Dawn: A New Day
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Dawn: A New Day
A Photo Journal by Mary T. Hoffman
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(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 01)  Early in the morning on 4 January 2004, just as the sky began to lighten with the dawn of a new day, I glanced out the window at the fog-covered, frozen lake.  I quickly threw on some warm clothes and my boots and grabbed the camera.  This photo was taken on my way down the slope to the lakeshore.

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 02)  Above the still dark trees, the sky continued to lighten.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 03)  During the month of December, a lot of snow had fallen over the frozen lake.  We then had an early January thaw and rain.  The warmer air passing over the still-frozen lake produced this early morning fog.  

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 04)  While enjoying the morning outdoors, I took another photo of the sky and trees.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 05)  I like the contrast between the dark branches in the foreground and the misty trees across the lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 06)  The ice on the lake had begun to fracture into interesting patterns.  No matter where I looked, it seemed as though there was something new to see and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 07)  Fog adds mystery to otherwise familiar scenes.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 07a)  As the heavy fog lifted, the mist-shrouded point across the lake became visible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 08)  The misty reflections and the break in the lake's icy surface were an interesting combination.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 09)  On this foggy morning, even the debris along the lakeshore seemed an intriguing subject for a photo.  As can be observed in this scene, the dark colored objects absorb heat while the white ice reflects the heat away.  Thus, the ice melted faster around the darker objects.

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 10)  As the fog slowly lifts from the lake, the sky continues to lighten above the still dark trees. 

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 11)  The small white pine in the foreground contrasts sharply with the haziness of the distant trees.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 12)  Dewdrops glisten on the branches near the dock.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 13)  A hint of pink color began to appear in the sky.  I love the way the low-lying fog obscures the lower portion of the hill across the lake, leaving only the tree tops exposed.

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 14)  As I was watching the sky brighten, the low-lying fog on the lake thickened.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 16)  I like the contrast provided by the branches in the right foreground of this misty scene.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 17)  In the left foreground, dew drops cling to the white pine branches, as the fog once again slowly lifts off the lake.

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 18)  "Dawn's early light!"

 

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 19)  As I continued to watch the eastern sky, the clouds displayed a little more pink color.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 20)  As the morning light grew brighter, I stood on the lakeshore taking picture after picture of the sky, the trees, and the lake.

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 21)  The fog shifted so that at times it obscured parts of the vista and at other times appeared as a drifting mist across the frozen lake.2

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 22)  The subtle changes in the sky added to the beauty of the January morning.

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 23)  The January morning air was exhilarating.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 24)  I had a lot of fun taking these photos while enjoying the dawning of a new day.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 25)  Above the misty lake, the sky continued to lighten.

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 26)  I like the way the ponded water on top of the ice reflects the trees from the opposite shore. 

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 26a)  The fracture in the ice almost looks like the shadow of the little tree; but actually, this particular thawing of the ice is partly due to the dark color of the trunk absorbing the heat of the sun, creating a warmer spot along the shore.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 27)  As the sun continues to rise, pastel colors are displayed in the clouds.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 27a)  This is a closer look at the sunrise-tinted clouds.

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 28)  Every few moments there are subtle changes in the cloud colors.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 29)  More small changes come with the dawning of a new day!

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 30)  While enjoying the outdoors, I continued taking more photos.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 31)  I like the contrast between the dark trees and the lighter sky.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 32)  This photo shows more of the sky above the horizon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 33)  The dark clouds start to give way to the morning light.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 34)  The upper left of this photo shows two birds in flight.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 34a)  This is a closer view of the two geese in the previous photo. 

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 35)  I'm particularly fond of this view: the tangle of branches in the foreground, the reflections in the lake, the fog against the background of dark trees, and the sliver of sky beyond them.

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 35a)  This is a closer view of the foreground tangle and the lake's reflections.

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 36)  In this photo the sun appears to be "peeking out" behind the distant dark trees.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 37)  Here is yet another fog-shrouded lake scene.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 38)  In this photo, one can almost feel the stillness of the early morning.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 39)  Slowly the horizon brightens.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 40)  A little more sunlight manages to break through some of the clouds.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 41)  The patches of reflected sunlight on the surface of the frozen lake add interest to this foggy, mysterious-looking scene.

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 42)  I like the rays of sunlight in this sky photo.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 43)  The sunbeams beyond the silhouette of the distant trees add to the drama of this morning.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 44)  Because of its dramatic beauty, this is the photo I chose for the masthead of this series.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 45)  The dramatic sunbeams began to fade as quickly as they had appeared.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 46)  Observing the subtle changes in the atmosphere was fascinating.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 47)  For a moment I turned my attention away from the fog and took this photo of the northern sky which had brightened with the rising of the sun.

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 48)  This is another photo of the awakening northern morning sky.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 49)  Back to the eastern sky, where a bit of blue color was starting to show through the parting clouds.

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 50)  Even the rip-rapped shoreline's debris offered subject matter for my camera's lens!

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 50a)  Two of autumn's oak leaves are caught in the thawing shoreline ice.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 50b)  The frozen lake offers a myriad of textures and hues for our enjoyment, if we take the time to look.

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 50c)  Along the winter shoreline, the ice and rocks create eye-catching details and patterns.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 51)  This is another photo of the frozen, fog-covered water viewed through lakeshore branches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 52)  This is a closer look at the rip-rapped, frozen shoreline.

 

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 53)  This is another photo showing the distant fog-shrouded trees.

 

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 53a)  This is a closer view of the distant trees as seen through shoreline branches.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 54)  Like a sentinel, the young white pine tree stands on the lakeshore.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 55)  The frozen water reflects the distant trees and morning sky.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 56)  This photo shows more distant tree and sky reflections on the icy lake's cracked surface.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 56a)  This is a closer view of a portion of the previous photo of reflections on the lake's surface.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 57)  The morning sunlight continues to break through the clouds.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 58)  This is yet another photo of the brightening morning sky.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 59)  I especially like the peacefulness of this scene which shows a little of the lake's opposite shore, along with the dark trees and the sky.

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 60)  Again, I turned my attention to the lake's surface.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 61)  This photo shows the fog still hovering over the frozen lake.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 62)  Before heading back inside, I decide to take one or two more  photos of the lake's frozen surface.

 

 

 

 

(Dawn: A New Day - 4 Jan 2004 - 63)   On this beautiful January morning, I took this last photo before going in for our breakfast of vegan smoothies.

 

 

 

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