Day 17 – Sunrise

Yesterday morning I had to leave my house at 5:45am.  Wow, that was really early!  It was still dark out and I was pretty upset that I had to get up so early.  Sometimes you just have to do things that you don’t really want to do, though.  I was rewarded for my efforts this time.  I was driving on the turnpike and had a great view of the eastern sky.  At first it was dark and grey with clouds.  Then, as I continued to drive the sun started to rise and it  painted the sky with beautiful pink streaks. Minute by minute the colors got more intense.  I was awestruck by the beauty.  And when that ball of fire emerged it was breath-taking.  I also noticed that if I turned my head slightly to the left or right the colors in the sky were totally different.  The pink was just close to the sun and beyond that it was grey with some blue sky peaking through.  I had two thoughts as I was witnessing this beautiful event:  1. I wanted everyone to experience this.  I recommend that you plan a day to get up early and go to a spot where you have a clear view of the eastern sky and sit and enjoy the show.  Include the whole family so no one misses the fun. 2. I knew I had to make a mosaic of the sunrise so I spent some time observing exactly what was going on around me.  I needed to remember the sky in front and around me and the other things that were in my field of vision – the road and how it met the sky in the distance, the trees on the sides of the road and as I mentioned, the sky on either side of the sunrise.  I concentrated on what I was seeing and intentionally noticed everything around me.  I don’t always do this but I’m glad I did.  I can remember the exact feeling of watching the sunrise.  I don’t know if I’m remembering exactly what I saw yesterday but I know I have the essence of it in my mind. 

I planned to create the sunrise mosaic yesterday but by the time I got home I was just too tired.  I decided it was important to create the mosaic today because even though I was concentrating intently and trying to burn the image on my brain, it always starts to fade a little after a few days.  I didn’t want to forget too much before I had a chance to recreate it in mosaics.

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