Sunrise at Colonial Beach

I haven't done many sunrise photos.  The reason is that I don't like getting up at the time you need to get up at in order to get those first pictures of the day.  Even if you do get up early you are still not guaranteed a good photo as the sunrise might not cooperate with you.

My alarm went off at 3:45 AM (not a typo) and I did manage to get out of bed and drove to Colonial Beach in Virginia.  A fellow photographer had chosen this spot and had assured me that you can get great sunrise photos here, weather cooperating.  Of course the great caveat, "weather cooperating".

Today I was not disappointed.  Here are a series of my photos in sequence as the sun rose.  You can click on the photos for a larger image.

Still dark but the sun is getting ready to wake up.

Slowly it is beginning to rise.

It looks like the sunrise is going to be a good one.

The clouds just before the sun comes up.

The last moment of pre-dawn glory.


The sun arrives.

And now onto breakfast.