Spring, 1970. We spent the night at our family cottage by the sea. Restless, we got up before the sun, hiked across a sand beach and across cliffs for two miles down the coast to a private cove to watch the sun rise out of the ocean. When you’re waiting, anticipating, it takes forever. I remember our thick sweaters, the dew forming on them in the damp morning air, and the waves washing into the cove. I remember waiting. She was a good sport.
Finally, the sun came, a fiery spark, red-orange flooding the sea with light. At dawn, the sea darkens the moment the sun breaks the horizon. Everything darkens. Islands and boats become silhouettes. The sky holds the sun and the sun races up the sky; finally, the sun breaks free one diameter then two. At the third diameter, we headed back to the cottage. We had scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and orange juice back at the cottage with the family. – R.H.P
Sunrise at the ocean is often Madeira-citrine-orange. There are certain memories that stay with us forever, often when there is a measure of challenge, adversity, or discomfort.
We wait, we plan, we save… we book our place by the sea in our sixty days of northern summer. Or, we find somewhere in frozen February to the far, far south: a coral reef, a pink beach, or a blue pool to sit next to. And what we’re really looking for in any of these places is blue sky and a full warm yellow sun. Yes, you might say we dream.
Sunrise by the Sea, it’s t-shirts, shorts and sandals. It’s fresh air, sand and surf. It’s time together; time to play, to rest, relax, and restore.
I’m watching the sky, it’s coming, I’m not looking at my watch. Watching the horizon line… ocean is black, the sky is building, gaining color. I’m watching with my eyes, not by the time, therefore I can see what actually happens. The sea captures color from the sky, waves roll in carrying the color with them. The sun is not here yet. I can see the horizon burning, no sun, no spark yet. The air is heating up. The sea is getting darker. I’m waiting for the sun to come. – R.H.P
I wake; I roll over, open one eye, I can see the light through the curtain, morning is coming. I want to be at the shore when the sun breaks the horizon. I ask myself why: this is the longest day of the year. The sun comes up earlier this morning than any other day. The sun will be as far left on the ocean as it can get and I’m looking to get a shot from the stand up cave at crystal cove. I need to get up to be there when the sun hits the horizon. – R.H.P
Every morning I walk to the mailbox to pickup the newspaper. I catch dawn on my way back to the house. These are four shots catching hammock, sea and rising sun.
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