December 21

Lower Harbor Breakwall at 8:30am


Sunrise from Lower Harbor Breakwall, Marquette, MI

Sunrise 355 of 365

  • Sunrise time: 8:30
  • Azimuth: 124°
  • Did the sun rise: Yes
  • Was the sun visible: Nope

Weather

Observed from nearest station 0.09 miles away

  • Temperature: 34 ºF
  • Felt like: 27 ºF
  • Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
  • Wind: 8 mph
  • Visibility: 10.0 mi
  • Humidity: 88%

Exposure

  • 85mm
  • f/22.0
  • 30 sec
  • 50

Location

Lower Harbor Breakwall, Marquette, MI

46° 32' 39" N, -87° 22' 44" W

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Musings [413 words]

Some people trade stocks. Some people clean kitchens. I watch sunrises.


Me: I’m photographing every sunrise of 2019.

[REDACTED]: What about when the sun isn’t visible?

Me (in my head): What part of every don’t you understand?

Me (actually): There’s still a sunrise.

So let’s talk about the gray sunrises. It seems like an appropriate morning for that. Today marks a streak of ten days without seeing even a glimmer of sunshine at sunrise.

Imagine eating vegetables every day for ten days straight, and nothing more. And the next morning you have a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. That ice cream is probably going to be an incredible experience. For the time being that’s the best analogy I’ve got.

When you’re out there every morning seeing nothing but gray, you feel your earned that next sunny day. It hits you harder, you were present for all the gray days, and you weren’t out there only when it was a beautiful sunrise.

When it comes to vegetables, I need to eat more of those so I can appreciate my ice cream more. As I eat a whole lot of that.

The gray mornings are difficult. Is a pink and purple sunrise inherently better than a gray day? Absolutely not. Is it usually more inspiring? Ok, yeah, usually.

It’s incredible what you find when you google “Lake Superior sunrise”. This is incredibly unrepresentative of what a Lake Superior sunrise usually looks like. Is Google’s job to provide the most jaw-dropping photo results, or is there job to provide the most honest and authentic conent?

This project takes an honest look at the sunrise, more journalistic and less ficiton.

Life has a lot of gray days. We’re all facing some type of adversity, and it’s those challenges that make the incredible days so incredible. Embrace the gray.

“Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary.” – Henry David Thoreau 

This isn’t the first time I’ve used this quote. And this post still gives way too much credit to the mornings we see on Google Image searches.

This is also very much what a Lake Superior sunrise looks like.

Anyway… this will all be polished at some later day. Maybe. Hopefully.

Writing at the shop with customers walking in is much more difficult than being at the coffee shop with headphones in.

Outtakes

Fuel more Sunrises

There is plenty more to come from Year of the Sunrise. You can always add a cup of coffee to keep me going strong in the mornings, or a tank of gas to get me to some new places, as the sun keeps rising.