As the seasons progress, the sunrise moves from the northeast to the southeast over our pond, and then back again, due to a wobble in the earth’s axis relative to the sun. In December, the sun rises furthest to the southeast, and remains lowest in the sky.

In December, we also see the most dramatic and colorful sunrises. This day, I woke early. Glancing out the window, I saw a bit of gold at the edge of an overcast sky, shrugged and went back to bed. It was Sunday morning, after all, and still pretty dark.

Lying there, I suddenly realized something may be up, and I ought to take another look. Sure enough, brilliant color was stealthily spreading over the sky, and was also reflected in the water.

Such grand events are often short-lived, as I’ve noted many times. I opened the window and clicked away. Within minutes, the intensely colored clouds had slid off to the north and were gone.

The photo was taken on December 4, 2011 at 6:35 am.

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