May 17, 2019

Split Rock Lighthouse at 5:29am

Sunrise from Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, MN

Sunrise 137 of 365

  • Sunrise time: 5:29
  • Azimuth: 60°
  • Did the sun rise: Yes
  • Was the sun visible: Not quite


  • 85mm
  • f/14.0
  • 1/100 sec
  • 320


Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, MN

47° 11' 52" N, -91° 22' 25" W

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Musings [276 words]

This is exactly the morning and day I’ve needed. It’s been too long since I’ve slept in a tent. I hope my life brings me back to this place many times over.

Split Rock Lighthouse was a destination I had been wanting to get to for years. I romanticized about it. Though I never did see the sun that morning, it certainly did not disappoint. It was the fifth (of now seven) consecutive year of chasing the first sunrise of the new year along the Great Lakes. And it was a lonely experience in Duluth in 2017 that would later directly inspire this project, photographing every single one. I wasn’t thinking about any of that when I woke up at twilight with the lighthouse just a few steps from view.

January 1, 2017 from Split Rock Lighthouse


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.