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  • “You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it's going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.” -  Robert M. Pirsig⁠
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  • “Every man ought to be inquisitive through every hour of his great adventure down to the day when he shall no longer cast a shadow in the sun. For if he dies without a question in his heart, what excuse is there for his continuance?” – Frank Moore Colby⁠
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  • “When it hurts - Observe⁠
Life is trying to teach you something.” -  Anita Krizzan⁠
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  • “It’s autumn, the very carnival of transience; the roses have an inflamed flush, their blood-red colour tinged with a wonderfully hectic hue.” -  Knut Hamsun⁠
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  • “And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” -  Oscar Wilde⁠
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  • "Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all." -  Stanley Horowitz

I had a weekend free without a wedding during the fall season and I knew I had to take advantage of that.  I opted to turn my car north looking for colors.  Either bad timing, late color changes or simply just missing them, I found myself jumping around the Lake Superior coastline waking up for sunrises instead to photograph some more traditional scenes that I had never done myself.

After missing Split Rock a couple of times from waking up too late or bad date planning, I finally made it.  This was the second to last day of the trip and last morning of photography.  I was set up in position long before sunrise, completely dedicated to not missing a thing.

Indecisiveness crept in as I wondered if I had the right spot.  At a time when you don't know that you'll get to come back again, ever, you want to nail it the first time.  Best case scenario is I get to try a fall sunrise again next year.  A WHOLE YEAR away!

Then I took the sunrise photos and thought to myself...meh.  They were alright.  It was a beautiful morning and I was layered up so I could simply sit and enjoy the start of the day.  But my images did not blow my mind.  I had seen a man's image from another vantage earlier that week on social media so I sought out some pools in the rocks to try and get a reflection now that I had my safety sunrise shot.

What I found were some wild waves instead.  No still water here, and I thought to myself, "Let's try something." I got closer and closer to the waves, loving the way the sun burst through them at its early morning angle.  They weren't huge but of the nice, medium variety that didn't overpower the rest of the scene.  This last wave you see here would eventually round past the rock...and completely over the top of me.

That's when I called it.  Wet, but happy, I walked back to my car to make pancakes in the parking lot.  It had been a great road trip, and I felt like a million bucks just knowing I'd done something I'd always wanted to do.  To go solely on a trip for the purpose of making pictures..
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