Monday, April 16, 2012

Looking on the bright side

"You know it's going to be a long day when you yell 'Seriously?!?' at your alarm clock." (author unknown)

Ah, the benefits of airline deregulation. When I was young, people flew at a decent time. But now, to get a good airfare, it's the early bird who catches the plane. And so the alarm clock rudely jolted us out of bed, prematurely, so we could get our daughters to the airport by 04:00 am (!!) for a 06:00 am flight. It was early, but on the bright side there was no traffic (everyone else had wisely chosen to stay in bed) - the usual 45 minute trip was done in under 25.

There was another bright side to this equation. I'm rarely up to witness a sunrise but since I'd already paid the price, I was treated to the following, which in my estimation was adequate compensation.








21 comments:

joyce said...

I hear tell that there are actually people who like to get up early, I think its a myth, nobody like to get up that early!!!
I was at the airport today too, to pick up my son at the very decent hour of just after noon from a 3 hour flight:)

Pieces of Sunshine said...

More than adequate compensation, making the most of the opportunity. You have some great shots here!

Cloudia said...

awesome bird header!
and those shots almost make me miss boat life. . .



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Lasse said...

Yes, you got rewarded. Beautiful photos Rick ! But I smiled when I read the text, it is terrible to get up that early....

ju-north said...

Worth getting up for!

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Definitely worth the early hour. These are gorgeous captures!

Amelia said...

Hi Rick, beautiful sunrise. ;)

Your waking up at wee hours is worth it and you're rewarded with excellent, amazing shots.

Thanks for sharing, you can always make up with afternoon nap. :)

Have a nice day. Regards

Marty said...

in France we say "la vie appartient à ceux qui se lèvent tôt !" la preuve ! your shots are unique and wonderful !
I think that you have enjoyed ce matin-là, si tôt ! fantastique !
I wish you happy days in Florida avant de rentrer chez toi !
bisous de France bien frais encore !

Lúcia said...

Great colours and brightness in the second shot Rick! You always capture beautiful sunrises. :)

Two years ago I had an early flight to Chile I arrived at the airport by 5:00 am for check in, it was the first week of daylight saving time, (I slept less than 2 hours) and my flight delayed 2 hours... :(

Scott said...

I guess it was lucky for us that you had to be up so ridiculously early. These are all gorgeous.

imac said...

Rick, its a beautiful morning, congrats on the super shots.

Couple of years ago, we were on a cruise around Norway, that 1st morning I was on the deck at 5am and it was fantastic.

Stephanie said...

It was definitely worth the early rising to capture these impressive shots.

Leslie said...

that sunrise WAS a treat!

lisa said...

Rick, I am going to say that getting up this early was well worth it. The images you captured are just gorgeous.
I hope your trip was a good one (other than the early rising!!).

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Look at the beauty you would have missed by staying in bed,but 4 AM is too early for me too.

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful sunrise photos Rick. I'll be up at 4:00 on Thursday to catch my 5:30 flight to Toronto then on to Calgary and Fort Mac. I'm not looking forward to that early wake up and I won't see the sunrise either. It'll be behind me. :)

Michelle said...

We recently made flight reservations for a summer trip and yes, we will be the extra early birds! I feel you pain already! Great shots!

Melissa Jo said...

I have not been up to watch a sunrise in years, however i think your perfectly captured the beauty, especially how your framed the sun in various 'frames' of your pics. beautiful job!

Betty Manousos said...

i really like the subtle light in those shots!
i wish i could be on that boat.

great shots, rick!

S. Etole said...

Lovely compensation for such an early morning awakening.

Katherine said...

Sensational sunrise photos Rick.. you sure do know how to capture beauty..what an amazing eye you have!