Sunrises always bring a sense of hope, of starting anew, of beginnings. It’s the start of a new day, and the light and warmth from the sun seem to warm your soul as well as your body.
This photograph of a sunrise was taken at North Topsail Beach on Topsail Island, North Carolina. I had researched the sunrise times online, and made it a point several times on my vacation to take a walk along the beach and observe the splendor of the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.
At the moment this picture was taken, the sun had reached a point in the sky where it appeared to turn the ocean a rich gold. The sight was mesmerizing, and I whipped out my camera in hopes of doing the scene justice. Initially, I was disappointed to see that there was a man walking along the beach in front of me, and that he would surely be in the photo. But upon reviewing the picture later, I found his presence to complete it. The one trail of footprints from where he had walked demonstrate exactly how solitary the moment was, and how – despite being alone – he was walking forward, into the sunrise and into a new day. Continue reading