget about bills that need to get paid or broken hearts that need to be mended.

And once under the cover of shelter, your spirit and soul is in clearer place.


For additional sunrise photos follow me on Instagram at both @BugsySailor and @UPSupplyCo. I won't be posting sunrises daily, but you'll certainly see some content you won't see here.

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