Rugby Point, Lake Metigoshe, North Dakota
The water is like glass, reflecting the sky. The horizon – mauve to pink to orange to pale yellow to blue.
I think I’m the only one up, except for a few mosquitos. One annoys me, buzzing my ear.
No traffic, no machines, and no birds, not yet. And then a water bird, sounding out a stuttering moan. Across the lake I can see a set of creeping headlights through dense trees. It sounds like a heavy vehicle.
A twittering bird and a “scree scree.” A solitary bird flies over. A dove in the distance – coo coo coo. Then a small group of birds takes flight, from inland and out over the lake. A line of clouds hovers, southeast.
Ripples start on the lake. And the surface has turned pink, welcoming the coming of the sun. More birds join in – twittering and tweeting.
I hear a pop as (I think) a fish surfaces nearby. A few ducks quack. It is still cool – sweatshirt needy.
The clouds on the horizon are showing salmon-colored underbellies. The sun is still behind the tree line…I watch it creeping up, closer and closer, along the tops of the trees.
The sun breaks the horizon, a huge golden ball, reflected on the water, a golden flame.
23 responses to “The lake sunrise experience”
Oh, Karen, I was THERE with you. What a gift – a solitary dawn, the sun greeting you with her glorious colors, the birds chirping their sleepy greetings. Absolutely lovely.
I love it when I get up BEFORE the birds. It was a gift. I actually watched numerous sunrises.
I NEVER thought I’d say this, but dawn is my favorite time of day!! :-0 I’m so happy you had such a gorgeous week off.
Beautiful, Karen. Much as I love Vermont, there is something about a still MIdwestern lake at dawn that still takes the breath.
This was my first true experience on a lake, and it was heavenly. Much better than I expected.
My “morning on a lake” memory is so very different…a mountain lake shrouded in fog, with loons in the near distance…but memories like that stay forever. Whenever you need to escape a boring meeting and go to your happy place, you now have a new place to go.
I don’t know if there are loons in ND, but some birds/fowl I could not identify. It’s a wonderful memory.
Sounds like a wonderful spot! Thanks for sharing your experience.
It was a wonderful spot. And even better since the kids and grands came Saturday/Sunday. Wayne and Shawn both caught their first fish! I had my alone time AND family/grand time. How awesome is that?
Looks like a piece of heaven to me. Thanks for sharing.
It was heaven (mostly). I loved the outdoors of the place, being on the water, and the weather was near-perfect every day.
Beautiful images. Almost makes me wat to get up before 8 AM. 😀
You need to try some sunrises, John…with your photographic talents, they would be awesome.
So good. I was there with you. Twice.
Thanks, Paulie. Twice.
Lovely play by play of the lake sunrise…that’s my favorite time of day.
Thanks for sharing, and the photos too. So gorgeous!
It’s my favorite time of day, too. Especially on that lake! And before others are up and making people noises.
What a great reminder of why I love sunrise, especially over the water. You made these bird sounds so real I thought it was at my window!
Ah, you are too kind, Still-Calling-You-JJ. I wrote those notes in my notebook while I was watching and listening and experiencing. I edited very little, I swear!
I’ve got to stop commenting on WordPress blogs from my iPad or cell phone. They don’t “take” for some reason. I know I commented on this, because I loved the way you transported me right to the lake with you — and the photos are marvelous! Thank you for creating a few minutes of vacation while I sat in my easy chair.
That morning, and a few others like it, were one of the best parts of that mini vacation. (I know what you mean about the electronic snafu – I have a weird problem when I post new photos from my phone to FB)
Just beautiful Karen ~ the story, the photos and the feeling like we were there with you. I love mornings like that ~ they simply soothe the soul, don’t they?
They certainly do. There is something about being next to the water that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.