A Balkan, MN Sunrise

Lately it feels like we have been mired in nothing but gloomy, cloudy and constantly snowing days. I’m sure it’s really not, but it feels like we’ve had way more long stretches of this weather than most other years I can recall. Either way, when you are buried in snow and seeing nothing but the flat gray monotone winter scenes it get’s a little exhausting.

So when the sun does decide to peek through it’s a jolt to the system and you can bet your backside that I’ll do whatever I can to get out and try to capture it. At the very least I’ll get out there and just enjoy feeling the sun on my face…and sometimes that is enough.

It really is amazing how, after a stretch of 10 days of nothing but gloomy weather, when the sun is out you just feel a little more alive. You feel like time is wasting and you need to be out in the sunlight doing something, anything, just to have a reason to enjoy it. That’s how I feel photographically most days, if I’m being totally honest. Doesn’t really matter if it’s gray and gloomy or not, as long as I have a little bit of time to sneak away with a camera I will do my best to come home with an image or two that I like. It’s strange really. As a teen and younger man I was a total night owl. I’d stay up until the wee hours of the morning, playing video games or watching movies or hanging out with friends. Then sleep until as close to noon as I could, provided I didn’t have to be at work or school. My weekends from Friday through Sunday were always sleep late and stay up late affairs. Even with hunting, I’d drag myself up early to go get in my stand before daybreak, but it was a struggle and I never really enjoyed being up early.

Somewhere along the way that changed. I went from staying up until 4am and sleeping until noon to going to bed earlier and getting up much much earlier. I’m still a night owl to a degree, most nights finally turning in around 11pm or midnight at the latest, but I’m up by daybreak. It’s this weird feeling I get, laying in bed and rolling over to peek out the window and if I see the first hints of light outside I feel like I need to get up and moving because daylight is burning and I don’t want to waste a minute of it. Plus, often in the mornings over the weekends I can get up early and go out to enjoy a couple hours of photography and have a little bit of that quiet reflection time to start my days. If I could ever get myself to go to bed a little earlier, I think I’d really enjoy waking up around 4:30 or 5am everyday and having a couple of hours of quiet time to myself to work on stuff.

But for now daybreak is my alarm clock on the weekends and that is how I found myself out chasing another sunrise, this time up in the Balkan Township area a little north of Chisholm, MN. Since I was out I took advantage of the time to make a few photographs I really like and of course took you guys along with me via video. But enough of me rambling on here, check out the video first and come along on a little adventure with me. Maybe it’s just me, but I always enjoy being able to see other photographers share the process of what they are trying to do to capture a scene and share a little more about what they were thinking/feeling/seeing in the scene that made them point a camera at it. I hope you guys enjoy the video and then of course the photos I made during the video will be just below.

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