Sunrise from Portage Canal, Houghton, MI

Sunrise No. 363 of 1,600+

  • Sunrise time: 8:40
  • Azimuth: 124°
  • Did the sun rise: Yes
  • Was the sun visible: Nope


  • Felt like: 22 ºF
  • Air Temp: 35 ºF
  • Humidity: 88%
  • Wind: 27 mph
  • Wind gust: 45 mph


  • 17mm
  • f/22.0
  • 1 sec
  • 500


Portage Canal, Houghton, MI

66.3 mile commute

📍 47° 6' 51" N, -88° 31' 32" W

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Musings [263 words]

This morning was one of the most difficult sunrises of the year. Everything is wet, everything. Slushy roads, cars in the ditch, terrible visibility. Get to the trail and there’s no place to park. Find a place to park and get to the trail, then the boardwalk is destroyed and not accessible. I walk to the other boardwalk, then I take a step that goes straight through the snow and my leg goes into water up to my knee. Without seeing a clear trail, I made my way back to my car to find a new vantage point. Inside the car my seat was drenched and everything wet. My camera lens already full of rain. I get to a new location along the Portage Canal. Massive wind gusts. Horizontal rain. Tripod blowing over in the wind. Beautiful. But a little difficult to take a photo.

“Maybe it was more beautiful somewhere else, but I was out there. I didn’t miss it.” – Bugsy Sailor

Did I just quote myself? Yeah. I feel I can’t remember saying, this, but don’t recall when or where. My dear friend Abigail used this quote on Instagram this morning and I’m tickled by it. So now I have a record of it, and I’ll have to ask Abigail where it came from.

Poring over Twitter and Google for any mention of “every sunrise” and how people use the phrase. Mostly cheesy inspirational or romantic quoets, but I’m enthralled by the smattering of original comments. It’s possible that my exploration and dedication to the sunrise has only just begun.


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