Early autumn sunrise, almost Indianapolis

During the school year my sons stay overnight at my home on Wednesdays. We like our relaxed evening family time. But school starts early, and none of us enjoys getting up long before sunrise the next morning for the 45-minute drive to their mother’s suburb. We stumble around the house getting dressed and eating breakfast, and then we climb into the car for the trip. We listen to music or NPR; sometimes we talk, sometimes they play video games on their hand-held devices.

When my sons are adults, we will surely talk about these times and reflect on the good and the bad. But even in the circumstances we wish were different, we sometimes encounter unexpected moments of joy or of beauty. We’ve seen plenty of beautiful sunrises as we travel eastward on Thursday mornings, sunrises we surely would have missed otherwise. I was fortunate to have my good camera along one recent Thursday morning when the sky’s colors were especially vivid. These sunrises have taught me, and I hope my sons as well, to look for the good in unwanted circumstances.

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Captured: Early autumn sunrise, almost Indianapolis

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15 thoughts on “Captured: Early autumn sunrise, almost Indianapolis

  1. ryoko861 says:

    Excellent outlook on the situation Jim! I’m sure your kids will also remember the better times rather than the “inconvenient” ones. Yeah, it sucks getting up that early, but you’re seeing something that not many people really get to see. How many young boys get to see the beauty of a sun rise? Something I’m sure they’ll reflect on in their life.

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      • ryoko861 says:

        Oh, believe me, I know they didn’t voluntarily get up one their own or say “Let’s get to bed early so we can see the sunrise!”.

        A little prodding and prompting is always in order!

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  2. Lone Primate says:

    That’s a gorgeous shot, Jim; I love how you can see the slight difference in grey tones near the base of the tree. What an excellent capture. I love how you turned something of an onus into something you and your sons will remember for years. It’s funny how things like daily drives can wind up being the things you actually do remember about growing up.

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    • Thanks, LP. You know, I’ve driven by this tree hundreds of times by now, but never in this light. Sometimes you need a different light to see the beauty in something.

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  3. Proof that I am not artistic, I point out the views like this almost every evening. The best description I could come up with is “Hey! Hey look! Black trees!”. Whatever the name, the scenery is lovely :)

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  4. That’s a gorgeous picture. I’m usually up before sunrise, but too disdainful of the coming work day to notice anything like this. I’m glad I stopped by to see what was going on; thought I was following, found I wasn’t!

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