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fifty-two on fridays: [41] morning

“Watching the sun rise over the ocean is making it easy for me to wake up and get out of bed.
I’m not jumping up to take a shower or go to work. I’m jumping up to greet the majesty of the day, of God, of me.
The majesty reminds me that God’s in his heaven … and so am I. And, heaven is a lovely place to start the day, a lovely place to live.” ~ Jan Denise

Last Tuesday, I had an appointment in L.A.  I wanted to avoided the morning traffic, so I left my house in Arroyo Grande before 5am.  I shot this right when the sun was rising at a vista point on the 101 freeway, just south of Santa Barbara.  I remember having a lot of thoughts while taking this photo because there was so much to take in… the colors of the sky, the lone sailboat, the red lights of the cars on the freeway, the telephone poles, the fog, the water…  yet at the same time, it was quite simple.  Just a snapshot of the Pacific Ocean at sunrise.  I closed my eyes for a second and thanked God for a beautiful morning and a new day and promised myself I would wake up to see the sunrise at least a few times during the year.  (This is a big promise because everyone knows I am a night owl, haha)

I’m excited to see what images my friends have made for this week’s theme.  Let’s head on over to a place I used to live 7 years ago and see what Shannon Harrison | Temecula, CA Photographer has in store for us.  Enjoy your morning!!


Shannon Harrison - So serene and beautiful. Glad you were able to enjoy this bit of morning. :)

Jasmine - Amazing, Gina! You rock my world!

Sara T - Breathtaking. I love the dusty color in the far background. Is that Catalina Island?

Val Spring - Oh seriously, Gina! You are killing me. It looks like you will have to print some more canvases in the very near future… BTW, how did the last ones turn out?

Gretchen - Wow, stunning, how lucky you are to live in a place like that.

jules - so glad you had a reason to be up at the butt crack of dawn to get this shot! gorgeous!

elizabeth pellette - this shot is amazing… makes me wish I lived in California more and more

breeze - This is breathtaking! I love it so much.

Jennifer N - Does every single one of your images have to be so breathtaking? GEEZ!

Stephanie Moore {Tucson AZ Photographer} - That is so beautiful Gina, I want to be there right now I need some relaxation!

Jen from Windy Ridge - breathtaking!

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