Worth waking up early for

Going on vacation and maintaining a photography blog causes a huge dilemma for me. When you are taking hundreds of photos every day but you are so busy sightseeing and having fun that you only have time to do a quick post at the end of the day, how the heck do you decide which photo to post? 🙂

Isle of Palms is an absolute dream!  For two mornings in a row now, Mike and I have dragged our butts out of bed while it was still dark and rushed down to the beach to capture the sunrise.  I would have loved to sleep in a bit, but as the pinks and oranges began to creep up from the horizon, I realized that a sunrise over the ocean would be well worth waking up early for, and was it ever!!!  I couldn’t stop snapping pictures.  This morning after the sun had risen, Mike and I went back inside to grab some breakfast, and then we headed right back out to walk the beach for a couple of hours searching for treasures and great photo ops.  Here is one of the first shots that I took yesterday morning which was just a teaser for what was to come.  It was still quite dark at this point, but the colours were stunning!  Like I have said before, there is no better way to calm the soul in my mind than to watch a sunrise over the ocean.

Isle of Palms sunrise

That’s it for tonight because I am absolutely exhausted from all the bargain shopping we have been doing.  Yesterday we shopped some great sales and then today we visited the City Market in downtown Charleston which stretches for 4 city blocks.  It’s a great place to find an amazing variety of crafts and goods made by the locals.  Tomorrow we are heading to Johns Island near Charleston to see the famous Angel Oak Tree, a Southern live oak which is 1500 years old and stands 66.5 ft tall and measures 28 ft in circumference.

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25 Responses to Worth waking up early for

  1. RMW says:

    Good choice!

  2. dorannrule says:

    Ooooooh! I wanna be there too! That photo is fantastic with the reflection of the sun on the shore – like a painting. It’s worth framing – really! 🙂

  3. dogear6 says:

    We were hoping to get pictures like that last fall, but it rained every day we were in Charleston! It was so frustrating. We hope to go back this spring and do better.

    We went to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia in fall 2011 and I had the same problem with deciding what pictures to share because I took so many! I still haven’t edited or shared everything I got in Charleston and Savannah from last fall. Good luck with that – it ain’t easy to decide.


    • Well, at least I know that I will have lots of inspiration for my blog for quite a while now with all the photos I have taken LOL!! I sure hope that you get a chance to go back to Charleston and that the weather cooperates because the photo ops are endless!!

  4. beautiful – glad you are having a good time

  5. krikitarts says:

    Don’t worry at all about how many shots you make or about trying to keep up with everything now–there will be plenty of time to sort, digest, and process the new materials you’ve gathered after your return. Use the available time to the fullest to gather it all in. We can wait for you to share the best with us as your time and commitments allow. Just have all the fun you can!. BTW, that’s really a lovely sunrise!

    • Thanks Gary :). That’s what I love about digital photography – you can shoot hundreds or thousands of pictures and you don’t have to worry about dealing with them right away or how much it is going to cost to process them. It allows for wonderful creative freedom and really helps beginners like me experiment and learn. When I was here two years ago, every photo I took was in auto mode, but this time it has been manual all the way or AV I think for the sunrises. This is a great place to practice, that’s for sure. You’re right, I will have lots of time too share my photos when I get home, but I am trying to post at least one a day while we are her. I figure I might as well since we just sit around at night exhausted from exploring all day LOL!!

  6. bulldog says:

    Great capture.. and sounds like you’re having a great time… good to see no snow….

    • It’s funny because the locals still think it is a little chilly, while Mike and I think it’s perfectly balmy. Yesterday was actually quite warm, and it is so wonderful not to have to wear boots, winter coats, and mitts :).

  7. benzeknees says:

    Beautiful pic! It sounds like you are having a great time!

  8. minqan says:

    Great photo, beautiful place, sounds like you’re having good time. 🙂

  9. This is gorgeous Cindy. Sounds like
    you’re having an amazing time.

  10. J. G. Burdette says:

    What a super gorgeous photo! Sometimes I wished I lived on the East Coast. 🙂

  11. zannyro says:

    Whoa! Whoa! A 1500 year old tree!? Can’t wait to see it! GORGEOUS sunrise 🙂 ) 🙂

  12. TBM says:

    Wonderful! Have fun!

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