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September 21, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Driving at Dawn

I had a busy Saturday planned. I had an assignment to do some travel writing at a destination about 2 hours north of my home. The festival started at 8 a.m. with a tour of a National Wildlife Refuge, then a 10 o’clock workshop on nature photography by the Refuge Artist in Residence, and an afternoon trip to a cranberry bog. Plus a chicken dinner and the unveiling of this year’s edition of Whooper Brew after the bog trip.

(Hint: I went to the Crane Fest held in Necedah, Wisconsin, and I’ll share some stories and a few photos on the cranberries, the beer, and the whooping cranes in a later post.)

I haven’t been sleeping well for some unknown reason, and so when the alarm rang at 5:30 this morning I was none too excited. I managed to drag myself out of bed after getting maybe 2 hours of sleep, and I was rather grumbly as I got in the car. It was foggy and gray, and I was relieved I didn’t have to do the driving.

Wisconsin Countryside at Dawn

Wisconsin Countryside at Dawn

And then I blinked open my eyes as the skies lightened. Wow! I woke up pretty darn fast.

Wisconsin Farm at Dawn

Wisconsin Farm at Dawn

I fumbled around in the back seat until found my camera. Needless to say, we didn’t make it to the festival at the appointed time.

And Finally, A Rearview Mirror Sunrise

And Finally, A Rear View Mirror Sunrise

Finally, after we pulled over to the side of the road for the fifth time for just “one more photo,” the sun actually appeared, and the dawn was over – so we could get on with our drive.


  1. HeyJules / Sep 21 2008 3:40 am

    Gorgeous photos, Bo! That first one is to die for!

  2. organicsyes / Sep 21 2008 9:26 am

    Wow…I know what you mean. When I get distracted with such beauty,and go into Zen Time, the “real-world-time” gets set aside.

    Worth every minute!

    Looking forward to hearing about the festival!

  3. rosemary / Sep 21 2008 9:57 am

    absolutely beautiful

  4. uphilldowndale / Sep 21 2008 10:08 am

    A magic moment to savour

  5. rlovison / Sep 21 2008 10:23 am

    I love the first two shots… beautiful. If I had a choice to make any changes I would crop the bottom of the first and remove the road.

    Looks like the E-3 colors are right up there with the E-1. It’s good to see since they made a major sensor change.

  6. Ron in L.A. / Sep 21 2008 12:12 pm

    Beautiful Bo, just beautiful…

    R(etc… )

  7. Marcie / Sep 21 2008 12:48 pm

    Stunning sunrise and early morning colors. WOW!

  8. montucky / Sep 21 2008 1:28 pm

    That first photo especially is stunning!

  9. ceanothe / Sep 22 2008 5:02 am

    Superbe, la couleur est merveilleuse, nous nous croyons dans un monde paradisiaque !
    Superb, the color is beautiful, we believe in paradise on earth!

  10. gypsy-heart / Sep 22 2008 6:27 am

    Bo..these are exquisite! You sound like you have too many irons in the fire (as my Grandma Bessie likes to say)! ‘Tis a good thing you paused to experience this beautiful sunrise.
    We all need such moments to renew our energies.

    Thank you for sharing your morning magic.

    Good energies and many more “moments of stillness” to you.

  11. quinncreative / Sep 22 2008 9:13 am

    Great pictures. I love the color play, and I love the sunrise showing in the rearview mirror. What a great idea!

  12. Gandalf / Sep 22 2008 9:14 am

    You certainly got the worm on Saturday morning – beautiful shots.

  13. visuallens / Sep 22 2008 9:52 am

    I concur with quinncreative…Beautiful sunrise

  14. Anna Surface / Sep 22 2008 3:29 pm

    Beautiful captures! There is nothing like a awesome sunrise to shake the cobwebs out! The fog does help with sunrise colors too. We had a similar early morn experience. Stunning. I especially love the first photo. 🙂

  15. Amelia / Sep 23 2008 6:14 pm

    That was a morning worth waking up for.

  16. amuirin / Sep 24 2008 11:25 am

    The wisconsin farm one is stunning.

    The day you had planned sounds really fun to me.

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