Road to Watch Hill Light
Road to Watch Hill Light

This is the first of my sunrise photo excursions where I went alone. I needed to get there a bit earlier as one has to walk about 10-15 minutes down a semi private road in order to get to the lighthouse. It has been years since I was last in Watch Hill and I have never been to the lighthouse so, I was not sure what to be expecting. Once I was in Watch Hill, walking down the road to the lighthouse, past the slumbering homes, after the last bend in the road, there was the lighthouse on its small peninsular, surrounded by the sea. The last of the winter’s snows are all but gone.

Skies over Watch Hill
Skies over Watch Hill

As I waited for dawn to break, the fast moving skies kept my attention. the colors in them were amazing. In the distance, I could see to the south east, ┬áBlock Island, and to the south west,Fisher’s Island, NY. To the immediate west of the lighthouse is Connecticut, across the mouth of the Pawcatuck River. There was a strong, steady wind coming down Long Island Sound and with dawn fast approaching, I had to scramble to find a good spot out of the wind to set up for the sunrise.

When I looked to the north, with the lighthouse now behind me, i saw an amazing site which made me pause for a few moments, long enough to take a few photos. With the skies being lit up from the soon approaching sun, there was enough light to make out all the fine homes on Watch Hill.

Homes of Watch Hill
Homes of Watch Hill

The largest of them, and the highest of the lot, is a large white house owned by singer Taylor Swift. She must have some pretty amazing views from that vantage point. What made me stop and take a few photos was the sky. I loved the contrast between the bright yellow/orange from the sun and the much darker, purple/magenta clouds. And I could also make out some falling rain way off in the distance. It was such a peaceful scene, yet such drama.

Dawn At Watch Hill
Dawn At Watch Hill

Now came the magic moment, the sun breaking the horizon. Such an amazing sight. It’s funny, we see the sun in the sky all day long and for the most part, it looks pretty much stationary but at daybreak, each second, one can the sun’s rapidly changing┬áposition as it races away from it’s hiding place from under┬áthe horizon and quickly thrusts its way into the sky. The colors this morning were magical as well. The temperature was well below freezing – and I hate to think what the wind chill was but scenes like this certain can warm the coldest of people, I’m sure.

And there is the photo I am most proud of from this photo shoot. As I took the photo, as well as when I touched it up later at home, I had the song ‘Morning Has Broken‘ by Cat Stevens playing in my head.

Morning Has Broken
Morning Has Broken
Sunrise at Watch Hill

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