My attempt to document 40 sunrises in Eastern Cincinnati. Spring 2011.

Sunrise 57: Fripp Island, South Carolina (Purple Puffs of Cumulus, More Island Deer)

Seagrass Sunrise

We have made it back to Cincinnati after our journey from the West Coast to the East Coast and back! I look forward to starting off my sunrise routine tomorrow morning. In the meantime I wanted to share a final sunrise that my family and I got up for on the final day of our trip to Fripp Island. The sky had beautiful patchy cumulus clouds floating above the horizon with a clear upper atmosphere. I waited about 40 minutes and was able to get my favorite kind of lighting – a bright orange/yellow sky with dark purple shadowy cumulus. Quite by accident I took a few pictures low to the ground and captured some neat silhouetted pictures against the tall sea grass.

Amanda and I are actually on our way out the door to see the Ault Park Fireworks at 10:00pm tonight! I have never taken pictures of fireworks before so I’m going to try and see what I can pull off. If any turn out I’ll include them in tomorrow’s post (assuming my jet lag doesn’t get the best of me!).

First, a few more pictures of the island deer featured on the previous post.

They graze on the beach grass and don’t seem to mind human company

This young buck was curious what I was doing so close to him

This is actually from sunset, but I liked it so much that I thought it would be OK to share here. The pelicans are so majestic and come through in packs ever few minutes. Pat (my sister’s boyfriend) is wondering if he’s about to be the victim of an aerial bombardment. They drop bombs the size of golf balls.

The haze causes the sun to come up in a very dark bulb.

The nice thing about the humidity and haze is that you can stare at the sun for several minutes before it gets too bright.

Orange Dawn

Hidden behind some small cumulus clouds

For more of the full sunrise, click to continue. About 17 pictures total. ——>

A bit of a lighter picture attempting to capture the rocks.

Deep orange is turning into orange / yellow.

More pelicans flying into the sunrise

First shot featuring the sea grass

Almost too perfect.

Vertical Sunrise Shot

Final vertical shot as the sun turns more full yellow

Goodbye South Carolina!

I really like the blue whisps of clouds in this one.

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