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.
So where in the U.S. does the sun come up first?
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.Eleanor Roosevelt
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