My Sunday morning started off when I was rudely awaken by an upset stomach at 3am. My alarm was set for 4am to get ready for my weekly sunrise journey. I figured since I was up I might a swell stay up. I'm not sure why I decided to leave the house at 4:45am, when the sunrise is at 6:55?! I knew I wanted to head over to either "the bus stop" or Waiahole, on the windward side of the island. It was going to be a pretty high tide, 2.2', so the boats at "the bus stop" would be bobbing up & down, even with barely no wind, not a good recipe for a long exposure. So off to Waiahole, I got there about 5:30am, almost a hour & a half wait before sunrise, way too early?!?!
I waited in my car listening to my podcast & checking social media. 6am came around & I started to gear up & walk out to find "the tree". The weather app told me that it was going to be cloudy & overcast but no rain, yeah! I found "the tree", stumbled my way around the rocks & roots backed up as far as I could go to get the entire tree within my frame. My vision was to have the tree appear to be growing in the middle of a lake. Now all I had to do was wait for the colors. The skies started to light up it with some amazing oranges, yellows, pinks & purples but only just above the horizon. The upper rain clouds were just too thick & heavy to let the colors fill the sky. After about 8 minutes the colors faded & everything seemed to turn into a dull blah grey, I waited for another 15-20 minutes hoping the clouds would part enough for the remaining colors to break free & reflect against the clouds, nope not this time. Packed up my gear & headed back to my car, my shorts were soaked again & my legs were cold, I really need to start bringing an extra pair of shorts with me.
Aloha a hui hou my friends!
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