Sometimes being up before sunrise pays off. As evidence, I offer another image captured last Saturday morning (6/18/11).
This is a pre-sunrise view of the lighthouse and pier that extends into Lake Michigan at Kewaunee, WI. This was taken a little before 5 am. I was on the small beach just south of the pier.
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As soon as I got up this morning, I headed to the beach in Kewaunee, WI. I thought this might be a good morning for some sunrise photos of the Kewaunee’s lighthouse on the shores of Lake Michigan. I got plenty of good images.
In this shot, someone, on an early morning walk (shortly after 5 am) along the pier, stops to take in the beautiful sunrise. I’m not positive, but I think they had a camera and were taking pictures.
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The best part of waking up… The sky provided a blend of beautiful colors, layered from the red of the sun on the horizon to the blue, high in the early morning sky.
I made my way to the shore of Lake Michigan – to the Kewaunee, WI beach – to catch a 5:40 am sunrise on the morning of Saturday, April 30, 2011.
It’s interesting to see the different transformations that the sky goes through in the course of a half hour sunrise. For a different look of the same sunrise, see my previous post “Morning Beam.”
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I got up early last Saturday to take sunrise photos of the Kewaunee, WI lighthouse. This is a photo from the end of the shoot. The sun was up enough that it was out of the frame but you can’t miss it’s power by the prominent beam of light.
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This is a Sandhill Crane. They’ve recently migrated back to our area of Wisconsin. You know their back in the area long before you see one by their amazingly loud and irritating call. Sandhill Cranes are large birds, standing nearly 4 ft tall with a wingspan of 6 to 8 feet. (Learn more about Sandhill Cranes HERE)
These exotic birds have become common during the warmer months but are very difficult to photograph (at least, for me) because they are extremely shy. When you attempt to get close enough to capture a good image they flee.
This opportunity came by chance. I was driving home and noticed a pair of cranes grazing near the road a couple of hundred yards before my house. I drove by and turned around when I thought I was far enough away that I wouldn’t spook them. I got my camera out of the case and then headed back down the road. (I try to always keep my camera with me.)
I took this photo while driving with one hand holding the camera and one hand on the wheel. I was the only vehicle on the road and moved as slow as I thought I could without sending the birds to flight. Even at 30-mph, the cranes became agitated and started to move. They were out of range before I could circle back for another shot.
I will keep a lookout for more opportunities to capture Sandhill Cranes. If I succeed, you’ll see them on this blog.
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Of the seventy or so images you’ll find in my Flickr Photostream, this is the image that has been viewed and commented on the most.
This is a view of Lake Michigan at the the Algoma, WI beach on March 4, 2007. I was heading to the church early in the morning and stopped, as I often do, to snap a few pictures. It was at the tail-end of a snow storm and, though you can’t see it, snow was still blowing quite a bit. I remember it being miserable outside.
If you go to my Flickr Photostream, you can see this same image in B&W. (Click Here)
The panoramic view below – created by “stitching” several photos together – was captured the same morning.
On a cold, foggy morning I found these ice crystal spikes attached to the antenna of our car.
Though it looks like a Black & White image, this is actually a color photograph. The car is black, the frost is white and there didn’t happen to be any other colors in view.
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My wife and I had just settled in on the sofa to watch a DVD when I noticed some color in the sky out my living room window. I had to pause the video and run outside with my camera to capture a few frames of this beauty. A wider version from the same shoot is below.
About being left on the sofa in “pause” mode, my wife simply said, “I kinda thought this was going to happen.” She knows me well.
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