Sometimes, the best part of the sunrise happens after the first colors start to fade. Learn to wait for what might come next. #fmfparty #improveyourphotography #write28days #blogger #instagrammer #photogrpahy #DSLR #camera #selfcare #writingchallenge

Sometimes, the best part of the sunrise happens after the first colors start to fade. Learn to wait for what might come next.

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Sometimes, the best part of the sunrise happens after the first colors start to fade. Learn to wait for what might come next. #fmfparty #improveyourphotography #write28days #blogger #instagrammer #photogrpahy #DSLR #camera #selfcare #writingchallenge

Sunrise at Glacier National Park

“Want to get up early tomorrow morning and shoot photos of the sunrise?” I asked my friend Julie as we sat around the campfire.

“That sounds like fun,” she said. “What time were you thinking?”

“Let’s leave around 5:45 and drive over towards Many Glacier Hotel. Maybe we’ll catch something pretty.”

With only a few days left of outdoor school at Glacier National Park, I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity to take photos. I knew Julie had a keen interest in photography, and I knew better than to go out alone in bear country.

The next morning, we arrived at the parking lot for Many Glaciers Hotel just as the sky started to lighten. We shivered as we walked around looking for the perfect spot to set up. I had done no advance scouting and didn’t even know for sure where the sun would make its appearance.

I picked a likely spot on a bridge spanning Swiftcurrent Creek, a mid-sized stream that tumbled over rocks on its way down towards Lake Sherburne. As luck would have it, I picked a good spot. After twenty minutes of beautiful sunrise color, Julie decided to go into the lodge to find coffee and a bathroom.

I had found an American Dipper bobbing in and out of the current like a freshwater penguin. Despite my love of coffee, I decided to hang around until the light got good enough to capture pictures of the bird.

Not three minutes after Julie left, the sky took on a radioactive red hue that reflected off the tumbling water and lit up the wet rocks from within. I pulled my phone out to call her but had no service.

Wait for It

I snapped furiously, hoping to catch the spectacular sunrise with my puny skillset. Just as the last radioactive red colors faded from the sky, Julie returned with two steaming cups of coffee.

“I’m so sorry,” I told her as she handed me a cup.

“I missed it, didn’t I?” she shook her head. “I saw the sky change just as I entered the lodge, but my bladder insisted I go inside.”

“And I tried calling you,” I told her, “but I had no cell service.”

“It’s ok,” she said. “I guess I learned my lesson.”

“What do you mean?”

“When you think a sunrise is over, wait around and see what happens next.”

Her words stayed with me, and I’ve discovered they apply equally well to life. In my rush and bustle to get on to the next thing, I often miss the last, amazing dredges of beauty, grace, or inspiration.

All I need to do is learn to wait for it.

Come Back Tomorrow

Come back tomorrow for tips on shooting better sunrise photos!

Sometimes, the best part of the sunrise happens after the first colors start to fade. Learn to wait for what might come next. #fmfparty #improveyourphotography #write28days #blogger #instagrammer #photogrpahy #DSLR #camera #selfcare #writingchallenge

28 Comments

  1. “When you think a sunrise is over, wait around and see what happens next.”

    This is wonderful! I love the imagery of lingering to experience the best. Some of my sweetest moments with my kids come when I slow down and linger. Some of my deepest spiritual insights come from praying and listening just a little longer.
    I’ve had the same experience with writing breakthroughs. When I think I’m done, I write just a little longer and some of my best work comes to the surface.

    Thank you for this!

  2. The shy desert corona peeks
    above the eastern hills,
    celestial MD who seeks
    to cure our earthly ills
    with his glow of morning light
    that spills across the plain,
    and I truly wish he might
    stop, and just remain,
    for the blessed light of day
    doth magnify the soul,
    and the warmth of ev’ry ray
    heals and maketh whole
    those who languished in the dark,
    on whom the devil left his mark.
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  3. My parents honeymooned at Glacier National Park. Thank you for a glimpse of its beauty! I’ve never been there. I love that you were able to stay and catch the full glory of the sunrise. Thank you for the reminder to pause before going to the next thing too quickly. Great photograph! I need to pull out our good camera and take some pictures too.
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  4. “…the sky took on a radioactive red hue that reflected off the tumbling water and lit up the wet rocks from within.”
    I can so envision this! I’ve visited the Glacier Nation Park, and grew up in the Adirondacks, so your words painted a very vivid picture in my head!

  5. Waiting is a good discipline to develop! My window faces west, and I often “miss” the actual moment of the sunrise because I’m either driving hubby to or from work, or I’m in my room. But once the sun is over the horizon, it’s quite a treat to see the western sky start to light up and the day begin. Loved this post and its lesson!

    Visiting from FMF#40

  6. Gosh I loved reading this. I visited GNP back in August. Walked 15 miles to see the Grinnell glacier. It was worth every step. Happy FMF. P.S. your photos are beautiful. 🙂

  7. Ahhhh – learning to be patient and wait right now in this very season I find myself in. It is so tough some days. Thank you for the reminder to stick around. The beauty is so close…I won’t go in for coffee!

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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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