On Sunday morning I headed out early in hopes of catching a good sunrise. I beat the alarm, getting out of bed just before 4:00am. Dawn was to arrive at 4:30, with sunrise following at 5:00. Dawn can sometime be even better than actual sunrise. That was certainly the case this morning.
I headed off without knowing where I was actually going to go. My plan was to go somewhere in New Gloucester, simply because I wanted to hit the flower garden at Pineland Center after the sun came up. But as I headed south on the turnpike, I could already see a bit of color on the horizon in my rear-view mirror. So, since I didn’t really know where I wanted to be for sunrise in New Gloucester, I got off the pike in Auburn and headed back towards Lewiston along Washington Street. Still, I didn’t know where I would end up, but at least I could see the progression of the dawn.
I turned off Washington onto Hackett Road, and then onto Broad Street, heading towards New Auburn. This would take me along the Little Androscoggin River. I was hoping I could find a spot at the river’s edge where I could capture the sky and it’s reflection in the water. Unfortunately this was not to be. So now I knew where I had to go; the top of the hill on Broad Street, overlooking New Auburn. I had taken photos here before, so I knew the view was a good one, and as I got to my destination I could see that the view I wanted lined up perfectly with the dawn sky that was beginning to take on some good color. Now the stage was set.
I parked the truck and got my equipment out and set up. Then I left the camera on the tripod and walked around a bit to find the best angle. Fortunately, there wasn’t any traffic here at 4:45, because for the most part I was standing in the middle of the street. But not a single car came by the entire time I was there. As the minutes passed the sky just kept getting better. As usual, I worked many different compositions of the same scene, because you never know which one will work best, or which one serves a different purpose.
As it got closer to the scheduled 5:00 sunrise I couldn’t help but think the scene before me would be even more spectacular once the sun hit the horizon… I could hardly wait. So I kept trying different angles; even moving to get an image of St. Patrick’s church against the paisely sky. But as 5:00 arrived, the color in the sky simply faded away. It got so cloudy that the sun never even made an appearance. Once the dawn color disappeared the show was over. But what a show! So I packed up my gear and drove around looking for another interesting subject, in the hope that the sun would make a dramatic break through the clouds. But alas it was not to be. The sun never made an appearance until around 7:30. But that’s alright; I got what I was after.
By the way, I never did get down to the Pineland flower gardens.
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