Driving at Dawn

I had a busy Saturday planned. I had an assignment to do some travel writing at a destination about 2 hours north of my home. The festival started at 8 a.m. with a tour of a National Wildlife Refuge, then a 10 o’clock workshop on nature photography by the Refuge Artist in Residence, and an afternoon trip to a cranberry bog. Plus a chicken dinner and the unveiling of this year’s edition of Whooper Brew after the bog trip.

(Hint: I went to the Crane Fest held in Necedah, Wisconsin, and I’ll share some stories and a few photos on the cranberries, the beer, and the whooping cranes in a later post.)

I haven’t been sleeping well for some unknown reason, and so when the alarm rang at 5:30 this morning I was none too excited. I managed to drag myself out of bed after getting maybe 2 hours of sleep, and I was rather grumbly as I got in the car. It was foggy and gray, and I was relieved I didn’t have to do the driving.

Wisconsin Countryside at Dawn

Wisconsin Countryside at Dawn © 2008

And then I blinked open my eyes as the skies lightened. Wow! I woke up pretty darn fast.

Wisconsin Farm at Dawn

Wisconsin Farm at Dawn © 2008

I fumbled around in the back seat until found my camera. Needless to say, we didn’t make it to the festival at the appointed time.

And Finally, A Rearview Mirror Sunrise

And Finally, A Rear View Mirror Sunrise © 2008

Finally, after we pulled over to the side of the road for the fifth time for just “one more photo,” the sun actually appeared, and the dawn was over – so we could get on with our drive.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Gorgeous photos, Bo! That first one is to die for!

  2. Wow…I know what you mean. When I get distracted with such beauty,and go into Zen Time, the “real-world-time” gets set aside.

    Worth every minute!

    Looking forward to hearing about the festival!

  3. absolutely beautiful

  4. A magic moment to savour

  5. I love the first two shots… beautiful. If I had a choice to make any changes I would crop the bottom of the first and remove the road.

    Looks like the E-3 colors are right up there with the E-1. It’s good to see since they made a major sensor change.

  6. Ron in L.A. says:

    Beautiful Bo, just beautiful…

    R(etc… )

  7. Stunning sunrise and early morning colors. WOW!

  8. That first photo especially is stunning!

  9. Superbe, la couleur est merveilleuse, nous nous croyons dans un monde paradisiaque !
    Superb, the color is beautiful, we believe in paradise on earth!

  10. Bo..these are exquisite! You sound like you have too many irons in the fire (as my Grandma Bessie likes to say)! ‘Tis a good thing you paused to experience this beautiful sunrise.
    We all need such moments to renew our energies.

    Thank you for sharing your morning magic.

    Good energies and many more “moments of stillness” to you.

  11. Great pictures. I love the color play, and I love the sunrise showing in the rearview mirror. What a great idea!

  12. You certainly got the worm on Saturday morning – beautiful shots.

  13. I concur with quinncreative…Beautiful sunrise

  14. Beautiful captures! There is nothing like a awesome sunrise to shake the cobwebs out! The fog does help with sunrise colors too. We had a similar early morn experience. Stunning. I especially love the first photo. 🙂

  15. That was a morning worth waking up for.

  16. The wisconsin farm one is stunning.

    The day you had planned sounds really fun to me.

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