A morning sunburst of light is projected from behind the clouds. This was from behind our house in Palmetto Florida. I noticed these rays for several days in a row on account of the type of clouds, this time I was within reach of the camera. In fact I took this though an upper window, right through a glass pane. Normally that's not optimal but this time it worked out.
How can you not be happy when you see this? Its like a wake-up call from the sun itself, "time to get out of bed!".
I don't pull out my camera that often at home but this time I couldn't resist. We get equally awesome scenes in the evening in the other way, but there are just too many distractions with houses and such.
For some reason this reminds me of a corny TV commercial of a guy dressed in a sun costume. He's a hopelessly optimistic and talking about breakfast, I think it's an ad for Jimmy Dean breakfast food. In any case he ends up making everyone feel better.
Back to the real world. Now that we are all awake its time get up and get breakfast. I'm just say'in.
The sunrises and sunsets in the last week have been the stuff of dreams. That's because we are transitioning between seasons and thunderclouds are being replaced with wispy Stratus. This has had me a little stressed, as I've been too busy to get out, or more accurately, I've had really bad timing. By the time I notice its too late, or at least I think it is. All that aside, on this morning I grabbed my bag, still in my workout clothes and headed for the river. I stood out on this pier for a four-minute exposure of the sunrise over Bradenton.
What I find so fascinating is that the exposure shows the movement of the clouds which seem to travel in different directions depending on their altitude. I suppose a pilot or someone more acquainted with weather knows of the phenomena, but I'm a simple man and I get amazed by such things.
It was rush hour and the bridge was packed with traffic, but of course it doesn't show up on account of the length of the exposure.
So anyway, I managed to reduce a little stress by getting here on this morning, but there are many more times I have missed. I should be happy when I see a beautiful scene, but if I don't have my camera I end up wishing I did. I think that's a hazard of the occupation, as a photographer it's hard to turn off the need to capture and just enjoy the scene, unless of course I'm taking pictures. But I'm working on it and one day I'll be happy either way, with or without my camera.
The Sunshine Skyway is almost ten miles long and as you drive across you have great views of the sea and sky. When you are in your car it looks like you are driving into the sky. Maybe that's where it got its name, (that's just a guess on my part). On this morning I came to a little island on the northern stretch to take pictures.
In the summer the clouds form large columns that tower miles into the sky. When the sun is low on the horizon the light hits these columns at different angles depending on the elevation. What I notice is that the lower section of the cloud columns have warmer colors whereas those higher up tend to appear white. My guess is there are more particles in the lower atmosphere.
In Florida, when you see thunderclouds in the afternoon the variation in colors is hard to miss. In this image the clouds are about fifteen miles in the distance but you can still see the variation in colors.
This is another long exposure panorama. It's a thirty-second exposure that I took one morning just after dawn. I stitched two images to create the panorama. This vantage point is about ten minutes from home so it's an easy spot to get to. I had to cross the bridge to get here and then again to get back. I suppose that means I had my head in the clouds at least twice before breakfast. Not an unusual thing for me I suppose.