December 13, 2019

Clark Lambros Park at 8:25am

Sunrise from Clark Lambros Park, Marquette, MI

Sunrise 347 of 365

  • Sunrise time: 8:25
  • Azimuth: 124°
  • Did the sun rise: Yes
  • Was the sun visible: Notta


  • Temperature: 25 ºF
  • Felt like: 25 ºF
  • Conditions: Overcast
  • Wind: 3 mph
  • Visibility: 10.0 mi
  • Humidity: 76%


  • 17mm
  • f/22.0
  • 30 sec
  • 100


Clark Lambros Park, Marquette, MI

46° 34' 28" N, -87° 23' 32" W

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Musings [616 words]

Today was interesting, at least in terms of this project.

I am blessed that recently published a story of this very project that got quite a lot of love on social media.

As I mentioned on Thanksgiving I am especially grateful for the press this year. It means added success to my projects, and it helps to pay the bills and I still dream of a day where my debts are paid and I can take on more debt to buy a house.

It was a pretty standard morning when my friend Holly came into the shop. She made a couple purchases and has been a fantastic supporter of the World of Bugsy. She brought to my attention a Facebook post in a group titled Marquette County Rant and Rave.

The initial post reads…

“Marquette has a serious Harold Hill problem. I mean this generally, for all the poor decisions made regarding city finances over the years, but i was just reading about, get this, a local guy who takes pictures? who’s slinging his self promotion of getting up every morning for a year to photograph the sunrise for, get this, a grand sum of $66,795.00 if all the photos sell. What a snake oiler!”

Followed by comments that include…

“[Bob] is a real dedicated photographer and has been doing it longer than this ‘Johnny Come Lately’ freeloader.”

And eventually…

“I guess, philosphically, Bugsy - you can answer it here if you want - do you think a photo of a sunrise on january 1st is worth 1/364 as that on December 30th? I think some of the other artists are curious. I was using your latest self-promotion as a lead into a rant about marquette’s entrenched Harold Hill problem. You fit right in Bugsy!”

Now there were also many defenders, who I appreciate.

This Facebook post might not always be around, but I want to be able to remember this feedback years from now. Even though I don’t agree, it helps to offset and mellow out my ego.

For a long time I’ve known no matter what idea I put into the world it will draw criticism. Tjhis has not always been easy. From a radio DJ in Detroit calling me a “hobo” who will be “jacking off on everyone’s couches” for a year across the country as I set out on the Hometown Invasion Tour. And the single negative comment I received about Beer With Branson, which was, “Imagine if this guy put as much effort into imporant things, like solving gun violence.”

I’d be lying if I said it didn’t sting.

So is January 1 worth 1/365 of December 31? No.

Actually, it’s probably worth more than December 31.

However, this entire thing is an experiment. Is it working? No, not really. Do I regret the pricing structure? Yeah, sometimes. Is it snake oil? No. But I’ve commited to a pricing model I wanted to play with, and this entire project has been about making a commitment.

I did respond. I want to be better at sticking up for myself, and I also want to make a point of the ridiculous world of online comment forums.

“Mike and Brian, I’d be happy to treat you each to a beer, coffee, or pasty (your choice) and listen to your ideas on how I can better execute my projects and make greater contributions to the community.

I understand that sometimes context gets lost through online comment forums. So please give me a call on my cell anytime at (906) 395-7570.

I can even pick you up to join me for a sunrise. What’s your favorite kind of donut?”

My phone has yet to ring.


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.