Brief Form Post #14 — Early May Sunset and Sunrise at Joe Wheeler State Park

I am pleased to post the 14th of my new GBH Brief Form Posts to my website (Less than three-minutes to read! Not including the brief video). I tend to get a bit long-winded with my routine Posts. I don’t want my enthusiasm for thoroughness and detail to discourage readers. So I will publish the brief Posts regularly.

I visited Alabama’s Joe Wheeler State Park the evening of May 10, 2023. I focus this Brief Post on the spectacular dawn and sunrise May 11 from the pier at the Park’s Lodge pier.

Early in my career I reported to a WWII veteran who set our starting time at 7:00 AM (which translated to 6:45!), at our Working Circle Forest office and shop deep within one of our company owned tracts 40 minutes from our first apartment. I’ve been addicted to dawn ever since.

I awoke May 10 by 4:30 and stood at the pier by 5:30 AM, when I snapped this dawn image to the east, looking beyond the Park marina.



Twelve minutes later I recorded this 2:22 video. I can’t recall capturing a more complete dawn video. I can’t imagine a more compelling combination of sky, clouds, light, and sounds — serenity, tranquility, and peace!


By 5:57 AM, dawn showed signs of progressing toward sunrise.

 Joe WSP


By 6:08 AM I officially observed the rising sun!



I accept the challenge of distilling these Brief-Form Posts to a single distinct reflection. Sometimes, I borrow such a reflection from the truly great conservation minds of antiquity, for no matter how hard I try, I am unable to best those whom I have followed and revered across my seven-plus decades. In this case, it is Leonardo da Vinci who captured the moment 500 years ago:

  • Of the original phenomena, light is the most enthralling.

Inhale and absorb Nature’s elixir. May Nature Inspire, Inform, and Reward you!


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