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The fire gods were busy! No fewer than twenty exquisite dawn skies graced the pond this past fall and winter, a new cold-weather record. In the previous year, I counted just twelve between November and March, and that, itself, was a record.

These fantastic displays fall into two categories. A few depend on low, local clouds lit from above well after the sun has risen. These “local” dawns are shown in Photos 6., 7., 12., 13. and 15.  (Two are hybrids – Photos 1. and 2. – lit through breaks in the local overcast by a still-hidden sun.)

Most, however, are produced by high, distant clouds lit from below by a sun either still hidden from view or just peeping into view. Theses “distant” dawns are the richly colored, limitlessly varied, finely detailed displays that so often take our breath away.

Ordinarily, I’d have published these photos a few at a time, but I’m playing catch-up after a long absence from blogging. So, I present them all here — with apologies — in one big bite.

The photos are arranged by date. You’ll notice that the sunrise moves from left to right as you go through the gallery chronologically, that is, from easterly in September to southeasterly in late December, reaching its southerly limit and its lowest point in the sky at Photo 14. Snowy (taken one day before the winter solstice). Then it reverses course and heads back, reaching its northern limit in June.

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.)

Cursor over the images for their descriptions. The show-stoppers for me were 8. Electric and 12. Silvery. I’m sure you’ll have favorites of your own.

Many are astonishingly beautiful when viewed full screen, especially in low light. Click on any image, above, to open the slide show. Then click on the link below the lower right corner of an image to view it full screen (in a separate tab). You may have to scroll down a bit to see the link. Enjoy!


4 Responses to Cold Dawns 2013-14*

  1. Jim Fett says:

    Very well done Ron. I’m glad someone gets up this early!

  2. Rachel Afi Quinn says:

    Truly spectacular photos — such a joy to behold!

  3. Robin Mirollo says:

    Magnificent! Many of them inspire me to break out my watercolor paints.

  4. Alix Bartsch says:

    Each one different- each one amazing! Thanks so much!

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