by Katie Colson
Elevation: 462 feet
As a high school student, sleeping in on the weekends often seems like the best way I could possibly spend my time, that is except when there is an opportunity for adventure. It's no secret that the best light for photography is early morning and evening, but it seems to me mornings are often overlooked. I cannot remember a time I woke up early to see the sunrise and regretted it. Every morning is a beautiful morning. Driving in the dark to get to a lookout point or ridge at five in the morning on a Saturday may not sound like the most fun in the world, but let me finish: there are some benefits!
First of all, you hit all the green lights on the way to your destination causing you to feel like a god of the roads, always appreciate the little things. But on a more serious note, the morning is when our minds are the clearest and most tranquil. Seeing the first light of the sun peaking through the trees on a ridge, lighting up a breathtaking landscape is a very humbling experience. Sunrises are when I feel most content. I think they are more rewarding that sunset because you feel as if you worked for it, and you earned it. It feels as if the sunrise was specifically for you, the one who got out of bed on a Saturday morning instead of sleeping in.
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