Dawn from an East-Facing Balcony in SydneyWelcome to the first dawnwatch report. I've started with the last photographic dawn of summer - 29 February was, alas, a washout. And I'll be working backwards datewise because after some checking I've found the first week of photographs are pretty terrible, actually. The idea of making videos out of the pictures only struck me at the end of February, hence I know my recent dawn photos are more suitable for same. The earlier dawns, well, I'll find out what I can salvage as I work my way backwards.
Lobster Dawn: Tuesday, 28 February 2012
For today, there’s the gap on the horizon, and the storm clouds have developed pink varicose veins. All right, not the nicest of analogies, but I call them as I see them. The sky was full of brooding menace, clouds loaded with rain and ready to dump. After previous disappointments with similar pre-dawn skies, I had serious doubts that anything further would develop.
It didn’t last. The colour faded and washed away very rapidly, until if you rose from your slumbers at 7am, you would have missed it. As the final pictures show, if your first glimpse of the day out of the window or on your way to work was at any time from 7am onwards, you would have seen a bleak dawn, a grey dawn, a cool morning with the threat of rain.
Looking at the last pictures, where the sun rises through the oak tree, would you ever have guessed at the giant lobster and the golden river that had lit up the skies earlier? Did this day, Tuesday 28 February 2012, begin for you as a bleak grey day, or one inspired by pink veins of promise, a fiery red lobster, and a river of pure molten gold?
Anyway, if you skipped the book, as they say, you can catch up with the movie on YouTube here.
Souvenir posters and mugs of this dawn are available from the Gagothicfunk store at Zazzle.com as displayed below:
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