Joy is a sunrise or a sunset…

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Someone once asked me what I prefered– a sunrise or a sunset. I suppose it depends on the day. I love sunrises, because they are a stunningly beautiful statement of a new day– a fresh start. I have a long commute to work and one of the rewards of leaving home at the ungodly hour that I do is when I get to witness an incredible explosion of colors in the eastern sky Countless times I have pulled over on the side of the tollway to try and capture the the streaks of color painting the morning sky.


One of my favorite photos that I have ever taken is of the sunrise over Lake Michigan from Illinois State Beach Park in Zion, Illinois. It was the first time I was joining a group of meet-up photographers. The organizer had given terrible directions to the meeting place and I was so worried that I was going to miss the actual sunrise trying to find the group. I ended up parking my car near the harbor and getting shots of the most spectacular sunrise I think I have ever seen. It was a cold fall morning and I had gotten up at 2:30 AM to get there in time. I have not done many sunrise shoots since then because I am skeptical that I will ever see one as beautiful as it was that morning.


Sunsets hold a special place in my heart, too, but for a much different reason. I have heard over and over again how beautiful the sunsets are in the Caribbean. While I have seen pretty sunsets in Jamaica and in the DR, nothing beats what we have on a regular basis right here in Illinois…or for that matter in Elgin. I am incredibly lucky that we have a beautiful pond with a walking path only a few minutes from our house. I can’t even count the number of times my husband has called me to tell me he is on his way home from work and mentioned how pretty the sky looked. Granted he was 25 miles away, but that never stops me from grabbing my gear, hopping in the car and racing over to the pond. I have made hundreds of pictures from that path. Of all the photos at my exhibit at the Martini Room this month, the favorite at my reception was the sunset from the Edgewater pond.


So whether it is the dawn on a beautiful new day or the stunningly gorgeous end to an already wonderful day, both sunrises and sunsets both bring me tremendous joy.


I hope to capture more of both in the future.


May your day be filled with joy!


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