Last weekend I was fortunate to have some wonderful friends come visit for the weekend. As with all good friends, we picked up right where we left off, not remembering how long it had been since we’d seen each other last. In our travels for the weekend we managed to cover a lot of real estate in the Tampa Bay area, trying to go the scenic route as often as possible so they would get a feel for the place we call home. Since our friends live on Florida’s east coast, they are already accustomed to living close to the beach and having palm trees in abundance so I wasn’t sure that we’d see anything all that different than they are used to. That’s when we drove through the always-charming little town of Safety Harbor, and they were instantly envious.
With a prime location on Tampa Bay that includes a marina and pier plus all of the shops and unique eateries along Main Street, it really is a friendly town and is always a hit with anyone who visits. The pier offers a fantastic view the Tampa skyline in addition to opportunities to see lots of area wildlife including an occasional manatee or two. This sunrise photo was taken from the Safety Harbor Pier located at the Municipal Marina last fall.
In the month of January we say our last goodbyes to the previous year and start to look ahead to the next twelve months. Many of us have new resolutions and goals for ourselves that begin this month. In the grand scheme of things, these resolutions and goals can just as easily start in July or November, but there is something symbolic about hanging up a brand new calendar for the year that helps to jump start our plans. Just like having that new calendar, a sunrise is just as symbolic as a new beginning.
I enjoy the anticipation of catching that first glimpse of the sun coming up just as much as actually seeing it. It starts the night before by watching the weather for the exact time of sunrise and weather conditions for the next day. Then deciding where go to catch the best lighting with the most beautiful view. In the pre-dawn hours, planning what time to arrive to ensure that I’ll capture the warm glow just before the sun comes up and then of course getting in the right position for that perfect sunrise photo. The exact moment the sun comes up is fabulous, but part of the fun is the planning that gets me there. I’m looking forward to at least one big photography trip this year and all of the fun that will come with making the plans for my trip. I hope each of you have something exciting to look forward to this year and that you all enjoy making your plans, too!
Living on the west coast of Florida, I find myself photographing sunsets often but rarely take note of sunrise. With the days getting shorter and sunrise coming later, this past weekend was the perfect time for me to catch a sunrise over Tampa Bay. The bay is actually divided into several smaller bays, the biggest of which are Old Tampa Bay and Hillsborough Bay. At the northernmost point of Old Tampa Bay, you’ll find Safety Harbor. A family-oriented small town, Safety Harbor has a prime location on Old Tampa Bay offering the perfect spot to see the sun rise over the city of Tampa. This photo is from the Safety Harbor Municipal Marina.