Monday, February 11, 2008

Two Things Challenge: Day / Time

Day breaking over Washington

This week's Two Things Challenge offered two options: Day / Time or Night / Light. Those who participated had a choice of doing either or both. I chose both.

I woke up this morning around 6:30 or so and, looking out the bathroom window, which faces southeast, it looked like the world was on fire! I snapped a few pictures, including the one I'm featuring here to illustrate Day / Time.

I'm also including thumbnails of two other pictures I took today. The first is one of several shots I made of this morning's sunrise. I'm sure it's hard to believe, but the colors really did look like what you're seeing.

The second picture I took this afternoon while I was out in Virginia having Sunday dinner with my family at my siblings' place. To see larger versions of any of these, click on the image.

To see my interpretation of Night / Light, see the entry below.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 2/08


Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

DC, those are beautiful! You know, I am not a morning person at all. If I ever take a sunset shot, it will be because I hadn't yet gone to bed! >8D That's why I appreciate them so much!

D.C. Confidential said...

Fenix: Thanks! Truth be told, I'm not a morning person either. But, I've discovered there are some beautiful pictures to be had at sunrise, so every once in a while, I schlep out of bed before the crack of dawn and head out. I can imagine Boston looks quite pretty at sunrise... I'm just sayin'... ;-)

Bev said...

These are beautiful pictures. Great that the Two Things prompted these. You seem to have amazing sunrises in the US. Donna suggests that the intense colour has something to do with the dry air. This may apply to sunrises. Since it is often raining here we don't have the same effect lol

Lara said...

another spectacular post! and I am a morning person, but I appreciate both sun- shows!

D.C. Confidential said...

Bev: Thanks! I almost didn't do the Day / Time challenge, but yesterday's sunrise just screamed "Participate!"

During the winter, it's much drier around here than it is in the summer when it's just a dank, humid, pestilential swamp. Still, we manage to have sunrises that are rather bright and buttery, for lack of a better word.

Lara: Thanks! I can't decide which I like better: sunrise on the east coast or sunset on the west coast. They're both equally beautiful!

Bobbie said...

Beautiful sunrise scene. I checked the trees for crosses but did not see any, lol! Perhaps the sunrise/sets has to do with latitude. I think too, that dry air helps, as does an unencumbered view :)

dianeclancy said...

These are lovely photos .. the kind you find on postcards or in books!!

~ Diane Clancy

D.C. Confidential said...

Bobbie: Thank you! No crosses on these trees. At least, none that I know of, unless Bert the Grey Squirrel has put any up! LOL!

Dry climates definitely have some beautiful sunrises/sunsets. In humid climates, like we have here in the summer, sunrise can be pretty but it also signals the onset of utter misery for the rest of the day. I've got to get out of this place and move back to a temperate climate like San Francisco.

Diane: Thank you! Funny you should mention book-worthy pictures. My mom asked for a book of my pictures for Christmas last year, so that's what I gave her!

gara gillentine said...

The tree is magnificent! I especially love how the branch on the left arches above the rising sun. Morning sunrises can offer up some fantastic light and color, but I am usually still trying to wake up at that time. . . perhaps a challenge is called for - wake up before the sun does, get up and get out with the camera and witness the wonders. How much do we miss by being unaware/ oblivious???

D.C. Confidential said...

Gara: I noticed that, too, and really liked how it came out, especially since I was shooting out the window of our bathroom on the second floor!

I always use to be partial to the brilliance and light of sunsets since I lived in the west, but as I've lived in the east, I'm becoming more favorable to sunrises. With a sunset, the light is dying. It's pretty, but it's on the decline. With a sunrise, the light is being born anew. That's a whole different level of brilliance and beauty.

I don't get up early that often either, but when I do, I'm never disappointed.