Lava Dawn | September 29, 2014, 6:42 am

This richly colored, high-altitude display was the second, stunning dawn in two days, coming right after September Dawn*, a rapid repetition I hadn’t seen before in the warm month of September.

This vivid, fiery formation reminded me of flowing lava. Increasingly, I’ve had trouble finding names for these dawn spectacles. “Molten Dawn” I had already used, so I settled on simply, “Lava.”

The date was September 29, 2014, and the time, 6:42 am. The sun was still hidden behind the high ridge along the eastern shore. Astronomical sunrise had just occurred, three minutes earlier, at 6:39 am.

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Related: Wildfire Dawn*, Orange Dawn, Fiery June Dawn*


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