Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Boyd Lake State Park in Colorado.
I got up at about 6 am to see the sunrise. It looked like it might be a beautiful sunrise, so I walked down to the water with my trusted and beloved Canon G12 camera.
A crane and some ducks foraged for breakfast.
As I approached the water, the fowl moved off to the side in the bluer areas of the scene.
The sky toward the sun started out very red with a hint of purple in the clouds.
Down by the water’s edge, the whole scene was filled with light and color. Little by little the light shifted from red to orange.
The blues away from the sun made a beautiful contrast.
The colors constantly turned and changed as the sky brightened into brilliant orange. (Some of these photos are best viewed by clicking on them, and viewing a larger size).
Some of the best sunrises and sunsets are when the sun shines underneath cloud cover causing the clouds to reflect back the light from the sun. In this case, the clouds reflected the sun, and the water reflected the clouds. This effect doubled the light.
This wide angle shot pulled back from the lake to show the full pallet of color. The sun is just starting to appear, and the colors are retreating. Please notice the magenta just to the right of the main sunrise. I tried to capture that color, but failed because my camera malfunctioned on those pictures.
At this point, most of the pictures were horribly overexposed due to what I think may have been a malfunctioning computer or shutter. This one turned out okay.
The light receded off the water even further.
After the above photo, it was clear that something was terribly wrong, and it wasn’t going to fix itself. I kept snapping photos, but they were all white and covered in lines. That magenta color would never get its own shot. Eventually, I would get one last photo:
The very last photo.
Then the sun rose above the clouds, and the colors faded to gray. “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21, ESV).
And now a moment of photographic silence in honor of my departed G12.