My name is Bugsy Sailor, and on January 1, 2019 I began a resolution to watch and photograph every sunrise of the year. I sought the sun, but what I found was so much more. So much, in fact, that I have yet to miss a sunrise.

What started as Year of the Sunrise has grown into life of the sunrise. To date I have photographed 1,432 consecutive sunrises, primarily from the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette County, Michigan.

Along the way, sunrise has slowed my approach to life, stretched my heart, introduced me to love, given spirit to my days, navigated me through a global pandemic, and has given witness to more beauty than I can express. There have been -35º windchills, downpours, thunderstorms, and blizzards, but no matter how gray the day, the sun still rises.

Photographs have been the tangible output of these sunrise years, but it has never been about the photos. It has always been about the wind on my face, the sand between my toes, and feeling the sunrise in nature while being present in life. I stand by the notion that, no photograph of sunrise is better than the experience of a sunrise.

Latest updates:
- New in 2022, I’m launching BugsyLand™, a membership model to justify the time, financial cost, and energy of YOTS
- You can now brose by individual month and date
- Temperature averages are now being compiled across the entire project
- I’ve begun work on browsing by location
- Figuring out what to do for 2023

Bugsy Sailor

On This Day


Sunrise, on this day from 2019


Sunrise, on this day from 2020


Sunrise, on this day from 2021

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