“It is the human fallacy to believe that we 'discover' any single thing. It is only that we are slow to learn how to see what is right in front of us.” Marisa Silver wrote those words. The photograph is mine - I'm the one trying to learn how to see...5:30am this morning.
Sunrise this morning: 5:21am. It’s happening a little earlier every day as we head for the summer solstice June 21 - the longest day of the year. Though I have always been an early riser it seems likely that there will be a hiatus in my "Sunrise Project"…getting up at 4:30am may not be embrace-able. We’ll see…maybe I’ll substitute moonrise photographs instead!
John Muir wrote that if you spend enough time observing the natural world, Nature’s inherent peace would begin
to flow through you. I’m getting an insight into that sense of peace during my recent personal projects shooting at sunrise and moonrise. My goal is not necessarily to make a photograph, though I often do, but to simply observe what’s happening as the light changes. The results can be subtle – and peaceful - like this image of the Milwaukee River just before the break of day.
For the past seven months my personal project has been to photograph at sunrise. But, when I observed the moon rising Sunday evening with a veil of pink cloud over its face I grabbed the tripod and ran outside. The first full moon of the month of May is designated the “flower moon” according to the Farmer's Almanac, because "in most areas flowers are abundant everywhere during this time of year”. It was quite a display.