Connecticut Sunrise – Part 2
My first morning in Connecticut I got my camera up at 5:30 and headed out to the dock area near the hotel to capture the sunrise coming over the horizon. I had wandered the hotel’s grounds and a nearby park the evening before so I knew I wouldn’t have to venture too far from the hotel and civilization to find a great spot to view the sunrise. If you missed those shots, you can check them out here.
While I was there I very nice gentleman stopped to watch the sunrise and enjoy his morning coffee. We chatted for about 1/2 an hour during which time he described to me an area that would allow me to capture the sunrise along with the protected marshes nearby. I went back to my room and Google Mapped the area – this was one of the few times I would have Internet during the trip – and was able to figure out where he was speaking of and how to get there.
However, not being familiar with the area I knew I needed to check it out beforehand. I knew that venturing into an unknown area at 5:30AM was NOT a good idea!!! So during some free time that afternoon I took the car and found the spot he’d been speaking of. Turns out it’s a city park (so I wouldn’t be trespassing) and the park is adjacent to the city’s composting center – an area getting a lot of use at the time due to the Hurricane Irene destruction. So I decided it would be safe enough to visit in the early dawn hours.
Boy was I right!! A local policeman must’ve seen my car traveling down the road that ended at this park and I wasn’t there five minutes before he came to see what I was up too!! Once he realized I wasn’t a miscreant and was just there to take pictures he was very nice and told me to have fun. And I did. While the sunrise wasn’t as spectacular as it was the morning prior, the clouds and the colors bouncing off the clouds offered a different sort of sunrise that should also be enjoyed!!