one whole year of getting up at the crack of dawn

I started a project last year and I still have no idea what made me want to attempt such a feat. Probably….no. I have no clue.

However, the fact that it is now over?

Another check off the list of Things That Will Happen Before the Sprout Comes.

And this one was a biggie because this one required daily monumental effort.

What did I do?

For the past 365 days I have risen before the sun in order to take a picture of the sunrise. I posted them all here, on photo bucket, if you’d like to take a look-see.

Day one of my project. February 1, 2011

It was freezing and snowy and completely opposite of today, the final sunrise:

Before I began this asinine idea, someone probably should have told me that the sun begins to rise around 4:30 in the morning during the summer in Colorado. This never happened in Georgia. Ever. 4:30 in the morning? For serious?!

Or they failed to mention that I’d have to plan my entire life – including early morning workouts – around the sunrise…as in bring my camera with me to the gym and stop in the middle of a spin class to capture this:

I also had to lug my camera to the start of a 10k race because I couldn’t miss the sun coming up before we had to skedaddle down the course.

And I never took just one picture…noooo…every single day has – at minimum – three pictures of the sunrise so I’d be able to pick which one I wanted to use. Funny, though, about 90% of the time, this is what the sunrise looks like:

I swear I never used a previous day for one I skipped. We just have a lot of cloudless, clear mornings, I guess…)

Once I started to understand which morning would net the “typical” sunrise versus the “pretty” sunrise, I’d either be really happy – because the “typical” sunrise is easy and quick – or really grumpy – because the “pretty” sunrises require me to watch the sky and grab a shot at the peak of the colors.

Like this one:

Or this one:

Or this one:

But…because I started the project…that meant I had to finish. I couldn’t just half ass my way through it. This created much anxiety on my part all, “What if I sleep through the alarm? What if I forget to set the alarm? What if I MISS THE SUNRISE?!”

Missing one meant starting all. over. again. and there was no way in hell I was doing that.

Somehow I managed to wake up every morning and take a picture.

And now…it’s over.

Except, the other day I got this crazy ass idea to want to take a picture of the sunrise every year on the sprout’s birthday.

But…you do realize what that means, right?

I now have to continue to get up and take a picture each morning because NO ONE KNOWS WHEN HE’S COMING.

Still, wouldn’t it be awesome to have the sunrise on your birthday every single year? Who has that?!

Exactly.

The things I already do for you, baby sprout…the things I do…

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401 Responses to “one whole year of getting up at the crack of dawn”


  1. 1 airsquadron January 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

    superb and stunning image

  2. 3 philosophermouseofthehedge January 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

    What a terrific idea. (And you get to see a lot of beautiful mornings, too)

  3. 5 DebbieQ January 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

    This is an awesome idea. Just what I need, another project.

  4. 7 Oregon Sunshine January 31, 2012 at 11:46 am

    A picture of the sunrise every year on the sprout’s birthday is an awesome gift, my friend!

  5. 9 http://lifestartsnow.wordpress.com January 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    i think it’s a great idea to take a picture of sprout’s b-day sunrises BUT i’m kind of unsure about what you’ll do with those pictures. i mean, i get it, look at them and be like “oh look, that’s your fifth birthday” but beyond that? mh….

    i’m german, be kind to me.

    • 10 Jessica January 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      I haven’t even decided what to do with the 365 pictures I already have…but it is just something about knowing what “the day” started like that appeals to me.

      I’m 1/4 german…I’m always kind… πŸ˜‰

  6. 11 Mrs Loquacious January 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    You’re crazy…4:30?!? But I personally think it is a fabulous idea and I’m glad you stuck with it for a full year…and will continue to do so for the sake for baby.

  7. 13 Mikalee Byerman January 31, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    What an AMAZING project — and a spectacular “final sunrise” (of the project — that totally sounds ominous without that disclaimer…).

    Congrats!

    πŸ™‚

    • 14 Jessica January 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      I am SO GLAD that the sky wasn’t one of the “typical” sunrises today! It definitely made the last day a nice end cap!

      (disclaimers…totally understand… πŸ˜‰ )

  8. 15 http://itsmeandthemoon.wordpress.com January 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Love this idea, tried it, but didn’t have the discipline! There’s a nice shot of a sunset towards the bottom of my current blog post. Check it out! http://itsmeandthemoon.wordpress.com. Thanks for the great pictures. πŸ™‚

  9. 17 Jayati January 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    wow thats a big decision to rise before the sun !!
    i am amazed that one can follow it religiously all through the year …
    but the results are amazing !!!
    superb clicks
    even i will try it for sure
    by the way which camera do you use ??

  10. 19 AGIAD(A Guy in a Dress) January 31, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    That is insane! I need an incentive to get up early in the morning because most of my classes this semester are in the afternoon, and it takes fifteen minutes to get to my classes.

    I’ve always been a late sleeper, but when I used to be younger, I was an early riser. I don’t know how that makes sense.

    I sort of miss waking up early in the morning when the atmosphere just feels so soothing, calm and quiet, you feel you can get so much done. I need to plan to get up early, but the problem is, any time I manage to sleep early, I wake up around the same time as I usually do!

  11. 21 jasperwrites January 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Incredible, I can’t believe you were able to get up so early every morning. The best I could do is a picture of the 9.30am sky every morning but I doubt it’d be as stunning!

    • 22 Jessica January 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you!

      I’m sure the sky at 9:30 would be pretty but there is just something about the colors in the sky the moments before the sun crests the horizon…even though it was hard sometimes to get up and capture it.

  12. 23 juju January 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Really inspirational project : )

  13. 25 The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife January 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    kudos to you for meeting your goal, and great photos, too.

  14. 27 rococonnor January 31, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Gorgeous, what a goal to achieve. Good luck for the impending arrival. πŸ™‚

  15. 29 literarychicks78 January 31, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Beautiful photos! I think I would have to take pictures of the sunset, because there is no way I could drag myself out of bed before dawn for an entire year to photograph the sunrise. I especially like the third photo.

    • 30 Jessica January 31, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      That’s too funny…because I’d probably miss the sunsets due to my inability to stay awake until 9pm (sad).

      The third one is gorgeous, isn’t it? I probably took 20 pictures of the sky that morning!

  16. 31 hangryhippo January 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    this is an incredible project–one i am so happy someone else undertook because i am the antithesis of a morning person! but beautiful photos and thanks so much for sharing!

  17. 33 abichica January 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    OOH my gosh!! you have a gift for capturing the most beautiful pictures.. πŸ™‚

  18. 35 trigrl74 January 31, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    What a great idea! Hopefully your sprout will enjoy all of your hard work! πŸ™‚

  19. 37 justalittlebrit January 31, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I love sunrises and what amazing photos you have of them!! You have some amazing dedication and such wonderful photos to show for it now πŸ™‚

  20. 39 Dor January 31, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Good for you – getting up at the crack of dawn. And the effort definitely paid off. You have some stellar shots there! Thanks for sharing.

  21. 41 Dounia January 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Great post and spectacular photos! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  22. 43 Ault Park Sunrise January 31, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Great to see a fellow sunrise cowboy (or… cowgirl). I started off my project with the same intent – to document 40 sunrises. I resonate much with what you’ve covered… it’s amazing how much you have to change to sync up with the sunrise. It’s an interesting contrast to our more removed lifestyle that typically focuses less on the sun and more on a consistent time-based schedule.

    Great work and awesome photographs. Keep it up πŸ™‚

    • 44 Jessica January 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Thank you! I feel like I understand the sun/morning hours better now after a year of watching it move across the sky as the Earth rotated. I’d never really paid much attention to it before…but now I wonder how I never noticed it!

  23. 45 PB January 31, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    An incredible project, involving incredible discipline, of one of the most incredible events of this earth! This story should be featured in a magazine or something.

    Anyway, kudos to you! And great photos too.

  24. 47 samia2010oct January 31, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    very nice pix…. early morning paid off well…

  25. 49 Keith Ainsley January 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Love this!!! Thanks for sharing!

  26. 51 Anonymous January 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I LOVE FOLLOW THRU! Thanks for sharing your discipline and ambition… Little Sprout is a lucky one, for sure!

    • 52 Jessica January 31, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you very much!! It still exists…follow through πŸ™‚ It seems like it is harder and harder to find sometimes in our society of immediate gratification…kind of sad, really.

  27. 53 SandySays1 January 31, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Love the pics!! Anything that’s important to we individuals is important for the satisfaction we get from it. Hey, chasing a tennis ball is great sport for me. Others don’t share that as a great past-time like Sam the beagle across the street. He thinks it’s stupid, but then his favorite sport is rolling 3-day-old road kill.
    Sandy
    http://www.sandysays1.wordpress.com

  28. 55 BlueSkyPoet January 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    awesome awesome AWESOME frigging post. And, for real, you know what? I am totally amazingly absolutely freaking inspired by this. thanks!

  29. 57 Gagan Gupta January 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    You have achieved a monumental feat and awesome photographs…

  30. 59 Arindam January 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I can’t image how dedicated you are as a person. Great to see a person who works in such a way, for completion of a project. Hats off to your dedication and hard work.
    This post is a collection of so many beautiful photographs. Thanks for helping us all in experiencing, how nature can be so beautiful. :

  31. 61 Galen Gidman January 31, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Wow β€” that’s some serious dedication. Thanks for posting them for us all.

  32. 63 Ivynettle January 31, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    This sounds like an awesome project! I love sunrises, but I don’t get to watch them often – I’m definitely a night owl, always sleeping as long as I possibly can, and in the winter, I’m already at work or commuting whent the sun comes up, so I can’t watch either. 😦

    • 64 Jessica January 31, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      My husband is like that…he says something like, “I’m driving to work when it is dark and I’m coming home…when it’s dark.”

      I missed the sunrise for years with my old job, as I’d get there around 4:50 in the morning…so it was nice when I was able to actually see the sun coming up every morning for a year.

  33. 65 littlemissobsessivesanatomy January 31, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    im so impressed.. i wish i had that kind of dedication… first thing my boss would have hugged me…cause i never get up on time and i definitely never reach office on time….and i cant even tell what my mom would have done…. she hates my late mornings..

    super impressed… great pics and awesome energy you have there…

    say my hello to baby sprout … πŸ™‚

  34. 67 Palm Trees & Bare Feet January 31, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Wow. That goal took a lot of motivation and dedication. I bow down to you for that! Great pictures and you definitely completed a great accomplishment!

    Oh, and you just completed another one…CONGRATS ON BEING FRESHLY PRESSED! πŸ™‚

  35. 69 findingorderincorpusa January 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Your photos are extraordinary! … and since I don’t get up that early, I am glad you do. Thanks!

  36. 72 truthspew January 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Nice project. I haven’t committed to such a thing because weather here sucks just enough. But I really should start shooting a noontime shot of the sun because you get a fascinating figure 8 on it’s side over the course of one year.

  37. 74 microwavemeditations January 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    What a beautiful endeavor, congratulations. I run a meditation class at 7:30 am Thursday mornings in downtown Concord, NH. It’s called Street Clothes Yoga, and it’s meant to be about starting the work day off right. What’s the most common comment I get about this class: It was so beautiful being downtown in the quiet, fresh morning. Thank you for talking me into getting up early for this. -Margaret

    • 75 Jessica January 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you for stopping by! I’d love to do an early yoga class like that in the stillness and quiet. The ones here are in a gym…full of people…not as relaxing as the setting you described.

      There is something serene about the morning hours…I really cannot describe it…it is like it’s embedded into our DNA.

  38. 76 PCC Advantage January 31, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Wow. The fact that you made this decision and committed to it is amazing…completely insane, but amazing nonetheless. πŸ˜‰

    Lovely photos! And, yes, having a photo of the sunrise on the day you were born and every birthday after that would be incredible!! What a great idea! πŸ™‚

    • 77 Jessica January 31, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      It was insane. I completely admit it. But…the insanity is finally over. πŸ™‚

      I thought it would be neat as well…the birthday sunrise (more crazy talk…) πŸ™‚

  39. 78 John Olav Ytreland January 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    For once I decided to have a look at some freshly pressed blogs, and discover your intriguing entry. As I was reading I said to myself that this person, whoever it was, must be a complete nutter. But what would life be without balmy people? That would certainly be a boring life.

    Splendid pictures and a great project! Personally I think sunrise in february looks best on photos. I witnessed some spectacular colours myself this morning as I was speeding on my 60 km drive to work ( was a little late). It was 29 C below and I was not comfortable. That was not amusing! Just a few weeks left now and it’ll start getting warmer. Spring is my favourite season.

  40. 80 mgrom January 31, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Inspiring! I love your persistence and determination. Congratulations!

  41. 82 Kudela & Weinheimer Landscape Architects January 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    What a great idea! I love the way everything looks when the sun rises… particularly on beautiful crisp mornings, the other day (I think it was just after the sun rose) The downtown skyline of Houston looked like it was bathed in gold, just beautiful, and I didn’t have the opportunity to take a pic. 😦

    • 83 Jessica January 31, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      I kick myself sometimes when I see a gorgeous picture and have no way to capture it (other than a mental picture…but who remembers all of those?).

      I’m glad I did get to see the day begin, every day, for a year. πŸ™‚

  42. 84 katemadison365 January 31, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Gorgeous photos and I admire your dedication. I have just started my 365 Date Project and came to the realization that it’d be impossible (for me, at least) to go on a date every night. However, that hasn’t stopped me! Lol What’s intrigued me, though, is Baby Sprout. Not because it’s a baby and I’m a woman, but because you yet know when he/she’s coming. Which leaves questions that I must find answers to which means I’ll be reading more of work, you clever, clever man. πŸ™‚

    Excellent blog.

  43. 86 char January 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Beautiful pictures. I love sunrises and sunsets (they’re the best part of my days).

  44. 88 poppiesandlilieslifestyle January 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    These are really gorgeous pics xx

  45. 90 Pamanner January 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    This must have been daunting but the results are INCREDIBLE! Congrats! What a gift you gave yourself πŸ™‚

    • 91 Jessica January 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Last February…very daunting. But you approach it like eating an elephant, right? One bite at a time.

      And now…I have to figure out what to do with my gift to myself….

  46. 92 daydreamingactress January 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    i absolutely love your pictures πŸ™‚ they are so beautiful! and what an incredible idea! asinine as aforementioned of course, but incredible! πŸ™‚

  47. 94 valentinedee January 31, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I totally admire your relentless dedication to fulfilling this idea. Bravo! And I must say, your pics are amazing. Great work.

    val
    valentinedefrancis.wordpress.com

  48. 96 iona January 31, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    This is amazing! I’m so glad I saw it all.
    I began something similar when the clocks went back for winter, just a picture of the sky every day until they went forward again and I got my summer back. I’ll be done soon and a lot of them turned out to be sunsets from the kitchen in my office, or just a square of grey.
    Yours are beautiful.

  49. 98 Bill Chance January 31, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Cool project and nice pictures. I’m afraid if I decided to get a picture at dawn every day I would immediately start investigating timers, waterproof camera housings, and ephemeris tables.

  50. 100 mm January 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I love the colors in the pictures you took, and I’m super impressed that you managed to stick with this for the whole year! Sunrises where I am in AK in the summer are around 3:30am and not until 10:30am in the middle of winter…very wide range of times here.
    I like the idea of the birthday sunrise… but what if you are in labor at the hospital at sunrise on his birthday? Would you send Tim out to take the picture?

    • 101 Jessica January 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Yes! I already told Tim that’d be his job…or maybe we could convince a nurse? I have no idea…

      AK daylight/darkness hours are so strange! I’d have a hard time with it. πŸ™‚

  51. 102 erica banks krug January 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I am head-over-heels in love with this idea. Congrats on freshly pressed. And booshy is one of my favorite words of all time… My sister and I say it constantly. It started because of this guy at my boyfriend’s gym who would say ‘boosh’ when he lifted weights and hoisted them over his head. We adopted it and it morphed into ‘booshy.’ It basically means ‘awesome’ to us. What is your definition?
    Love the blog, it’s booshy.

    • 103 Jessica January 31, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      That’s too funny! Um…my version of booshy is kind of like, “what the hell?” It came about while my husband and I were looking at Christmas cards…I said one particularly awful one was ‘booshy’ and it kind of stuck!

      I like your definition, though πŸ™‚

      Also, thank you! You should give it a try…maybe just for a week?

  52. 104 Nancy Sisk January 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I’m doing something similar! Not the sunrise…too ambitious for me! But of the sky! 1 photo, 1 sky for 365 days. I started January 1…you are giving me inspiration because I am already feeling overwhelmed!! And I have the same anxiety!! “Did I forget my camera?” “Will I be able to get a good shot today because my workout class is during sunset?!” “Am I going to have to leave work early for a good shot?” “Are these photos getting boring and mundane?” Thanks for the post!! I’m blogging my way through my project…wish me luck – I need it!

    • 105 Jessica January 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      You can do it!!! After awhile it becomes part of the routine and is almost automatic. I remember the first few weeks and months, though, wondering how I was going to make it an entire year. I did, though, and so can you!! Just think of how awesome you’ll feel next year…. πŸ™‚

  53. 106 Cassie January 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Wow, those photos are amazing. Now if I could just motivate myself.

  54. 108 Rachel Segars January 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Love your idea, effort and creativity! Awesome

  55. 110 Maria Ada January 31, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    So amazingly beautiful…not just the photos but the idea of the project. You should think about printing them in a book, even if it’s just a self-made snapfish or flickr book. That would be really cool to flip through.

  56. 112 Cafe23 January 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    LOL you’re so hilarious. Well, congrats on seeing the project through. You can now call yourself the Most Invincible Woman Alive. I am not a morning person at all, so I seriously think you’re the Most Invincible Woman Alive.

    But wow, for those pics? It was kinda worth it, no? =P

  57. 114 I Made You A Mixtape January 31, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Stunning photos, and such determination! Congrats on reaching your goal!

  58. 116 mlxensen January 31, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Very nice!! I think it is interesting how we are so connected to the idea of doing things for a year. Beautiful Pictures.

  59. 118 CJ January 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Absolutely breathtaking. What a task to take on!! Reading the last part brought tears to my eyes. Thanks so much for sharing!

  60. 120 Eagle-Eyed Editor January 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I really like the February 1 picture, with its blues and whites and that first, faint hint of pink in the background. Great images! πŸ™‚

  61. 122 lucindalines January 31, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    You inspire me! Those pictures are beyond description amazing. Good luck on the project. I am pulling for you!

  62. 124 the octopi January 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    this is so utterly beautiful. it sounds like a great idea. i’d be interested in trying it, though i’m not sure i could handle a whole year… i applaud your dedication to your art!

  63. 126 Constance V. Waldenc January 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Beautiful sky shots. God does do beautiful work, and you caught them on camera wonderfully. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

  64. 128 MLRutledge Photography January 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    This is the most amazing thing to me because I am not a morning person. But after seeing your photos, I so badly want to be!!

  65. 130 Karen January 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Awesome. Beautiful. What an accomplished feat. Look at what you did and because of what YOU did, so MANY people will benefit! Be proud. No doubt Sprout will be a lucky bean.

  66. 132 ethelthedean January 31, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Two words: FLIPPIN’ AMAZING.

    Thank you so much for sharing these pictures – they are breath taking. Nothing beats an early morning – the beauty, the silence, the meditative quality – fabulous!

  67. 134 {lv} January 31, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Wow, this is amazing! The sunrises are beautiful. I don’t know if I could ever do this, but after seeing your photos, it’s really inspired me to try it.

  68. 136 Michelle January 31, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Wow! That’s an impressive project. And so sweet that you want to make it something special for your little Sprout πŸ™‚ kudos to you!

  69. 138 cinderslug January 31, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    “Because I started the project…that meant I had to finish. I couldn’t just half ass my way through it.” – Yes! I wish more people thought like this. I certainly do πŸ™‚

  70. 140 Steve January 31, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    This is really awesome! Great photos, and awesome – albeit kind of crazy for me – idea.

  71. 142 aFrankAngle January 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Stunning … and thanks for sharing your work.

  72. 144 rmv January 31, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    you suck. i wanted to do that. now all i have left is going to bed before the sun goes down, unless you have any other variations.

  73. 146 Delizie Delizie January 31, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Love it love it, congratulations for your determination, ‘ la route du succes, road to success we say in French.. Bravo!

  74. 148 Mara January 31, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Wow! This is pretty amazing. What a cool album or book or online gallery you’ll have! And I think it’s pretty cool that you want to keep documenting (ish) because again, if you can do it, it’d be pretty awesome.

  75. 150 iamscotia January 31, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I enjoy getting up at sunrise. It creates great discipline.

  76. 152 Grumpa Joe January 31, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Great job, you are to be commended on your fortitude.

  77. 154 thenotwriter January 31, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    People always talk about sunsets being romantic, but Ive always liked sunrises better then sunsets.

    If you took a picture of every birthday sunrise then you could compile them all into a photo album to give as maybe an 18th birthday present, or perhaps a graduation or going away to college gift. That would be nice. It would be kinda symbolic of the passage of the years of childhood.

    • 155 Jessica February 1, 2012 at 11:41 am

      I love your name, by the way (thenotwriter).

      Sunsets are romantic…but there is something so fresh and new about a sunrise…

      That was kind of the idea…give the sprout the sunrises in a book or something when he is 18…

  78. 156 aacohen97 January 31, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    These have such breathtaking colors!
    I am a WordPress photoblogger as well, I’m glad I’ve found someone who loves photos as much as I do! πŸ˜€
    Keep blogging, I’m looking forward to more of your work!

    • 157 Jessica February 1, 2012 at 11:42 am

      I LOVE taking pictures…but I don’t really have the “eye” for spectacular shots, I don’t think…it doesn’t stop me from trying, though.

      Thank you very much!

  79. 158 HEA-Employment.com January 31, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Sunrises and sunsets are some of the best times to take photos.

  80. 159 Ty January 31, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Reblogged this on the world azis and commented:
    31/365
    Let me just say that this is the manifestation of beauty – both personal and natural. I am moved by these images and inspired by the photographer’s deliberate action. Maybe, just maybe, I can get myself back on track for this daily experiment of expressing my self.

  81. 161 Sarah Harris January 31, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    WOW, I can’t believe how beautiful these are! I used to be a sunset gal but I may consider waking up earlier sometimes! My new job has me waking up early so maybe it’ll make me spring out of bed more! I did happen to see an Alaska sunrise last summer about an hour or so after it set during Summer Solstice.

  82. 163 patryantravels January 31, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    How much do I love that blog post. Sunrise photos…. for a whole awesome year. Wow. I wish I thought of that.

  83. 165 starlight January 31, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    amazing! but you are the most amazing, its no joke waking up so early in the morning just to catch the sunrise.. thank you for sharing.. lovely sunrise.

  84. 167 My Camera, My Friend January 31, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    That’s a pretty impressive feat. It just reminds me why so many people photographs sunsets again.

  85. 169 Christy January 31, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I’m STILL getting up before the sun, and it’s all because of helping my brother get off to work before the sun. Hopefully that’ll be changing soon, but sunrises ARE very pretty and a nice treat for having to be up very early! πŸ™‚

  86. 171 reinaldobanh January 31, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Reblogged this on reinaldobanh and commented:
    About The Sun, Sky, and Us

  87. 172 paxtonsam January 31, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    This is so great. I am absaolutly going to have to check out that link and look through all your pictures… in a very non creepy way… πŸ™‚ I love Colorado and am now regreting not being able to see a sunrise over the mountians when I was there.
    ❀ so glad you had this great idea!

    • 173 Jessica February 1, 2012 at 11:47 am

      You’ll have to come back and see one! When you’re IN the mountains the sunrise – and sunset – is breathtaking! Colorado is an awesome place, that is for sure and I’m so glad my husband and I get to live here (for now, anyway…)

  88. 174 Candice January 31, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Bravo to you! You’re a stronger individual than I.

    Lovely pictures as well!

  89. 176 Lisa January 31, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    This is one of the most beautiful 365 projects I’ve ever seen. I think it’s a lovely idea to take a photo of the sunrise every day of your child’s life. What a touching gift that would be, to present them all at their 21st birthday or wedding or some other milestone!

  90. 179 Brett Minor January 31, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I just try to trust in the theory that there has been a sunrise on my birthday every year since I have been born.

  91. 181 sbleifield January 31, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Awesome what a well thought out and committed post! Talk about a bucket list mark off!!

  92. 183 Claire Lopez January 31, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Great job and beautiful pictures! Congratulations on setting a goal and following through!

  93. 185 artchismo January 31, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    This was absolutely hilarious and really enjoyable. I love all the photos, but I especially love everything you had to say about what someone could have told you before you started this venture. Thanks for doing it solid for a year and giving some folks inspiration to make a similar commitment.

  94. 187 dee9g January 31, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    beautiful pictures.

  95. 188 samacwns January 31, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    What a cool idea! πŸ™‚ And your idea to take a sunrise picture for your child’s birthday is super sweet and special! Good luck!!

  96. 190 Lilee January 31, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Beautiful pictures and fantastic idea! What time did you end up going to bed each night? Did you stay up once you took the pictures or go back to sleep? Just curious.

  97. 193 sumanlatik January 31, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    now that is inspiration, fascination and dedication!

  98. 194 HoaiPhai January 31, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Beautiful shots! As one who usually goes to bed just after sunrise I can say that your shots are so familiar to me. A pat on the back to you for your dicipline in getting up at that ungodly hour!

  99. 196 jobo January 31, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    gorgeous!! these are awesome! did you get freshly pressed?!

  100. 199 mawalker83 February 1, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Very cool idea. Taking pictures of the sunrise is definitely full of repeats, but I’m glad you stayed true to the project!

  101. 201 theyearofwonderfulweekends February 1, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Wow what amazing photos! and what an inspired idea. I am in awe that you managed to do it for a whole year, no matter what season. I really enjoyed reading about your project and seeing the results. Wonderful! πŸ™‚

  102. 203 BlessedBetheName February 1, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Have you thought of doing sunsets now? πŸ™‚ Beautiful sunrises, I’m so glad you were able to share with us.

  103. 205 Kharma February 1, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Beautiful pictures.

  104. 206 Noele Crooks February 1, 2012 at 1:12 am

    This is so awesome! What an inspiration!

  105. 207 Li van Saathoff February 1, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Sunrise (sunset) is certainly one of the most trivial and usually kitsch subject matter at all. How many million times have sunrises (sunsets) been painted and photographed … Nevertheless, people rejoices in each postcard, showing a beautifully colored sky.

    I think with your project, you have subjected yourself to a procedure which endows your series of images with sufficient seriousness, because only a concept is able to neutralize the level of kitsch: not the colorful picture is the focus here, but your successful year cycle of purposeful action!

    And I want to congratulate you!

    Make a book out of it, which you completed with your documentation and send it with the photos as an exhibition project around the world. πŸ™‚

    With kind regards

    Li van Saathoff
    (Visual artist / Master of Arts)

  106. 209 Karl February 1, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Love the idea! But yes, it would have been hard to complete. Well done!

  107. 210 Logic Meets Reason February 1, 2012 at 3:06 am

    I know it will take some effort, but I find that to be a clever idea to do for your child! I think that once they reach a certain age they will learn to appreciate the creative thought you put into it.

    Your pictures really do a service for us. Most of us never get a chance to see a sunrise, we are mostly subjected to sunsets. It’s amusing to see that the sun reaches a point where you can’t decipher if it is setting or rising which I find so intriguing! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures!

    Also, I can completely relate to your dilemma regarding waking up early every morning. I was a rower, and I had to wake up for practice every morning at 4:30 AM. It can really wear you down, but if you stay in the habit of it, you end up waking up at that time naturally!

    Let us know if you decide to take pictures every year!

    If it’s alright with you, I started a blog of my own not too long ago and I would like to invite you and your readers to please check out my posts, comment, and subscribe! I would really appreciate any feedback as well as your support by signing up! The link is http://www.logicmeetsreason.wordpress.com Thank you so much!

    • 211 Jessica February 1, 2012 at 11:56 am

      What kind of practice? I played basketball back in college…we usually had evening practices but I understand having to get to the gym each and every day.

      Then…I trained for a marathon during the summer and my husband and I got up around 3am to go for long runs…that was painful.

      I’ll still be taking pictures…and definitely a picture of the sunrise on the sprout’s birthday…whenever that will be!

  108. 212 Andreas Moser February 1, 2012 at 3:07 am

    You did more before 9 a.m. than most people do all day.

  109. 214 katesfolly February 1, 2012 at 3:11 am

    That’s fabulous! Love it! x

  110. 215 Birthday NYC February 1, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the beautiful pictures you have shared, but I have to say I am even more impressed at you getting up early like that every single day. I struggle to even do that for a week, and as soon as the weekend comes I find myself desperate to sleep in.

    These pictures really are incredible – they make me wonder what I am missing in the wee hours of the morning. Thanks for sharing!

  111. 217 The General February 1, 2012 at 3:29 am

    the pics…amazing. Getting up at 4.30am for a year… impressive!

  112. 218 keynotesbykokay February 1, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Got goosebumps! It takes a strong will to be able to do that without fail! COngrats!

  113. 219 Ammon February 1, 2012 at 3:48 am

    I’d get out of bed earlier if I thought I could snap pictures like those!

  114. 220 Jaspreet Narang February 1, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Really amazing. Over here in India, everyone says to wake up at the crack of the dawn, to enjoy Nature’s richness.
    Lucky You πŸ™‚

    And Btw, those pics are amazing…

  115. 222 Tiffany February 1, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Oh, I am so NOT a morning person! I admire your supreme effort though, congratulations on completing 365 days, and good luck with the Sprout’s birthdays!

  116. 225 cesspit emptying wiltshire February 1, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Those pictures are truly AMAZING! πŸ™‚

  117. 226 tuesday2 February 1, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Your first commitment to your child is a beautiful success! πŸ˜€

  118. 228 lotterydotnet February 1, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Superb photos!Love the second one down! Don’t know if I could get up that early for a whole year though!Did you go back to bed after you’d taken the pictures or stay up?

  119. 230 madeinlondon1 February 1, 2012 at 5:03 am

    congrats great achievement well done.

  120. 231 severin February 1, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Great blog post and fabulous pictures.
    Thank you for sharing.
    sev

  121. 232 K ath February 1, 2012 at 5:05 am

    wow… as a person who doesn’t like getting up early, I salute you! may you finish your project victoriously. πŸ™‚

  122. 235 Eve Redwater February 1, 2012 at 5:32 am

    The first “pretty” sunrise picture (they’re all pretty!) looks like floating lava in the sky! Amazing!:D

  123. 237 nurumassagegel1 February 1, 2012 at 5:39 am

    I know I don’t have to. Thank you for the idea!!! I admire your supreme effort though, congratulations on completing 365 days,

  124. 238 sam February 1, 2012 at 5:48 am

    I like this. I did something similar for a week a few years ago, at much more civilised hours of the day πŸ™‚

    http://offblack.blogspot.co.nz/2007/01/one-week.html

    Obviously no stamina though. Well done πŸ™‚

  125. 240 UCTeja February 1, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Awsome….! πŸ™‚

  126. 241 itsalwayschanging February 1, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Such a cool idea, I love it!! I enjoy photographing the sunrise as well and I totally get what you mean about being able to judge if there is going to be a “typical” vs “pretty” sunrise that day…it’s funny how you can sense those things! πŸ™‚

    • 242 Jessica February 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      It really is! I wasn’t very good at it in the beginning but now I know at the very first light what kind of sunrise we’ll have. It’s like I’m more in tune with nature or something.

  127. 243 Blogbiscuit February 1, 2012 at 6:18 am

    beautiful captures and well done you for getting up that early every day, it makes me ache just thinking i have to get up at 7.30am every day in England. I hope sprout comes soon so that you can have some lie ins with sprout, well 364 lie ins before the next early get up, photographing moment appears πŸ™‚

  128. 245 SarahAlice February 1, 2012 at 6:34 am

    This is honestly one of the most beautiful posts I’ve ever seen. Well done!
    (:

  129. 246 crazybingogirly February 1, 2012 at 6:36 am

    I don’t think I could get up that early every morning but the photos are awesome! Especially the pinky/purple ones! I might have to do this one day

  130. 248 hasayang February 1, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Bravo! For the perseverance and the guts to follow through the project. What a wonderful idea and from the look of things, you have learnt so many wonderful experiences. Excellent pictures!

  131. 250 Triin February 1, 2012 at 6:44 am

    wow. this. is amazing! someone really did it, i can’t believe it! I have taken pictures of sunrises and sunsets regularly at different times in my life, but I have never ever ever been brave enough to actually take up a mission of that scale! Bravo!

    Oh, and I just loooooooove when I’m all stressed and sweaty and running through the town with huge luggage and when I stop and someone asks me what’s up, I have to scream “i’ll be late for sunset! byyyyyyyyyye” like a complete nutcase. Hahaha.

  132. 252 comfort bridle February 1, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Those pictures are amazing, did u seriously get up early every single morning?? Amazing.

  133. 253 Angelia Sims February 1, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Read this by email. I had NO idea you were Freshly Pressed. I know her! I know her! Congrats!!

    And? Getting up at dawn. OMG. You rock. That is amazing. It is almost you and Sprout’s birthday!!!! Woo!

  134. 255 danielleweddings February 1, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Wow! Good for you:) That’s very inspiring. Love the first image.

  135. 256 l0ve0utl0ud February 1, 2012 at 8:44 am

    What an amazing project! I really respect you for keeping it up and for actually waking up so early to capture every single sunrise! What did you do on cloudy days, by the way?

  136. 258 Pissant Partisan February 1, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I admire your self discipline! Doing all this and (by the sounds of it) keeping up with a fitness routine, then managing to take one every day without fail? I love getting up with the sun as well, it’s a great feeling. You’ve earned your freshly pressed πŸ˜€

  137. 260 nestorakarts February 1, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Nice job! I’m working on getting myself up before dawn just to take pictures of the sunrise every ONCE in a while… I doubt I’d succeed at getting up before dawn EVERY morning. Congratulations and nice photos!!

  138. 262 cmbold February 1, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Stunning! I found you on the front page of WordPress, and I’m so glad I did! I think you just inspired a new project…. I hope I have your dedication πŸ™‚

  139. 264 Pamela Tomkins February 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

    What about taking a pic of either the sprout or the sky at the time of day of the birth? Yearly as a ‘special’ (You WILL take thousands more!) or monthly – more manageable than daily. This is the first time I have found your blog and am puzzled at the people who think you are male when I think that the poet in your soul makes you female!!

  140. 266 starlaschat February 1, 2012 at 9:25 am

    WOW I marvel at the fact that you stuck to it and every day for a year makes my head spin. On my blog awhile ago I did a post Sunset challenge to take a picture of the sunrise and to challenge others. I found it to be difficult and as you said very stressful. I burned myself out rather quickly. So my Hats off to you and a slow bow to you, for your accomplishment. Beautiful pictures.

  141. 268 cherisheachday February 1, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I can’t pick a favorite! I’m amazed at the beautiful artwork our Lord creates each and every moment of every day! Thanks for capturing these precious moments that most of us never see.

  142. 270 allamericanclothing February 1, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Very nice images and an incredible feat indeed!!! A whole year of waking up that early is something to be proud of… and you can always tell people as you grow older your story… Thanks for the inspiration!

    Logan

    http://blog.allamericanclothing.com/

  143. 271 Jo Moon February 1, 2012 at 9:50 am

    It sounds a lovely thing to do, to get up so early and watch a beautiful sunrise every day! If you have the time, energy and inclination keep at it! If you have had enough of this pursuit, you could always go moon watching perhaps!

    It really is amazing how the rising sun can make a black or blue sky look so colourful. Perhaps this is also an indication that this is a colourful time of day and one we could make the most of in whatever way we each individually choose – unless of course we are asleep!

    Thank-you for beautiful pictures! Jo Moon

    • 272 Jessica February 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      We’ve captured a few moon shots over the years…and they are gorgeous! It’s usually during something special, like an eclipse or harvest moon or something…but, still. Gorgeous.

      Also, thank you!!

  144. 273 french526 February 1, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I love this. The pictures are beautiful! I wish I had thought of doing this before my girls were born (so I’d have a picture on their birth day).

  145. 275 Bethany Pegues February 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Wow! Those are fabulous photos. What a great undertaking. πŸ™‚

  146. 276 Rustic Recluse February 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Beautiful pictures & great discipline you have to get up and snap all these wonderful stuff… thanks for sharing!

  147. 277 emptyhat February 1, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I know how you feel. I wake up every morning at 05:00 to get to work by 06:00.

  148. 278 i mayfly February 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

    beautiful photos and beautiful commitment to the squid.

  149. 279 claresworriesandwisdom February 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I’m sure you got some incredible pictures. Do you think it was worth it? The last 2 on this post are my favorite. I commend you for sticking to it – I am sooo not a morning person this would be almost impossible for me!

  150. 281 Marcel February 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

    how many more words do exist to say:beautiful! Thanks for your effort!

  151. 282 david February 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

    That is brilliant! I never through of it really. I am up before sunrise most days for a workout. I never thought of taking a picture. I love early mornings usually so crisp, clear and quiet.

    Your pictures a beautiful too, you have a great ‘eye’ πŸ˜‰

    • 283 Jessica February 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Early morning workouts are the only thing that really works for me, too. I always feel so refreshed afterwards…and I feel awesome the rest of the day.

      Also, thank you so much!

  152. 284 Bountiful Giving February 1, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Stunning. As a person who rises before the sun on most days, I have to say thank you for reminding me of the reasons. The colors of the day can set the tone for the following 24 hours. Many thanks for gorgeous photos. Hope the Sprout arrives for you with all the wonders of each sunrise. Kris

  153. 286 Denis McGilvray February 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Nice! I shoot a LOT of sunrise/sunset photos from around our house. Not everyday though – that’d be crazy. : ) You have a lucky sprout, and just think, after this original Birth day, you’ll only have to get up before sunrise once a year! Cheers…

  154. 288 Derek De Vine February 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

    What an amazing feat. I feel inspired. And tomorrow is my birthday. I’m thinking of incorporating some ritual of my own. Thanks for the post!

    Derek De Vine.

  155. 290 http://lifestartsnow.wordpress.com February 1, 2012 at 11:58 am

    how can you have over freaking 200 comments on this post???????

  156. 293 Michele LMS February 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Lovely, yet demanding, concept! The sampling of photos is wonderful! . . . Congrats on your success, and on being “Freshly Pressed”!!

    http://arabianmusings.wordpress.com/

    • 294 Jessica February 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you so much! I had no idea how demanding it would be until I really started. Then I knew I probably bit off more than I could chew but I kept on…I’m glad I did. πŸ™‚

  157. 295 Chaks February 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    very nice post and the photographs are tooo good.

    TechSmartLife

  158. 296 nagbabasang pinoy February 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    That is a cool idea! Very simple actually but when you do it for A WHOLE YEAR, that makes it awesome (and crazy. and slightly masochistic). Inspires me to also do something like this. Congrats! And good luck on your next project, whatever it is.

    • 297 Jessica February 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Definitely all of those things. πŸ™‚

      My next project…is motherhood. YIKES. But I’ll definitely be documenting it…no doubt about that. I’m sure the sprout will thank me later (read: sarcasm).

      Also, thank you so much!

  159. 298 Beth February 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    What a clever idea. Getting up to welcome the day for a whole year… awesome! Loved it. thanks.

  160. 299 FitnessPal February 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    OMG you have such patience and perseverance to get up so early and take pictures – congratulations for succeeding at it πŸ™‚

  161. 300 Jennifer Judkins February 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    What an amazing and original idea! You have some amazing pictures there too!

  162. 302 Cultural Life February 1, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Whoa! I admire your dedication. I usually get up early during the week and consider myself to be a ‘morning person’ but I don’t know how I would manage a whole year of getting up with the sun! You got some really lovely pictures though. πŸ™‚

  163. 303 opreach February 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you for sunrise! I love them too. I’m always awake early enough, though I don’t usually make it out the door early enough with my camera.You inspire me.

  164. 305 mefoley February 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Wow. I’m reduced to…monosyllables. Don’t have the vocab to say how impressive this is, and the idea that someone on the planet, anyone, would do that for their sprouts? Well, the sprout is gonna be lucky to have you.

  165. 306 zupher February 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Kudos!!!!!! Seriously hats off to you.
    As far as I remember, the whole last year, I never ever wake up before the sunrise. I have problem waking up in the morning. The alarm just keep on ringing. You’re an inspiration to us all!!

  166. 307 lacaravita February 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Well done you πŸ™‚ After working for years with 4-30am wake-ups in London, I know how it feels. But the pictures are your rewards πŸ™‚ What’s the next challenge?

  167. 308 photosbymΓ©lanie February 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Honestly, I don’t know if I would have the motivation it take to wake up at quarter-to-dawn every morning for a whole year. Sounds dreadful. But you did get some stunning images!

  168. 309 engchick23 February 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    That’s a beautiful idea–a sunrise for your birthday. What a gift! πŸ™‚

  169. 310 Romantic Asian Guy February 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Oh I LOVE the idea of your project! What a great way to start the day! I’m sure your mind was put in a whole other gear, giving you some insights you wouldn’t have otherwise had.

    Great discipline…what an accomplishment to be proud of:)

  170. 311 notesfromrumbleycottage February 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Your sunrise pictures remind me of the sunsets I saw in “Dances With Wolves.” They were beautiful pictures of colors and clouds, making the sky look so expansive.

  171. 312 Alex Green February 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Its unbelievable .. You are really strong to be able to make this commitment and be awake and prepare to take a photograph for every singe sunrise in past 365 days.

    I’m really inspired to be honest, I think such a task will develop ones personality big time !

  172. 313 awakeshawn February 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    What a lovely idea. I love mornings, especially as a mother … the quiet and stillness that just is the opposite of the rest of the day. Well, it’s the only time I get any time to myself. I’ve written about sunrises on my blog and how my daughters and I search for it in the mornings on the way to school. It’s up around 7:30 here at this time … don’t hate me. ; ) Congrats on being Freshly Pressed … it’s a chaotic ride but worth it.

  173. 314 ***The LensMaster February 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    The generation before me and even some old folks now in our country really wakes up before the sun rises. They sleep as early as 7pm and wakes up at 3-4am. I usually see my grandpa back in the days praying or meditating immediately after he wakes up. Then he cleans the entire house and the front yard and then the backyard…and goes around the farm. Those days were magical!!!! I used to accompany him when he does his rounds…I think I, too, should wake up before the sun rises. It would be magic all over again…even though I’m in a city now.

  174. 315 Globe Runner February 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Wow, you are one hard working, passionate photographer… Love all ur pix

  175. 316 iluv2care February 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Very CAPTIVATING Last early morning sunrise…. Love This

  176. 317 Lesley February 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    It’s so inspiring that a sunrise happens every day yet it can always look a little bit different.

  177. 318 wanderingcbear February 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    These photos are fantastic! It’s kind of like an exponentially more intense version of my current project. Now you’ve done it though, you have these absolutely amazing photos! Get some printed! Decorate the baby’s room with them! How cool would that be?!

  178. 319 none February 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Congratulations! You made something beautiful and you should be proud.

  179. 320 Nichole February 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Your pictures are amazing! I like this idea, though way too early for me~I might try to think of some sort of project to do like this for myself πŸ™‚

  180. 321 Lauren February 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Wow this is such a cool project. Serious comittment.

  181. 322 obediencia20 February 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Awesome pics, good job

  182. 323 leena77 February 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Reblogged this on Been There Done That and commented:
    Great pictures! Great blog!

  183. 324 lionelvaldellon February 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I applaud your self discipline and stick-to-it-iveness! Bravo.

  184. 325 myownprivatemind February 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Very impressive…the photos and commitment! Suggestion…you might simply want to have the goal of at least showering every day when your sprout comes. That, my dear, will be a feat in and of itself! The real fun is about to begin!!! Best of luck to you with your growing family. πŸ™‚

  185. 326 adamn3l February 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Your efforts are amazing. If I attempted to try this I know that I would forget to do it one day and freak out. Congratulations again! πŸ™‚

  186. 327 debtfreedecorating February 1, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    That is so sweet! I think Sprout will LOVE it later in life.

  187. 328 italianice85 February 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    All I can say is … well done, ma’am, well done.

  188. 329 Rick February 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Jessica — Tim told me about your project this morning so I had to go check it out. Very nice! What a great idea! And great exposure for your blog, too! Well done! Now get back having that baby!!! :>)

  189. 330 respectfullywritten February 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    pink sky in morning, sailor take warning. pink sky at night, sailor delight.

  190. 331 knews2me February 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I love this concept but the devil’s advocate part of my being wants to know…what if sprout comes…at sunrise?

    Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos!

  191. 332 Emerson J. Winchester February 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Oh, bravo! Those few moments before the sun actually breaks the horizon are my absolute favorite in the whole day. Well done, you!

  192. 333 The Love of a Dog February 1, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Wow…That must have been a huge undertaking. I can’t imagine getting up earlier than my 5:30 wake up right now. Still, beautiful pictures and congratulations for sticking it through a whole year! Good luck with your picture taking until Sprout gets there!

  193. 334 shil February 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    That’s a lot of work !! Some of the pictures are pretty.

  194. 335 Pavane Mann February 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    What an enterprise and what diligence, totally impressed with that and the great photographs, when’s the sprout coming?

  195. 336 sarahnsh February 2, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Wow, the pictures you took of the sunset are just gorgeous! I could never wake up at the crack of dawn, I can hardly wake up in the morning as is. The last one is just so pretty, and think that this is a very interesting project to have waking up so early, I just hit snooze myself. πŸ˜‰

  196. 337 bearshouse February 2, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I’ve only ever visited CO twice from here in Nashville, its a drive. I have wondered if the sunrise gives these colors sometimes because if the vast plainlands east of them throwing such shades. love the pics

  197. 338 Andi February 2, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Your photos are beautiful, they caught the ADD-ness of Colorado rather nicely.

  198. 339 kevinpham31 February 2, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Wow. That’s all I can say. Respect to you for keeping the motivation to continue taking these photos.

  199. 340 iforhappiness February 2, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Wow. Lol! That’s so amazing. Congrats!

  200. 341 rachaelcorbie February 2, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Goodness, I am NOT a morning person so I commend you for being able to do this. Such beautiful pictures though! Sometimes makes me wish I could be a morning person haha, good work!

  201. 343 Cherie February 2, 2012 at 4:03 am

    What a terrific idea! And so rewarding too by the look of the beautiful photographs…very inspiring.

  202. 344 ashishpotdar February 2, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Hi, that’s a great idea and a lot of determination – why don’t you make a movie out of those 365 images – wud be cool to see how all those sunrises zip past !

  203. 345 Detetiv February 2, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Love your golden hour photographs. Anything taken during golden hour looks really nice you know~

  204. 346 Love Many Trust Few February 2, 2012 at 7:47 am

    oh honey, you, sprout and 4.30am are going become old friends. So in a way, this was good training. Some beautiful images and so many more to come. Best wishes

  205. 347 petalsandsepals February 2, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Hey the pics r awesome ; but like someone mentioned earlier,in India its a pretty common thing to rise early before the crack of dawn ,so to speak, .in a lighter vein, GOD is actually free and available to hear nd answer ur prayers and its generally believed that your prayers are answered if you rise early and meditate and pray.. wish you lot of luck and you are free to see my blog and comment or share it with your friends .

  206. 348 ravyngurl February 2, 2012 at 8:08 am

    What a cool and unique goal/accomplishment!

  207. 349 muddledmom February 2, 2012 at 8:10 am

    But look what you’ve accomplished. And the thought of having a picture of every sunrise of one’s birthday is such a gift. What a great, great mom. Do it. For the first several years, you will likely be up then anyway. πŸ˜‰ Beautiful.

  208. 350 GullringstorpGoatGal February 2, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Hej from Sweden!

    Oh my how jealous am I?!?!? I used to be able to get up an do just what you have done, enjoy the sunrise. I loved the peace and quiet and solitude of those early morning hours. Since menopause hit me my nights are disturbed by hot flashes that wake me and throw off my sleeping pattern. I now have such difficulty waking up early to enjoy all that it has to offer.
    One entire year, that sounds absolutely wonderful. Congratulations !!

    Welcome to my blog http://gullringstorpgoatsblog.wordpress.com

  209. 351 7theaven February 2, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I get that feeling, only with this super-tight college schedule, I get up at 6:30 to jog in the mornings, that’s after a 2am sleep time and no afternoon rest and 8 hours of classes everyday (engineering, sigh!)

    But damn good blog post, and nice pictures.

    Hopefully I’ll be able to match such photography some day, or be fortunate to witness such photos with my own eyes (heaven on earth day!)

  210. 352 valerie shultz February 2, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Reblogged this on My Boring Beautiful Life and commented:
    I’m only on day 32, but I’ve already started to think of what I may want to do when this 365 is done. I’m reasonably sure it will *not* be waking up at the crack of anything, but this is a neat project she did!

  211. 353 Katherine O. Cooper February 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

    on the run…but looking forward to coming back to this and looking closely! great stuff!

  212. 355 th3btiam February 2, 2012 at 9:51 am

    All of the sudden, my goal of making the bed everyday for a year has shriveled in significance.

    Your sprout is one lucky bud-to-be.

    Beautiful post

  213. 356 irreverins February 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

    LOOK AT YOU, on freshly pressed! that is so awesome. while i could never get up at the crack of dawn every day of the year, i know what it is to follow an inexplicable calling from somewhere, and have it bring you out somewhere good. blessings to you and the sprout!

  214. 358 BeautyandtheBriefcase February 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Absolutely incredible! Congratulations on your sheer determination. Thank you for sharing!

  215. 359 olivialeach February 2, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Wow! Your photos are beautiful! IΒ΄ve always thought it amazing that something so natural like a sunrise can make getting up in the cold and dark hours of the morning almost enjoyable.

  216. 360 csongorbarabas February 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    great idea right there and congratulations for the kept promise!

  217. 361 bevchen February 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Your pictures are amazing!! I would love to have a picture of the sunrise for everyone of my birthdays πŸ™‚

    In winter I’m not only up, but at work before the sunrise. I don’t even get to see the sunrise… or daylight for that matter!

  218. 362 gaycarboys February 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I’m fond of a bit of a sunset shot too. well done.

  219. 363 mojalvoscultureshock February 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    This is an inspired idea. Whenever I am lucky enough to wake up naturally in time to see the first few hours of morning I am never disappointed. It is captures the purity before the day unfolds.

  220. 364 satine07 February 3, 2012 at 2:56 am

    This is so inspiring! I love the captures of the beautiful sunrise which you had gotten. I make it a point to look at the rising morning sun everyday too but I capture those scenes with the “Memory Camera”. The sun rises everyday but somehow, each sun rise is different from the days that precede it.

  221. 365 WordsFallFromMyEyes February 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Great feat! Very original too, and utterly incomprehensible during winter!! But congrats on doing it πŸ™‚

  222. 366 WordsFallFromMyEyes February 3, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Sorry, this is going to seem a bit random – but I just remembered that greeting card which depicts, in cartoon, a man sitting up in bed, looking at his large framed female partner in bed alongside, with her butt distinctly pointing in his direction, & the line reads, “Alf gets up to the crack of dawn every day”.

    Have you seen that one? I love it!! πŸ™‚

  223. 367 tarotwithlove February 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Cool pics, and equally cool self-discipline πŸ™‚

  224. 368 nofosu February 3, 2012 at 11:41 am

    The Fact you did this was Amazing! I struggle to wake up in the mornings, I need the same motivation you’ve got.

    PS the picture are beautiful!

  225. 369 rusticbeauty February 3, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    How did you manage! If I wake up at 4.30 am any day, I would go back to sleep thinking I still have 2.5 more hours to sleep!
    You definitely earned so many beautiful mornings! Great pics.

  226. 370 Shweta February 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Reblogged this on Decembermist's Blog and commented:
    Love this idea! Might be a nice inspiration to wake up early in the morning. πŸ™‚

  227. 371 7theaven February 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Aaaaaaaaaaand Im backkkkkkkkkk!!!

    Looving these photos AGAIN!!!

  228. 372 studiothirstycrow February 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    life is a great bouncing act !! and Sky is the Poet !!! ❀ the pics

  229. 373 AnnaBananaBell February 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Wow, the pictures are beautiful. I am a night owl, but I love sunrise more than sunsets.

  230. 374 Ellie February 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Amazing idea and gorgeous pictures! Highly inspirational… πŸ™‚

  231. 375 Cindi February 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I did not read through everyone’s responses, but this flashed through my head…how about a picture of sprout every morning his first year?

  232. 378 Lindsay Cash February 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Those are absolutely gorgeous! There’s truly nothing like a sunrise!

  233. 379 anactinthecircus February 6, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Absolutely glorious. And when your baby boy enters this world the sunrises and sunsets become even more profound and glorious as if a new dimension of color has been discovered. All the best to you.

  234. 380 abreedon February 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Wow! I am absolutely blown away by your dedication, exhaustion, and style of writing. Great blog! Isn’t it strange the things that consume us sometimes, if for no reason at all? It’s spectacular! Thanks for putting a smile on my face πŸ™‚

  235. 381 stephanissima February 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Wow. I am in awe of you doing this, especially on the cold winter mornings! Congrats! πŸ™‚

  236. 382 mydistortedview February 7, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Not that I am anybody, but I commend you for undertaking this task.It takes a lot of commitment. Some of these look like the sky is red hot coals and fire, but not in a bad way. I would print these like 16×20.

  237. 383 mastermotivator February 7, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    This was beautiful! Your little sprout will be so proud of of your dedication and commitment!

  238. 384 blackmagickitty February 10, 2012 at 12:42 am

    thats incredible and probably quite the expierence

  239. 385 Hoe February 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Thanks for your effort. I never want to do that, even though the pictures look really nice.

  240. 386 michellelittlelaroche February 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    What discipline….beautiful photos and the sunrise is so inspiring, Congratulations!

  241. 387 barrycyrus February 13, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Nice! But it won’t work for afternoon people like me! Haha maybe I could get photos of the sunset, on the other hand.

  242. 388 timmy February 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    These pictures are just so AWSOME!

  243. 389 waterliyl February 14, 2012 at 5:07 am

    These are spectacular images! Congratulations on the task too – how daunting – I’d never be able to wake up so early every day of the year!

  244. 390 Louise February 21, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    This is absolutely fantastic, you’ve captured some awesome photos.

  245. 391 Lea Ael August 7, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Wow now you can start a new project and capture a picture between sunset and dusk for a year (my 2nd favorite time of the day) πŸ˜€


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