Sunday, July 11, 2010

"I'll Tell You How the Sun Rose..."

It is so enchanting to live in a place where one can see the sun rise and sun set over water every day. You can find this on the island of Ocracoke, off the N.C. coast, out to sea.

My day usually begins with a walk on the beach with early morning coffee and camera in hand. This past week the sun has risen between 5:55 and 5:58. On this particular morning the clouds were layered as the sun rose from the darkness of the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It was so lovely I forgot all about the camera, for a bit. Here is the morning sunrise.

I decided during the day that I would watch that beautiful spherical ball of light and heat set over the Pamlico Sound that very night. So, with camera and bike, I was off towards the ferry docks for the evening view. There were so many folks watching on this night. Tourists...locals...everyone in silence as the view of the setting sun took our breath away. So, here is the same sun 12 hours later!

"I'll tell you how the sun rose
A ribbon at a time
The steeple swam in amethyst
The news like squirrels ran.
The hills untied their bonnets,
The bobolinks begun,
Then I said simple to myself
That must have been the sun."

Emily Dickinson