Sunrise from Black Rocks, Marquette, MI

Sunrise No. 1,122 of 1,600+

  • Sunrise time: 8:20
  • Azimuth: 117°
  • Did the sun rise: Yes
  • Was the sun visible: Undeniably


  • Felt like: -20 ºF
  • Humidity: 68%
  • Wind: 7 mph
  • Wind gust: 10 mph


  • 17mm
  • f/20.0
  • 1/125 sec
  • 320


Black Rocks, Marquette, MI

2.8 mile commute

📍 46° 35' 34" N, -87° 22' 49" W

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Musings [43 words]

There are inspired mornings, and then there are mornings like this. The coldest it is, the more beautiful the sunrise. This one got me just as close as I’ve ever been to the feeling I had on January 1, 2019.

Happy Birthday Michigan!


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Some mornings are harder to edit than others. And some are especially difficult to edit. I took too many photos on this morning, but it was everything I wanted it to be.

If you look close toward the bottom, you’ll see a can of Twisted tea two-thirds buried in the snow. It’s trash. But that’s where this project is better classified as photojournalism than nature photography. This was the scene, as I came across it. Selecting a photo with the can keeps it authentic, while most nature photography centers around moving all the imperfections. But that doesn’t feel real to me.

Yes, I carted the trash out with me.

This image was my second choice. I love the fact that the leg of the tripod is in the image, especially with the glare of the sun shining on it. To get this photo I was in a precarious position where it was difficult to move or see through the viewfinder. I love that the tripod represents my experience of the morning, puts the presence of a person, me, in the frame, to go along with what I said in the notes above.

The non Twisted Tea version. It brings up a question, how many nature photos do we see where an element was not simply left out of the frame, but was entirely removed from the scene altogether?