Sunrise: Normandy Beach, NJ; May 4, 2014, 5:52AM

I had considered and rejected the idea of getting up for sunrise photos this Sunday. I was exhausted after a weekend of celebrating my niece and her new husband, and making the concordant travel, and general busy-ness. After the wedding, we visited two friends who have a beach house in Normandy (to extra-clarify, Normandy Beach NJ, not France), which was near the general area of wedding festivities. Awesome, right? A few days with the fam, and then a groovy night with friends. What could be better? We (as in George, said groovy friends, and I) wandered around a few different boardwalks, had some beers (including my first summer shandy of the season, joy!), found a nice bar in which we watched the Kentucky Derby (sorry, Wicked Strong, I was rooting for you!), then went out for dinner and stuffed ourselves silly. I am one of those people who needs downtime in order to recharge my batteries. I had none. I was beat. Sleep was my objective, not early rising.

Fate had other plans.

Something–and I swear, I don’t know what–woke me up at 5:20. And you know, you start to weigh options and make bargains. “If it’s even a little cloudy, I’m going back to sleep.”

It was clear.

OK, OK. “If it’s windy and cold, I’m going back to sleep.”

It was surprisingly warm(ish), and not windy at all.

Pffft. Hmm. OK. “If George isn’t willing to go with me, I’m going back to sleep.” (Please note: I’m not sure why that was important to me at 5:30 in the morning, but it was.)

George got right up and started getting ready to go. Bless his heart.

So, bejacketed and bleary-eyed, we walked five minutes up the road to the beach and climbed the newly installed sand berm to the much-beleaguered Jersey shore, and watched the sun come up. While I hesitate to say that something is “magical” because really, anyone who says that is hopelessly twee, I’ve got to say…I’m really glad I was there. The sunrise went a little like this:

Well, hello, bird.

Well, hello, bird. And charter boat. Thanks for being scenic.

Off to the side, houses keep watch.

Off to the side, houses keep watch.

That rock has waited a long time to be exactly in this position to see this sunrise.

That rock has waited a long time to be exactly in this position for me to photographically exploit. Thanks, rock!

And here it comes.

And here it comes.

It's relentless.

It’s relentless.

I mean, this all took place in what was only a matter of minutes, really.

I mean, this all took place in what was only a matter of minutes. We’re really whizzing around in space.

Oh noes! That ship!

Oh noes! That boat! It will never survive!

Suck it, Eye of Sauron. You've got nothing on this.

Suck it, Eye of Sauron. You’ve got nothing on this. (Plus, *chomp chomp eat ur boat*)

While I strive to love all my photos equally, I think this one is my favorite.

While I strive to love all my photos equally, I think this one is my favorite.

In psychotic weather news, two hours later it was overcast and drizzly.

Meanwhile in psychotic weather news, two hours later it was overcast and drizzly.

Or maybe this one's my favorite. I love the textures you can see.

Or maybe this one’s my favorite. I love all the textures you can see.

Even crazy silhouette guy likes a good sunrise.  (Full disclosure: it's George, in a hoodie.)

Even scary silhouette guy likes a good sunrise.
(Full disclosure: it’s George, in a hoodie. *phew*)

Almost free of the horizon line...

Almost free of the horizon line…

And there it goes! Le soleil, off into the yonder. Which I would say is wild blue but we can clearly see is seething orange.

And there it goes! Le soleil, off into the yonder. Which I would say is wild blue but we can clearly see is seething orange. I love that the waterline looks like liquid gold.

So. There you have it. Sunrise, Jersey shore style. There’s still so much work to do down there after Hurricane Sandy, but you know, lesson learned. This world of ours keeps on rolling along, and so must we.

Here’s a little Ellis Paul to play you out.

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8 responses to Sunrise: Normandy Beach, NJ; May 4, 2014, 5:52AM

  1. Michelle

    This has got to be my favorite Beyondpaisley blog yet! Absolutely beautiful!!!!

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  2. Jean Peterson

    Splendid photography! That was a sunrise worth getting up for–thanks for sharing it with us.

    On Tue, May 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM, beyondpaisley

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  3. Ann Keeler Evans.

    sun, sun, sun, here it comes! so gorgeous. ahhhh. thanks. i had a too early start today. this makes it great!

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    • beyondpaisley – Author

      You know, I need to set my alarm and catch a sunrise around here. It’s not like we don’t have tons of pretty scenery to work with.

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  4. vastlycurious.com

    Some of your best work! Just breath taking and making me crave the beach!

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