February 17, 2019

North of Picnic Rocks at 7:50am

Sunrise from North of Picnic Rocks, Marquette, MI

Sunrise 48 of 365

  • Sunrise time: 7:50
  • Azimuth: 107°
  • Did the sun rise: Yes
  • Was the sun visible: No


  • Temperature: 14 ºF
  • Felt like: 9 ºF
  • Conditions: Overcast
  • Wind: 3 mph
  • Visibility: 9.3 mi
  • Humidity: 69%

Observed from 0.90 miles away


  • 35mm
  • f/2.8
  • 1/640 sec
  • 320


North of Picnic Rocks, Marquette, MI

46° 33' 41" N, -87° 23' 18" W

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Musings [342 words]

Today I went deeper into Lake Superior than I may have gone all summer. Let’s just say I’m not much of a swimmer.

It was the first solo morning where I decided I would bring my coffee mug. I suppose the warmth of the coffee only increased my confidence. Then there was this massive patch of blue ice. And when there’s blue ice, you want to get as close as possible.

Carefully, I walked around the perimeter finding solid footing, already having trekked through thigh deep snow in my jeans.

I capture a few photos, swap lenses, capture a few more, and take some time to stand and enjoy the big puffy snowflakes and silence.

I decide there’s one more patch of blue ice k want to get closer too, but it’s around an area where the ice doesn’t appear to be as thick.

Slowly making each step I try to place my foot onto the thickest footholdings. Mind you, it’s incredibly uneven footing with big chunky blocks off ice, snow drifts, and even some slush, so I wasn’t sure what each step would entail.

I slowly step into what appears to be packed snow and ice. A steady so slow crunching takes place as my foot breaks through each layer of the various types of ice, snow, and slush. Suddenly, I’m thigh deep in Lake Superior with both legs.

It was a shallow area very close to the beach, but my feet certainly didn’t hit bottom. I used my elbows and forearms to gain leverage out of my little hole in the ice. Quickly, I snapped a photo with my 85mm lens, which would have shown more with a wider lens. Rather than switching I decided I would rush the half-mile back to my car.

My car starts up, playing from my phone the Bluetooth radio kicks on. The very first song, “Break On Through” by The Doors.

Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side
Break on through, yeah

Mom, I’ll be more careful.

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.