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West Texas Sunrise

by on Jul.31, 2010, under Photography

West Texas Sunrise

West Texas Sunrise, originally uploaded by DaveWilsonPhotography.

Often it’s worth the interrupted sleep to get up and out before sunrise. On our recent trip, I set the alarm early on three mornings and snuck out of our hotel room for a couple of hours shooting while the rest of the family slept. In Texas, this worked out fine – sunrise was at around 7am so it meant I didn’t have to get up at a completely ungodly hour – but New Mexico, where the clocks run an hour earlier, proved problematic. For Santa Fe, this was fine since the lighting was still rather excellent downtown at 6:45 or so when I arrived. The bigger problem, however, was at White Sands National Monument where the part is gated off until 7am, a full hour after sunrise.

If I return to White Sands, I think I will plan to go during springtime. That should allow the park opening time and sunrise to coincide and, if I’m lucky, may allow me to get there when the yucca plants are blooming.

For summer trips, however, west Texas offers a nicely timed sunrise allowing images such as this one to be captured without having to sacrifice too much sleep.

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