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New Day Begins in the Desert

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I made it a point to get up early to photograph the sun rising over the Santa Catalina Mountains that tower over Tucson, Arizona.

The evening before I had captured one of the most dramatic sunsets I’ve seen in the desert. I was hoping to get an equally colorful sunrise.

It didn’t work out that way. The conditions that had made for such a dramatic sunset were not present in the early morning hours. There was barely any color at all.

Still there is something about watching the dawning of a new day that is inspirational.

There were birds chirping and singing as the desert came to life. I didn’t need a colorful sky to feel good.

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Up With the Sun in the Desert

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For most of my life I was never an earlier riser, particularly when I didn’t need to be. But in recent years that has changed.

Consequently, I’m seeing more sunrises than I once did. During a trip to Arizona more than a year ago I got up before sunrise to make this series of images of the sun rising over the Santa Catalina Mountains northeast of Tucson.

It was not as dramatic as the sunset I had seen the previous evening, but I still enjoyed seeing the rising sun color the clouds over the mountains and hearing the birds chirping as a new day began in the Sonoran Desert.

Arizona Sunrise

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Sunrise and sunset images typically feature the sun. But it doesn’t always have to be that way. In this series, the rising sun is nowhere to be seen, but its rays are casting their warm glow on the rocks of the Santa Catalina Mountains surrounding Tucson, Arizona, as el sol makes is ascent over the horizon.

The mountains are dramatic enough at any time of day, but look a little more colorful during the small window of early sunrise. I also liked the contrast between light and shadows that this time of day presents.

It’s Gonna Be a Great Day

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I’m heading eastbound in the pre-darkness hours on U.S. Route 22 east of Pittsburgh.¬† Somewhere beyond Blairsville, Pennsylvania, I got a glimpse of the sun rising over the Allegheny Mountains.

My destination was central Pennsylvania for an all-day fall foliage photography outing.

It was one of the more colorful sunrises that I’ve seen and I had to pull over where I could get a clear view. I’m glad I did because it got the day off to a good start.

That Warm Red Glow of Sunrise

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Think of a sunrise or a sunset and what probably comes to mind is an image of the sun.

Yet some of the most interesting sunrise and sunset images I’ve made didn’t feature the sun at all.

Such is the case with this image of sunrise over the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona.

The early morning light and its warm glow has turned the rocks into a fiery red color. It won’t be long before all of this mountain moves out of the shadows and into the early morning light.

Trace of Clouds at Sunrise

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I had arisen early to photograph the sun rising over the Santa Catalina mountains east of Tucson, Arizona.

I was hoping for something as dramatic as I had recorded the night before at sunset. It would not turn out that way, but was still worth the effort.

A sliver of clouds catches the early morning sunlight. It will be a few minutes before the sun climbs over the mountains.

The desert can be a place of extreme contrasts. Later on this day the temperature would climb into the 90s. But at the moment that I made this image, it was cold enough to wear a jacket.

Up Early to Catch the Sunrise

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I made it a point during a stay last October at a bed and breakfast outside of Tucson, Arizona, to get up early to catch the sun rising over the Santa Catalina Mountains.

The view wasn’t as colorful or spectacular as the sunset I had photographed from the same location the night before.

But it was a nice view nonetheless. It was quite cool in the desert. It might be in the 90s during the daytime, but the air cools rapidly after sunset.

There was a small wisp of clouds over the mountains that caught the early  morning light. The air was still aside from a few birds chirping away.

It was one of those moments I won’t soon, if ever, forget.