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Capturing the moment . . . Explore 11-07-2017 #1 | by Brad Eide
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Capturing the moment . . . Explore 11-07-2017 #1

After quickly silencing the early alarm, I took a look out the window and seeing favorable skies for a colourful sunrise I was up and going. I tried to leave the house as quickly and quietly as possible . . . my wife, Barb, decided to sleep in, rather than getting up in the dark to go watch a sunrise . . . “that’s just stupid!” I closed the door, fired up the car and quietly pull away from the house, flipped on the headlights for the short drive on empty roads . . . if the sheep resting or sleeping on the edge of the tarmac aren’t included. Parked the car, laced up the boots; grabbed the kit and made the quick walk on the path to today's location. I had previously scouted the location, so after setting up the tripod and camera I still had time to relax and enjoy the approaching sunrise, it was only 4:30AM.


As the dawn light began to break the horizon the clouds were the first to brighten and show the morning color, followed by the Trotternish Ridge. This capture is one of the first taken as the sun highlights Cleat, Bioda Buidhe and Dun Dubh, but the sunlight has not completely reached the ridgeline near Beinn Edra. The stone on the face of Dun Dubh seemed golden in the sunrise light. It’s all about the light . . . 15 minutes earlier the sun hadn’t risen . . . 15 minutes later the sun had risen enough the light had gone flat.


This view of the Trotternish Ridge is toward Bioda Buidhe and Cleat while between them in the distance is Beinn Edra and in the foreground is the distressed tree. The two bodies of water in front of Cleat are Loch Cleat and Loch Leum na Luirginn. On the right is the Staffin-Uig road as it meanders up the ridge to the Quiraing parking area and before it continues on to Uig. On the horizon are the mountains of the Scottish mainland.


While others slept, I was enjoying the sunrise and capturing the moment. Some days it’s worth getting up at Stupid O’Clock . . . and this was one of those mornings! I hope you enjoy the resulting image.


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Taken on May 26, 2014