Sunrise from Peninsula Point Lighthouse, Rapid River, MI

Sunrise No. 366 of 1,600+

  • Sunrise time: 8:28
  • Azimuth: 123°
  • Did the sun rise: Yes
  • Was the sun visible: Yes


  • Felt like: 0 ºF
  • Air Temp: 7 ºF
  • Humidity: 91%
  • Wind: 3 mph


  • 17mm
  • f/16.0
  • 1/50 sec
  • 400


Peninsula Point Lighthouse, Rapid River, MI

64.0 mile commute

📍 45° 40' 4" N, -86° 58' 1" W

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Musings [148 words]

In hindsight…

As monumental as January 1, 2019 was to begin this journey, it is perhaps this day that is the most monumental day of these sunrise years.

One year was just that, and the project, appropriately named Year of the Sunrise, was supposed to come to a close. But it was on this drive to southern Upper Peninsula where I realized 2020 was a leap year, and I too, just as I had been telling everyone, could actually watch more sunrises in 2020 than I did in 2019.

This was the day the project flipped, from being a 365-day project, to being a project with no defined end. It was the realization of a potential 366 sunrises that lead to the eventual growth and recognition of this project in the public eye.

It was this day, when year of the sunrise turned into life of the sunrise.


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Normally, I wouldn’t be so liberal with the number of outtakes I publish, but being January 1, the most important date of this journey, it seems appropriate to share so many.

If it was any other day of the year, I’d likely choose one of these first two photos as the official selection. Though my selection process isn’t entirely rigid, this is a sunrise project, and I had a clear view of the horizon in the direction of the sun. These first two photos however are in the opposite direction of the sun.

The morning was a snowy walk in. I drove Little Blue in as far as I could, and was quite nervous if I’d actually be able to get out, especially if I had the space to around in the heavy wet snow where I parked.

Truthfully, this is likely my favorite photo of the batch, I fined it to the the “prettiest” and though it wasn’t long after sunrise, it’s simply not representative of the morning. This is where the process of editing photos grows in importance, and difficulty, as it wasn’t the place I really spent the majority of the morning, it wasn’t the destination, just a random pull off the road shot.