Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I woke early to take in the sunrise at New Smyrna Beach

Sunrise was to be at 6:14 am, the Weather Channel declared. I headed to the beach at 5:30 and light was already pushing back the night's darkness. The half-hour before the sun crested the horizon was fascinating on the beach. The not-yet-risen sun's work on the distant sea clouds and their reflection in the shallow surf was colorful. It seemed like every minute offered a different hue, a more revealing detail of the beach and its ecosystem. By 7:00 am, the sun seemed already to be emanating power for what would be a 90-degree day. I headed off on a long bike ride with the vision of the Atlantic sunrise in my mind's eye. And to think the glory of a sunrise and sunset are there for our enjoyment every day of our lives...should we choose to be present to the sky symphony.

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