LOCATION :: A Birthday Sunrise


Sunrise Beach Lifeguard Stand by Chip Bunnell Photography

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Thursday…a day like many others.  It does not have quite the fanfare of, say a Friday and chants of TGIF, or Saturday for a wild night on the town or even a relaxing Sunday morning brunch.  Wednesday is at least hump day leading to the weekend and Monday has the title of being the single most dreaded day of the week.  No, Thursday is simply a day to hold a place when completing a 7 day week.  So what makes this normally uncelebrated Thursday so special?  Well, its my birthday.

This special morning, my wife gave me the wonderful gift of watching the sunrise together on our favorite beach.  As the sun peaked above the horizon, it lit the clouds and cast a soft golden glow on all it touched.  A soft tropical breeze blew upon our faces.  One by one I made my images and thought that this sunrise seemed a little more special.

It was a mark in time to reflect on my past and ponder my future.  Today is not a significant milestone such as 18, 40 or even 50, but it is a time to reflect and set goals to reach before the next milestone reaches my door.  What seemed so distant, now seems so close.  It is a realization that time is a precious gift that cannot be wasted or taken for granted.  Like this iconic Delray lifeguard stand, I show a bit of wear, but plan on being here for many years to come.

Mostly, on this normally uncelebrated day of the week, I am grateful for my loving wife, supportive family, dear friends and all those that have touched my path and helped shape who I am today.  This, this first sunrise of my new year is the start of many wonderful adventures, challenges and successes to come!

Photo Stuff:  3 Frame HDR Image.  Processed in LR, PS and Topaz Clarity