When The Sun Doesn’t Always Rise

A three-day weekend has so many possibilities. For me it was finely a chance to try to catch the sunrise over Diamond Head from the park overlooking Pearl Harbor. Saturday found me up in plenty of time. With my four dogs all circled around me I walked through the house getting ready.

I found myself slowing down. My first problem was I was still  in my pajamas. The next was talking to my pack and listening to them (in my head) plead with me not to leave them alone.

Before I knew it I was out in the yard cleaning up messes, then checking messages on my phone, and computer. By the time I had put all of the dog’s food and supplements together I had barely time to look up and when I did I could see the clouds turning pink. I had totally missed my window of time to photograph the sunrise.

But there were the big waves at Haleiwa I could photograph. That was another challenge on my list. Then my daughter came downstairs and said she was going out with her dad shopping. I would have to lock up the dogs and leave them in their cages if I left the house. I couldn’t do it. I made my breakfast and settled in for another day of no accomplishments and the company of dogs.

I didn’t even think of doing anything for the next day. It was just to hard.

But today, Sunday, arrived at the same time and place it always does. Right outside my window. I woke up at 5:15 AM to the sound of Ka Mea (my pit bull) hacking up a pile of bamboo from the mass I had cut down a few days prior.

I jumped out of bed, flew to his cage, chased him to the door and outside he went along with the other two on his tail. Thankfully, Cadie, the boxer was sleeping upstairs. After Ka Mea gave the all clear, he came in and went back into his cage. The other two curled up in their places in my room and I climbed back into bed.

Nagging went through my head. I’ve plenty of time. Get dressed first. Don’t elaborate on the dogs food and for darned sure, don’t turn on the computer. And that is what I did.


Can you See Diamond Head? The closer I got in with my lens the more pixellated  it got. Ah something new has been added to my plate. Using the telephoto and getting clearer photos. Oh and I need a new tripod. Hmmm

I was in the park by 6:25 AM. Checking my phone I realized I was there a half hour too early. But I knew how long it took me to set up and do practice shots. The words of Rick Braveheart  TheGreatAmericanLandscape.com went through my head. He spoke of how many times he would go back to a place to watch the different elements in the surroundings he wanted to photograph. I hoped that I would just set up and get a lucky shot. (I fight too much to get outside and the thought of doing it over and over just overwhelmed me)

Well as it happened I never got the sunrise. It stayed cloudy and gray. The most energetic thing I saw was a cat scampering about the park looking for his partner who had run and hid behind a fence. So I took what I could and instead of heading home I decided to go and have a cup of coffee and work on this blog.

It was as though I had been slapped in the back of the head. I carried my cappuccino to my table and looked out the window of the cafe and darned if I didn’t see the sun rising over the horizon. It was 7:11. Yes the sun was to rise at 7:11 right on the dot. But I thought since it was light out while I was at the park that the sun had already risen and I’d missed it at 7:00 AM.


This was taken out the window of the Cafe. The sun had just began peeking over the horizon. The small body of water in front is Pearl Harbor


And as the sun rose quickly in the east I learned a lesson

I’ve arrived home. I open the door and Ka Mea, and my sheep dog Max, greet me at the door and before I know it they zoom past me and are running up and down the street before I can lay my things down. My daughter is out in her pajamas calling them as they rush by her. I’m out there like a crazy woman shaking their treat bag up and down in hopes they will stop long enough for me to catch them. And as they are finely rounded up I ask myself, why do I have such a hard time leaving them at home.

This getting out of the house thing has got to go and I will have to go with it. Yes Rick, I’m learning. All though slowly, I’m learning. I will  have to keep going back.

The sun may not have risen over Diamond Head but it rose. I may have missed that shot but I did get something. Hopefully there will be tomorrow to try again.


10 comments on “When The Sun Doesn’t Always Rise

  1. Oh Karen, you make me smile. I’m of course humbled by your words about my photo advice. Thank you. Most importantly though, I’m thrilled for your Diamond Head sunrise experience, in so many ways. It’s the rare person, who makes the effort to get out of bed in the dark and head outdoors with their camera gear. And, you did it. Congratulations. Also, although the sunrise there was hidden by the clouds, it was great experience not only in planning how to do it again and for being out in nature, but in finding what looks to be a good location for the next time. Although photographing an actual sunrise can be dramatic, some great photos are possible starting as early as 45 minutes before, and lasting 30 minutes or so after sunrise. So maybe if you give those four kids of yours some extra treats, they’ll let you stay out longer. I’m happy to see, as you said in the post, that “you are learning” but even happier to see that you’re doing it! By the way, those photos from the Cafe have a lovely peaceful, almost spiritual quality. Very nice!


  2. Sartenada says:

    How wonderful photos. I have never seen yellow sunrise photos and I have to say I love them.


  3. Janice says:

    Karen, your photos of that wonderful yellow sunrise are just gorgeous! Especially that last one – I love it! So pleased you managed to make it out of the house! x


  4. megtraveling says:

    Your pictures are just lovely – nice job!


  5. The view and sunrise from the café was just very great, karen. Luck you not only to see such a beautiful sunrise, but to make very beautiful photos of it. Congratulations! 🙂


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