It’s not often I wake up early enough to see the dawn. I usually work late into the night, because I find that’s when I can gather my thoughts and be at my most productive — when I’m alone, the noises of the day have subsided and the only sounds I hear are the reassuring churning of the hard drive platters in my Drobo and my own breath.
When I do manage to wake up early (or work through the night and into the dawn), I get these gorgeous, glorious views of the Earth waking up as that huge fireball called the Sun starts to light things up. Mind you, I’m not talking about the sunrise. It’s the dawn, also known as the daybreak. It’s when the darkness of the night starts to fade away and shapes begin to form out of the mist. It’s when things unseen become seen.
I thought I’d publish a gallery of various photos I’ve taken in recent years of the dawn. Some of the photos are from places where I’ve lived, others are from places I visited and most are from the road. My wife and I would often just get in our car and drive to some town where we had business in the middle of the night, so we’d be there in the morning. The roads were quiet and it was an experience unto itself to be in the middle of nowhere, our car a capsule of civilization and warmth in an otherwise cold place at a cold time, its headlights eyes, peering out into the darkness and making sense of it. Now that we have a small daughter, there’s no night driving. We’re too exhausted. We’re happy to take any and all sleep we can get. Which is what I’m going to do after publishing this post, because it’s way past midnight here.
This gallery isn’t exhaustive, it’s a work in progress (I hope I’m around for a long, long time to capture countless more dawns on bits and bytes) but I think it’s beautiful to look at and I hope you do too. Enjoy!
First snowfall of the 2010-11 winter, Medias, Romania.
Near the city of Brasov, Romania. The dawn sun is flooding the distant valley (just behind the peak in the foreground) with a lot of golden light. Meanwhile, the portion of the road where I stand is still covered in shadows.
A hillside on the outskirts of Tulcea, Romania, blanketed in soft fog.
Somewhere in South Carolina, on I-95. Life and travel are often alike, aren’t they? If you don’t stop to look around, things pass you right by.
A colorful sky at dawn on a crisp and cold January morning.
Hilltops in the distance, somewhere between Fiser and Rupea, Transilvania, Romania.
Dawn, Grosvenor Park.
There was a gas station right behind me when I took this photo.
We’d been driving through the night and stopped to get gas somewhere in North or South Carolina. The station was closed and so were the pumps.
I paused to take a few photos. I stood the camera on the roof of the car and exposed this scene for a little over a second.
It was mid-winter. I was thoroughly frozen and my teeth were clanking by the time I got back into the car.
Sandpipers pace the beach at dawn. Hollywood, Florida, USA.
Bridge over Intracostal Waterway, early morning long exposure, Hollywood, Florida, USA.
Winter at its best. Snow everywhere, clear blue sky.
Somewhere in the Carpathian Mountains, about 50-60 km from the city of Brasov, in Transilvania, Romania.
Lacul Bicaz and the surrounding mountains, as seen from the pension Vila Ecotour, in the village of Ceahlau, Moldova, Romania.
A long, straight road, lined with poplar trees and covered in fog. Somewhere in Dobrogea, Romania.
Morning sky at sunrise.
Dawn starts to color the sky in our neighborhood. Taken right from our apartment’s terrace in North Bethesda, MD.
Long exposure looking out over the Intracostal and A1A.
Mt. Prislop at night, about 2 am, Bucovina, Romania.
A bright orange sky above distant mountain peaks signals a new day, while a winding road descends slowly into the fog-covered valley below.
Shore, Intracostal Waterway, early morning, long exposure. Hollywood, Florida, USA.
Mt. Prislop at night, Bucovina, Romania.
Dawn, January morning, Grosvenor Park.
Above Pisa and Livorno, Italy. Not an ideal photo but the dawn colors were wonderful.
Daybreak, Grosvenor Park.
Daybreak, Grosvenor Park.
Antennae and trees, morning fog.
The Tulcea Monument, early morning.
Dawn sky, Grosvenor Park.
This marks the third year in a row that I publish photos of flowers from our garden. It’s gotten to be somewhat of a tradition. These beautiful flowers are a source of joy for us and I hope that by sharing them with you, some of that joy brightens up your day as well.
This year, we’re particularly happy about our tulips. Ligia loves collecting various tulip bulbs and seeing the beautiful flowers they make each year. You’ll see a number of parrot and ruffled tulips among our photographs. I counted rococo, black parrot, apricot parrot, silver parrot and a very special bloom which I call striped peppermint, which I chose as the featured image for this post.
I freely admit I am a novice when it comes to flowers and botany, so please correct me if I made any mistakes with the names of the tulips.
I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and to share a few Christmas scenes from my house, taken today. Featured below is our little angel Sophie, who’s going to turn 2 in just a few short months.
I took these photos back in June in our garden. The apricots weren’t yet ripe but almost all of the flowers were in bloom. Ligia and I took daily walks in the garden, which is something we still love to do. The raspberries were ripe and I ate a handful every morning while they were in season. Enjoy the photos!
There’s a majestic beauty in these mountains that’s much more appreciated if you walk on them, rather than drive through on the Transfagarasan or the Transalpina. Their scale is easily underestimated from the car, until you step outside and size yourself next to a peak that seemed small just a minute ago, or you start climbing it and quickly run out of breath. Physical fitness aside, the overwhelming feeling when you’ve immersed yourself in their environment is one of awe and respect.
Who says we can only look at spring photographs in the spring? On my site, in this little virtual world I’ve created, spring comes whenever I want it, and now’s a perfect time for it. Here’s a set of photos of spring flowers, with a heavy concentration of daffodils. And if you’d like to see even more such gorgeous photos, see this post. Enjoy!
A little over four years after publishing the first series of photographs from the National Arboretum in Washington, DC, here’s part two, containing a mix of photos from the outside gardens and various enclosed ones, including the Bonsai Exhibit.
Selected photos from the set are highlighted below and you can find all of them by going through the gallery posted at the bottom. Enjoy!