WPC: The temporary orange of sunrise in Maine

First glow of sunrise at Castine harbor with deep orange colors and a hint of fog.

First glow of sunrise at Castine harbor with deep orange colors and a hint of fog.

Our stay in Castine, Maine afforded us a scant view of the harbor if we stood on tiptoe in the upstairs bedroom and peered out the window. But even that was enough to alert us to the mood of the morning.  If we could see the harbor bathed in orange light, we worked quickly, throwing on jeans and fleeces to hurry down to the waterfront.  After all, the show wouldn’t wait for us.

All sunrise watchers know the temporary nature of the event.  And that holds in Castine as well as at the beach, in the mountains, or in a neighborhood.  It just doesn’t last long.  Or at least not long enough.

From dark orange to lighter yellow-orange, the temporary nature of sunrises creates a show of its own.

From dark orange to lighter yellow-orange, the temporary nature of sunrises creates a show of its own.

The first deep orange glow seemingly turns pale in an instant.  But what you watch for is the sequence of orange gradations moving from dark to light one shade at a time. Boats change colors.  Birds lighten up.  And you find yourself scanning the landscape to take it all in.

A boat is silhouetted by the orange-turned-pink sunrise in Castine, Maine.

A boat is silhouetted by the orange-turned-pink sunrise in Castine, Maine.

In about half an hour, the warm reddish orange glow of sunrise in Castine turns to tangerine and then to melon before the sun’s golden rays peek over the horizon.  And the water, awash in oranges and roses and yellows, finally turns to blue as boats get on with the business of the day.

Facing the day, awash in morning light:  the Maine Maritime Academy teaching boat in Castine harbor

Facing the day, awash in morning light: the Maine Maritime Academy teaching boat in Castine harbor

There’s nothing to do when it’s over except hope for a repeat performance the next day.  It’s all so temporary!

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About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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28 Responses to WPC: The temporary orange of sunrise in Maine

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  4. krithya G says:

    Lovely pictures. I love how amidst the sun rising, the birds flying, the boats sailing, the sky changing, the fog silently disappears, almost unnoticed. 🙂

    • I wish I had taken more videos with sound, because the gulls and other birds made for an exciting time each morning. It really was quite the show to start our day. Thanks for stopping to take a look and make a comment.

  5. Irene says:

    What a beautiful sunrise!

  6. arv! says:

    Stunning set of pictures! I love sunrise shots and I usually post them on my blog (for Friday skywatch) as well as on my Instagram

    • Thanks for letting me know about your Instagram account. I’m loving that social media. It’s easy to post something each day because I don’t have to write a blog about it. So, yes, it’s fun to do. Plus, I get to see where everyone is going and what they’re doing in an instant. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  7. Valentina says:

    In nature one must capture the moment. This is a beautiful orange.

  8. dawnkinster says:

    LOVE the light on that tugboat!

    • Thanks so much, Dawn, for your comment. We loved how the morning light bathed even the dirtiest old boats with a fresh new look each day. I know now that I could definitely get used to living on a harbor in Maine. Sigh.

  9. I really liked the soft light of the early morning sun on the teaching boat, Rusha. Great photo. –Curt

    • Thanks for taking a look at my harbor sunrises. We loved this teaching boat. It left a few mornings each week with students on it. We were able to sail on The Bowdoin, a two-masted schooner also used for teaching. And that was a big thrill to this Tennessee girl!

  10. Noos2mee2 says:

    I live in Maine. Castine is beautiful! Nice photos!

    • Most places we visited in Maine were gorgeous — from the well-known to the little-known towns and harbors. We tried to get out each day and just drive, sometimes with a destination, sometimes not. You’re fortunate to see the beauty every day.

    • Thanks so much for looking at our pictures. We love to relive a trip by going through all of them, and I must admit I do take too many. But sometimes it’s fun to snap away, even though it means hours of culling later! Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Ester says:

    Beautiful pictures!!

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