Daybreak – Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

This weekend I saw the sun rise and I was grateful. I participated in a photo shoot with two professional photographers, Margo Pinkerton and Arnie Zann, of  “Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures”.  I learned a great deal about low light photography and creating interesting landscapes. My friends at the Kiawah Island Photo Club helped make the morning enriching and fun. 

We had a wonderful time catching the first light of day on the beach and were thankful for the low tide and reflections, interesting clouds, the foam on the waterline, the migrating birds and the glorious colors of a Kiawah Island sunrise. I don’t do this often enough and the challenge is worth the reward!


“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.”~ Rumi



Early Morning Reflections

Early Morning Reflections



“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson



Sunrise Ripple

Sunrise Ripple



“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”~Ansel Adams




Sand and Sun

Sand and Sun


“The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years.” ~Thomas Jefferson




Water's Edge

Water’s Edge


“The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting”~Andy Warhol



Patterns at Dawn

Patterns at Dawn



“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”~William Shakespeare



Sun Is Up

Sun Is Up


Please click here for more daybreak images.


Here’s a link to Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures and to the Kiawah Island Photo Club.


I’ve submitted this post to Let’s Be Wild  for the weekly photo challenge, Reflections. 

Categories: Landscapes, Nature, Photography, Sunrise, Sunset, Travel, Weekly Photo ChallengeTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Stunning 🙂 to be out early in the morning is magickal to experience and capture the sun rising so magnificently would take my breath away 🙂

  2. It’s so relaxing and refreshing to see the sun rise and the water reflections. Even just looking at the photos has an effect.

  3. Beautiful pictures, Jane! I like the first and third most.

  4. Along with #1, My fav is # 3 in the set of 21 images – – that mysterious little extra puff of darkness adds to the overall beauty for me. They are all so gorgeous. Love the various foreground ocean-created sand patterns you captured too. diane

    • Diane, I appreciate your thoughts on these images. I think the darkness and depth does add to the mystery of the morning. Thank you so much for letting me know! Thanks for visiting my web site to see the whole set.

  5. Every one of those glorious photos had the wow factor, I can visualise them on a very large canvas, they would light up any area

  6. They’re all beautiful but I like the first one best, with the most reflection in it.

  7. OMG, Jane! That first one is like seeing the hand of GOD! Wow, these are really spectacular and put your old sunrise shots in the dust. And that is saying a lot, since those were amazing. you are my hero.

    On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 11:55 AM, Jane’s Lens

  8. Spectacular!! Thanks for the reminders of our beautiful island.
    Ann Spencer

  9. this shoot is so exciting…what a wonderful ‘wake-up’ the first day of mem mem……thank you for calming my spirit…..I shall BREATHE while visualizing the sun rises……

  10. Thanks for the early rising…beautiful.

    Sharon Buehler

  11. stunning photos! remind me of our morning sunrises on LBI….so looking forward to our return and those mornings that glow and light up the house in pinks/oranges etc…love that soft gentle light……..also, your skies remind me of our sunsets here in Tucson….spectacular colors and awesome patterns….nature is perfection and you have captured it! Hugs, Barbie

  12. I can hear and smell it!! 🙂 nice!!

  13. Beautiful shots, Jane! Love it! Especially the first one, love all the detail.

  14. Jane, beautiful images of what nature offers us every day & thanks for being awake!!

  15. Your photos are just magic ! Especially the first one … // Maria

  16. These are all outstanding Jane! So glad you were up early to capture this, I’m more of a sunset guy so seeing this is a real treat!

  17. Your photography is gorgeous Jane – I love sunsets/sunrises and these images are wonderment’s!

  18. These are magnificent.. Hard for me to pick out a favorite! Linda

  19. You’ll remember this day for a very long time. Great shots!

  20. These are all spectacular! Thinking about getting up a little earlier. k

  21. Stunning! Our day started rainy, so what a fantastic alternative!

  22. Gorgeous images, Jane.

  23. Lucky you!!! Fabulous photos – great way to start my day.

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