Year of the Sunrise I

December 2019


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Sunrise from Ellwood Mattson Park
01
Sunrise from Park Cemetary
02
Sunrise from Coast Guard Station
03
Sunrise from Marquette Lighthouse
04
Sunrise from Fish Dock
05
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
06
Sunrise from Lakeshore Boulevard
07
Sunrise from Municipal Marina
08
Sunrise from Shiras Park
09
Sunrise from Marquette Lighthouse
10
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
11
Sunrise from Founders Landing
12
Sunrise from Clark Lambros Park
13
Sunrise from Presque Isle
14
Sunrise from Founders Landing
15
Sunrise from South Beach
16
Sunrise from Shiras Park
17
Sunrise from Clark Lambros Park
18
Sunrise from Presque Isle
19
Sunrise from Harlow Creek
20
Sunrise from Lower Harbor Breakwall
21
Sunrise from Wetmore Landing
22
Sunrise from Maritime Museum
23
Sunrise from Seul Choix Point Lighthouse
24
Sunrise from Whitefish Point
25
Sunrise from Clark Lambros Park
26
Sunrise from South Beach
27
Sunrise from Presque Isle
28
Sunrise from Portage Canal
29
Sunrise from Sugarloaf Mountain
30
Sunrise from Shiras Park
31

Fuel more Sunrises

There is plenty more to come from Year of the Sunrise. You can always add a cup of coffee to keep me going strong in the mornings, or a tank of gas to get me to some new places, as the sun keeps rising.

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Every once in a great while I send out a newsletter with sunrise updates, life stories, project developments, and various shenanigans. I'd love to share these with you and will respect your inbox.

Watch More Sunrises

As Year of the Sunrise continues, one significant takeaway is encouraging you to watch more sunrises this year than you did the previous year. I present you with a challenge, to watch more sunrises in 2022 than you did in 2021.

Take the 2022 Sunrise Pledge

Blah Blah Blah

For additional sunrise photos follow both @BugsySailor and @UPSupplyCo on Instagram. I don't post daily, but you will see additional content unvailable here.

December Highlights

  • Successfully watched every sunrise of 2019
  • Hosted a sunrise party in Marquette for the final sunrise of 2019 with over 50 people joining me.
  • The biggest spread of locations across the Upper Peninsula.
  • Sun was visible for 6 of 31 sunrises

December Musings

Where do I begin? Or more importantly, where do I end? When do I end? What more can be said that hasn’t been said? Three hundred sixty-five sunrises in the books, and I may be left with more questions than answers. But what has been answered will stay with me for a lifetime.

Over some period of time beginning on January 1, I’ll begin to digest and expand on the largest themes of this sunrise devotion. In no particular order those themes are…

  • Being deliberate in seeking nature and solitude.
  • Beginning your day with nature before all elese.
  • A bright pink and purple sunrise is not inherently more valuable than a gray and overcast sunrise.
  • Sleeping routines. As the summer sunrises got earlier and earlier, I realized I was just getting up at the same time every day, 30-60 minutes before sunrise. It’s only the human clock which told me otherwise.
  • Commitment. I would say, “I’m photographing every sunrise of 2019.” And they would say, “What about the rainy days?” “Every sunrise”, I would emphasize.
  • Love, yup, that happened too.
  • Most photographers only chase the “pretty” moments in nature.
  • “The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset.” – Catherine Opie
  • What it means to live each day to the fullest, and just how achievable is that?
  • Just because you didn’t see the sun doesn’t mean there wasn’t a sunrise.
  • If my New Year’s resolution was to “get back into photography” it would have never happened. A resolution needs to be much more deliberate and precise.
  • Documenting the change of the Lake Superior shoreline during epic storms and record high water levels.
  • A relationship with The Lake, the sun, and sleep.
  • What it means to have a daily routine.
  • The challenge of doing any single task every day for an entire year.
  • Giving context to photography.
  • Exploring craft, beyond photography, this has been a lot about writing and creating a digital archive of the project.
  • It’s not about the photography, the photographs are simply a means of documentation. The experience is always better than the photo. Viewing a photo has now wind, no heat, no cold, no rain, no snow, no warmth on your face. No sound of water. No sound of gulls.
  • Weather. I want to change the context of “bad” weather.
  • Creating something, anything, every single day.
  • Creativity and success by brue force.
  • And yet, I go. So much about life is about showing up. Rain. Whiteouts. Bitter windchills. That builds the character, which builds the reward. Then you feel the glorious sunrise shows up, you feel it much more intensely than the people who never showed up during the bitter windchills.
  • I sought the sun, but what I found was so much more.
    - My appetite to create more. The energy of the sun has truly been absorbed.
  • Finding delight in the simple things. “There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” ― Jo Walton
  • Seeing the sunrise and watching the sunrise are two different things. Most of the sunrises we witness are by happenstance — during a commute to work, out the kitchen window, or while lying in bed.
  • Like plaid is to Plaidurday, and squirrels are to Rice, and beer is to Branson, the sunrise will forever be a part of my life in a way it never was before.
  • Finding the next “double rainbow moment”
  • “When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.” – John Lennon
  • This feeling of accomplishment has been felt one other time, at the conclusion of the Hometown Invasion Tour, as this has been the second most Carpe diem year of my life. The best year is debateable, but a year with an incredible amount of life is for certain.

And that’s it. That’s the entire Year of the Sunrise wrapped up in a single bulleted list. What I know is this, if you watch the sunrise every day for a year, your soul will be overflowing.


What’s next? Where do I go from here? Sunrise is at 8:33AM tomorrow.

Two months into this project I revisted a favorite book from college, “Walking” by Henry David Thoreau. It lead me to a couple HDT quotes that best summarize this project.

“Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary.”

“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”

And finally,

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

Did you know that HDT only lived at Walden for two years, two months, and two days?

All said and done, I’ve still never watched a sunrise on February 29. Sixty days to go.

Carpe mane.

Songs of December

Music has played a large role in this year's journey. These are the songs that were the theme of December, the ones that were playing in my car stereo on the way to sunrise, in my headphones while editing photos, and the ones being shared with those closeest to me. Check out the entire playlist.

We spent the whole night talking, You said you'd like to see the sunrise. It's been a joke amongst friends that I'll stop getting up for the sunrise when someone else is there in the morning to say "stay in bed".

Darn right I listen to Billie Eilish.

For Delilah, my one and only.

December Sunrise Locations


Fuel more Sunrises

There is plenty more to come from Year of the Sunrise. You can always add a cup of coffee to keep me going strong in the mornings, or a tank of gas to get me to some new places, as the sun keeps rising.

Subscribe

Every once in a great while I send out a newsletter with sunrise updates, life stories, project developments, and various shenanigans. I'd love to share these with you and will respect your inbox.

Watch More Sunrises

As Year of the Sunrise continues, one significant takeaway is encouraging you to watch more sunrises this year than you did the previous year. I present you with a challenge, to watch more sunrises in 2022 than you did in 2021.

Take the 2022 Sunrise Pledge

Blah Blah Blah

For additional sunrise photos follow both @BugsySailor and @UPSupplyCo on Instagram. I don't post daily, but you will see additional content unvailable here.