Sunday, May 27, 2012

Photo of the Week #56 - Sunrise on the Gulf of Mexico – September 2003



There is nothing quite as inspiring and peaceful to me as a glorious sunrise or a resplendent sunset. This sunrise photo was taken from the rail of a cruise ship I was on in the Gulf of Mexico in September of 2003.

While I don’t usually enjoy being part of a mass group of people, especially in a touring situation or, in the case of a cruise ship, a situation where there is no way to simply avoid contact with the masses of people, I did enjoy this experience. I found ways that worked for me to capture the essence of what was most important to me. I avoided the swimming pools and decks with large group gatherings and activities. I stayed away from most of the bars and nightclubs. I found quiet places on the ship where I could enjoy the air, sunshine, the dark sky at night and the sunrises and sunsets.

Of course, I had to interact with people on board the ship and, as always, I met some interesting people, some of who I’m still in contact with nearly ten years later. All experiences are what you make them. There was virtually no one else on this deck with me at sunrise. I was able to rejoice in the opportunity of watching the beginning of another glorious day and capture as many photos as I wanted to without interruption or interference. Where precisely was I on the Gulf at the time of this photo? I honestly don’t have a clue and, to me, does it really matter? Absolutely not!

4 comments:

mwk said...

Great photo! The sunrise is my favorite part of my day, it really sets the tone. You've captured a bit of its magic here.

Shannon Pate said...

Wish I was there now.... toes in the sand, sun on my skin :-) GREAT PHOTO! Happy Sunday.

Ed Helvey - Professional Nomad said...

Thanks! One of those magic moments! I have to digitize my sunrise from the "Top of the World" one of these days - I froze my butt off on top of Haleakala (Maui) with the top of Mauna Loa above the clouds. Keep tuned - it will appear one day!

Cheers,
Ed

Ed Helvey - Professional Nomad said...

Thanks, Shannon --

Glad you like the photo - and I concur with the sand and the sun . . . especially during the cooler months up north. Enjoy your day, too.

Cheers,
Ed