Little Moments

Up before sunrise…are you serious?

Seattle Dawn

It has been a long time since I updated my Little Moments section, but a recent trip to take pictures of the sunrise over Seattle, made me realize, as cliche as it may sound, a sunrise is definitely a moment that should be cherished.  I am not one of those people that sleeps in until the late afternoon and I actually get up quite early on the weekends, but still, when Ryan nudged me the other morning and said “Des its a little before sunrise, I want go to take pictures, come with me?” My first thought was…are you serious? It is too early. But being the loving, supportive wife that I am, I said what the heck. And it was actually more enjoyable then I imagined.

During work week, I do get up before the sun comes up and on occasion, I have even stayed up till the sun comes up, but that is another entry all together. But I realized the other day as I was sitting at Kerry Park in Seattle at 6:45 in the morning, that I have never actually watched the sun come up. So as Ryan set up his camera, I sat on a bench with Pumpkin in my lap and glanced out over the city, took a couple deep breaths of the cool morning air and suddenly I was very relaxed.

Seattle Sunrise

It was as if all of the work and family worries disappeared, I just sat there and watched.  The usually loud city, looked so quiet and peaceful. There weren’t many cars or people. I wasn’t running around trying to get a bunch of things done.  I was just relaxing, and embracing the start of a new day. And at this moment I realized that sunrise might actually be my favorite time of day. I think that with the hustle and bustle of life, watching a sunrise falls really low on the list of things to do, and that is perfectly fine. However, when things get too busy and too hectic, and you just need a break take time one morning to watch it and cherish it, I bet you will be glad you did.

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  • Rita

    Hi Des

    Lovely blog, I am all about slowing down and enjoying life’s little moments too. Are you from Seattle as well?

  • Hi Rita,
    Glad to hear that are more people out there that believe in slowing down, I truly think it makes life a lot more enjoyable.

    I have a few friends back home who would not like it if i said I was “from” Seattle, but I have been living here for the past few years. :)

  • Mom

    Ryan is going to be famous if he keeps taking pictures like that. I too love to be up early sometimes and watch the sun come up. We can’t forget to take the time to enjoy the beautiful things this life has to offer!

  • Camila

    Wonderful pictures! What camera were you using?

  • Thanks Camila! My husband uses a Nikon D40 camera body with an old Non-Ai Micro-Nikkor-P 55mm f/3.5 lens for all the food photos, however for these shots of Seattle he used his AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm DX lens.

  • debra t.

    I work night shift in seattle. One of the greatest pleasures is getting to watch the sunrise on those clear mornings. Sometimes if it’s really good I’ll wake the patient up and have them watch too.
    Oh yeah..and then I get to go home!

  • Debra: Such a great gift to get to be able to take the time to see so many beautiful sunrises, well when it is clear here in Seattle anyway, so maybe a few times a year. ;-) That is also sweet that you would think of waking up a patient so that they can enjoy it too. Kudos to you! :)

  • Beautiful photos! What you described loving about the sunrise – the quiet, the relaxation – is a big part of the reason I’ve gotten so into photography and waking up ridiculously early over the last few years. I USED to be one of those people that slept till after noon, but now I’m one of those people that gets up 2 hours before sunrise and drags my husband out of bed to join me. He hasn’t joined the sunrise loving club yet :)

  • The Craving Chronicles: Thank you! LOL about your husband, hopefully he will join the club soon! :)

  • Jeanne

    These are actually the photos that led me to your food blog! I was missing the Pacific Northwest and went looking for photos of Seattle, Mt. Rainier, the Pacific coast and I found these beauties! Thank you!

  • Heather

    Hello, amazing photos! I saw the photos on Hotel 1000’s Facebook & they referred me here. I was wondering if you sell your photos? I just bought a house finally and have always wanted a beautiful photo of the Seattle skyline. Yours are exactly what I’m looking for. please let me know. Thanks so much!

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