As darkness gave way to light one morning last month, I noticed that the faint bit of color in the sky was stretching out farther to the south than usual... which meant a beautiful sunrise was quite likely upon the horizon. However, since we are surrounded by trees, we don't have much of an open view for sunrise photos. So I quickly woke up the girls, threw on some shoes, grabbed my camera (along with a coat and gloves for the cold), and away we went. I was hoping to not be too late as I headed to a spot up the road I knew had a wonderful view of the Sapphire Mountains to the east. My suspicions of a great sunrise were spot on and our timing couldn't have been better. We enjoyed a fabulous color show as it unfolded before our eyes for over half an hour. And a small herd of elk came along to lounge around and graze nearby, so we also enjoyed hearing a bit of bugling behind us while watching such a spectacular sunrise!
As you can see, I took more than a few photos. Enjoy! :)
As the more intense colors disappeared, the serene afterglow was a lovely finish to our dramatic sunrise. It was colder than usual for a mid-October morning, so we were more than ready to get back inside and warm up with some hot cocoa by the fire. :)