That Magical Half Hour

Dawn is my favorite time of day; the nocturnal wild creatures scratching out a living on the margins of the city are still out-and-about and the inevitable hum of human activity has yet to begin. With the longer days of summer, my commute gets me out the door after sunrise, so I’ve been really missing that magical half hour just before the day starts. I rose early this morning, and as the city slept, I rode to one of my favorite spots to watch the sunrise. It was worth the effort.

4 Responses to “That Magical Half Hour”

  • Derrick says:

    Sunrise on the bike is what made me fall in love with commuting 4 years ago. There’s a certain season in the fall that I pedal straight towards the sunrise for my entire 45 minute commute. It’s a perfect way to start the day before work. It’s truly one of the most beautiful things about life on a bike.

  • ksteinhoff says:

    Photographers call the hour after dawn and the hour before sunset the Golden Hour for good reason: the long angle of the light emphasizes detail and the tones are warm.

    Having said that, I have to confess that I’m not a morning person. I’d see the sun rise only if I had an assignement at that hour or if I had been up all night and was catching sunrise from the back side.

    When I judged photo contests I always awarded a higher score to sunrises than sunsets.

    My wife and I went to White Sands in March. We hit part of the dunes at mid-day and were impressed. I went back just before sunset and saw an entirely different place.

    (Note to self: get busy and get those posted. I put up a placeholder, but never finished the project. )

  • Kevin says:

    I have to admit, it’s been awhile since I’ve been up to see the sunrise. It is, undoubtedly, a very refreshing feeling.

    P.S: I love that photo!

  • dave says:

    in case I forget, you’ve got a fantastic blog. Thanks – I appreciate being able to visit.

    And I really got get one of those Civias. Go recovery.

    And oh yeah – you should see the sun rise over the blue ridge, especially in winter.

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