Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The Magic of Winter Sunrises
Hello blog friends...sorry it's been a while since I've last posted. My computer died last week and I've been unable to post since then. Then, this morning, I realized that I had started this post a few weeks ago...and just had to add text!
A few weeks ago, during our cold snap, I captured the photo above and posted it on FaceBook...to which a few people mentioned how it seemed that the most beautiful sunrises always seemed to occur in winter.
It's true...at least here in Portland! For some reason, our low cloud cover, paired with relatively clear air (rather than the hazy atmosphere of summer), pair to make amazing sunrises!
When I lived downtown, especially, I'd often get up early and climb up to a high spot (Vista Bridge being a favorite), to roll the dice on whether the sunrise would be phenomenal...or a flop!
As the sun climbs over the horizon and lights the underside of low-lying clouds...magic happens!
The early wake-up call and cold hike always receded in importance at moments like this...it was always worth it.
On the other end of the spectrum were the more infrequent foggy mornings...which are my personal favorite.
Fog is unparalleled in it's ability to create an otherworldly atmosphere.
I especially love it when the forested hills are shrouded in ribbons of fog.
From above, the fog is a billowing, downy blanket...
...or a wild, roiling sea!
As the sun rises and the fog lifts...the sky smolders.
It makes for some very dramatic effects to even the most ordinary scenes.
And can transform even the plainest of objects...
...into temporary works of art!
As we approach the first day of winter this weekend, I hope you're taking time to enjoy the things that make winter so amazing...and, of course, if you live somewhere cold...stay warm!