Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #122: The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow

Sunrise in the town of Castine Maine

This has probably been the year that many of us have asked ourselves this question: What more can happen? We’ve endured a devastating pandemic, far-reaching forest fires, civil unrest, and the election (contested as it still is) of the 46th President of the United States that exposed our divisiveness. But through it all, the sun has indeed come up each day.

Fall morning, Cadillac Mountain, Maine

So where in the U.S. does the sun come up first?

According to a USA Today report the sun comes up first (at least from October 7th to November 29th) in Maine — on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.

Sunrise on Cadillac Mtn, Acadia National Park

Early risers greet the day with a panorama that defies description. And the sun puts on a show — creeping over the vast landscape while reaching its fingers over the waters of Frenchman Bay and out to the Atlantic, highlighting the rounded, bare rocks of Cadillac.

Sunrise, Cadillac Mtn, Acadia National Park

For some it’s a time of contemplation, for assessing one’s state in life in the midst of an overwhelming natural expanse. And for planning the future — or at least thinking about it.

Meditation on Cadillac Mtn, Acadia National Park

But for us, during a month when we greeted Ol’ Sol each morning in nearby Castine, Maine, it was a time of reflection and renewal. Sunrise unfolded like clockwork in the Bay of Castine where we stood at the harbor, watching gentle rays emerge from the forests, barely peeking over the landscape.

Sunlight washed over boats — all boats — indiscriminately.

And it shone on buildings, nudging them to wakefulness and productivity and leisure.

Sunrise over Castine businesses on the water

Yes, the sun came up at every “tomorrow” in Maine, just as it will continue to do in all places this coming year no matter what comes our way: virus, forest fires, civil unrest, changes in the stock market, another wave of quarantine for everyone, and yes, the election of a new President.

Harbor sunrise, Castine, Maine

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

Eleanor Roosevelt
Bravo boat, Castine Maine

Many thanks to Ana of Anvica Photos for this meaningful, timely challenge this week. If you click on her post, you will see thoughtful responses from other bloggers. And if you want to participate in this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, link your blog to her post and add Lens-Artists to your tags.

Wishing all of you a hopeful future even with the challenges before us. After all, we are resilient and resourceful.

And the sun will come up tomorrow.

Rusha and Bert

25 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #122: The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow

  1. Ana

    Wonderful post with beautiful images and words!

    And to your first question, what more can happen? My boss keeps saying that all that’s left is for aliens to invade us… I hope he’s wrong! 😉

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks so much for the compliment. Maine is a favorite place for us as well. And a photographer’s heaven. Did you know that the magazine Down East holds photo sessions with professional photographers. I’m trying to see how I can wrangle another trip up north to do that!

      1. WanderingCanadians

        I didn’t know that Down East holds photo sessions with photographers, sounds like that would be such a neat experience. And now I’m really craving a Downeast cider! Take care.

  2. Anonymous

    Hey there! Your photos are just breath taking and amazing!!! It’s like traveling through your pictures! Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  3. Tina Schell

    Wonderful post Rusha – you’ve chosen one of my favorite places as your location for the post – it is so serene there as the sun lights the harbor one boat at a time. Loved your thoughtful message and beautiful images – may the sun give us a at least a few moments of respite each day!

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      We’re having some unseasonably warm weather this week. And the light coming through our golden and red and orange trees lifts my spirits. Your heartfelt message in your blog was beautifully expressed. I do believe in the positive, so good times are either ahead or how we make them. Thanks for taking a look.

  4. Toonsarah

    A great response to this theme! We spent a few days in Bar Harbor many years ago and loved Acadia National Park, but I didn’t realise that was where the sun first rose on the US.

  5. maristravels

    Yes, it will and it does beautifully in your images. Thanks for reminding us that nature is still there in all her glory and that we should stand back every so often and just look and admire.

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