A woke early as usual. Through the tangle of trees and brush on Smith Point, I caught hints of a bright orange glow. A forest fire to the north? The question came unbidden. I pulled on some clothes and went out. After banishing a goose family trying to destroy our lawn, I moved down to the far, southeastern corner of the property, at the water’s edge. Turning to the northeast, I was surprised and delighted to see this picture-perfect, orange and gold sunrise.

During the course of a year, the sunrise moves from the southeast to the northeast. Here you see the it near its most northerly limit. This seasonal swing, we’re told, is due to a “wobble” in the earth’s axis during its year-long orbit of the sun. (See a full year of wobbling compressed to 40 seconds in this short animation.)

The sunrise will reach its most northerly position precisely on June 20, 2012, the date of the Summer Solstice, and its most southerly on December 21, 2012, the date of the Winter Solstice. December is the month, you may remember, that often gives us the most dramatic and colorful dawns. So, far, June isn’t doing too badly either.

The photo was taken on June 10, 2012, at 5:11 am. Astronomical sunrise occurred at 5:07 that day. The sun had yet to climb the high eastern ridge, topping it some twenty minutes later.

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Related: Wildfire Dawn*, Orange Dawn, Independence Dawn,* and Fiery June Dawn*.


3 Responses to Fiery June Dawn*

  1. Dick Quinn says:

    Grand! I’m so glad that I can click the image twice, to see a full-sized version. Your photo is breath-taking. Just the right amount of sharpness. A subtle mist on the water at the pond’s far end. A classic painting in the near-end reflection. WOW! Thank you, Ron.

  2. Fern Fergus says:

    I really enjoy your nature photos — they are so lovely. We are surrounded by nature in Sharon and have seen frogs, rabbits and hawks in our backyard.

  3. Terry Sullivan says:

    Very nice sunrise, Ron. Sunrises are extra special for many of us!

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