A Slice of Sun

On the Two Writing Teachers blog I just found this morning, there was a challenge to write weekly about on “A Slice of Life”. I can do that, I thought. And so, I hope I can renew my habit of posting just by writing about daily events instead of worrying and postponing thinking I don’t have anything important to say. Or thinking I want to post photos as well, but they’re on the camera, and it always seems a hassle to transfer and use them. Just do it!

Today’s slice of life came with the sunrise this morning. I was facing east, looking out my windows as usual during morning exercise. I was trying out a new Yoga routine, but knew I had only minutes, if seconds, to capture that beautiful glow appearing over the hills on the other side of the lake. On went my slippers and sweatshirt, fumbling for the camera.

Yes, it’s battery showed 2/3 charged. Enough for a set of sunrise shots for sure. Out I went.

The cold wind hit my face, along with the slight flurry of feathery flakes. I was warm from the exercise, so no problem, I thought, and I was determined to get my shots.

I took a few from different angles, as the glow paled. Just a few more minutes and I can capture the first rays peeking over the hill. Click, zing, whizzzz as the lens folded into the camera as it does when the battery dies. Great. Back into the house to grab my husband’s camera. Back out into the air, which now seemed considerably colder.

How do you turn this thing ON?? Got it. It doesn’t look like it’s on, I can’t see anything on the display. OK, got that figured out. The temperature is surely dropping, but just a minute more and the sun will reward my impatience.

It’s coming, it’s coming…how do I zoom this camera? Can’t find it, but I’ll keep snapping away. Shivering now. I’ll never make it as a photographer. Holding the camera in the other hand. How come they don’t make left-handed cameras??

A few more shots. What’s this? Clouds hovering over the horizon, like smoke or vapor burning off as the sun’s rays approach. Dark clouds above, white yellow brightness penetrating and widening the crack. A few more shots as the sun slices through. The voice of experience told me I only had a few more seconds before the sun would disappear for the day into the darkening clouds above. Done.

I had done it. I had captured the slice of sun on this cold morning. Back into the house to warm up and resume my yoga. Facing east again was somehow less inviting as I finished up.

When the day comes to leave, to more away, from this place, I know one thing. It must be a place where I can see the sunrise.

I’ll post some of the shots as soon as I can get hubby to transfer them! No more postponing due to inability to post pics!


Comments on: "A Slice of Sun" (5)

  1. Thomas Lowell said:

    Too much high tech?

  2. Welcome to Tuesday’s SOL. It’s a great community of slicers. I could relate to your slice as you waited for the right moment to capture that special shot of the sun. I waited on a roof top in Guatemala for the sun to rise thru the clouds. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love how you wrote about that moment!

  4. Welcome to our Slice of Life community!! So glad you decided to join us! This moment sounds really lovely – even with the cold and the mild frustration. I love that you took the time to capture and remember the sunrise. Can’t wait to see the photos!

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