Prairie State Park Sunrise, Day 2

Not to be outdone by Day #1, morning #2 at Prairie State Park gave just as interesting sunrise photo opportunities (if you missed Day #1 sunrise and sunset, you can click on this link). For the second day in a row, I got out of my sleeping bag very early … too early by many people’s standards :o)  … and headed out on Gay Feather Trail in the cold morning air.

Setting my camera on my tripod, I adjusted all the “sunrise settings” as I outlined in yesterday’s post. Now, it’s time to wait for the sunrise to happen :o)

As sunrise neared, I began shooting the developing colors in the eastern sky:

Sunrise over the Prairie


After the rich reds maxed out and then started to fade, the sun rose above the horizon and behind the clouds, giving some more unique photo opportunities:

Sunrise over the Prairie


The actual sun was not what was capturing my attention, but the skies above the sun. As the sun rose, it threw it’s beautiful light over the textured clouds:

Sunrise over the Prairie


Then the light began filtering through the clouds to the area below where the sun was rising!

Sunrise over the Prairie


I think I can safely say that I’ve never seen any 2 sunrises (or sunsets) that are identical. Like people, there is always some differences!


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