Sea Oat Silhouette with Flaming Clouds at Sunrise

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Flame like sunrise over north beach of Fort De SotoFlame like sunrise over north beach of Fort De Soto – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/250, ISO 500, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 80mm, natural light

When I lived in Florida one of my great joys was to be at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach before the sun rose over the horizon and to be there even before the first bit of color touched the clouds. I’d sit alone and listen to the waves wash up on the shore in the darkness with my feet in the cool sand and breathe in the salty air. I did that to center myself and often times I’d feel at such peace that I almost didn’t want the day to begin.

Dawn would always would break and the sun always rose and if I was lucky I could witness a sunrise as colorful as the flames in a fire. It was a glorious way to start my day.

Life is good.

Mia

Image taken September 16, 2008.

2016-12-07T12:05:31+00:00October 13th, 2016|Categories: Florida, Fort De Soto County Park, Pinellas County|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Catherine October 24, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Nice capture of a magic moment.
    Energies are here, beauty, a promis of a wonderful and peaceful day Thank you Mia

  2. Elephant's Child October 13, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Yes. I too centre myself in the predawn. And rarely see a sunrise as large and as brilliant as that one. Thank you.

  3. Linda Laugen October 13, 2016 at 11:01 am

    I grew up on the East Coast just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean – and am now land-locked n Iowa. I miss proximity to the ocean terribly. However, since childhood, I have noted that simply being AT the shore always sweeps peace over me – a sweet scent of salt air, better and deeper breathing, absence of pains, and practically no intellectual activity. It is complete relaxation – and I would like to know sometime its physiological bases. I see many other have had similar experiences.

  4. Utahbooklover October 13, 2016 at 10:47 am

    “I’d sit alone and listen to the waves wash up on the shore in the darkness with my feet in the cool sand and breathe in the salty air. I did that to center myself and often times I’d feel at such peace that I almost didn’t want the day to begin.” Nice bit of writing Mia. I have at times had a similar experience.

  5. Carol October 13, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Amazing and so beautiful!

  6. Patty Chadwick October 13, 2016 at 7:34 am

    What a beautiful image! How I miss the big sky sunrises and sunsets! I know the feeliing of reluctance mixed with anticipation as early morning’s serenity is threatened by the dawning of a new day and all its hustle and bustle…

  7. Roger Burnard October 13, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Mia… I currently live in Sarasota, and have been at the North Beach at sunrise, and know full
    well what you mean… beautiful image, as always. Although you may miss your past home, I
    hope you are enjoying your new location… and from the great photos that you keep posting,
    I’m assuming you do. Take care, be safe, and stay well… ;-)))

  8. Bob McPherson October 13, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Beautiful photo, Mia. Had to beat a beach sunrise.

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