January 2nd

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

When the alarm went off in the morning, I'll admit, it was a challenge to get up, knowing it was -12 outside. Since this is my career, I get asked often: "Do you get up every day for sunrise?"

I usually chuckle and respond, "no." Some mornings, I'm motivated, but more often than not, the days are filled with work, and that can take away from the willingness to get out early.

But now, as the motivation of this project challenges me to get out into nature every day, that may change. This morning was a good reminder of those quiet moments that I find fulfilling, as the sun rises and the landscape awakens around me. I enjoyed watching the sunrise pink slowly creep in until it crescendoed into a full sky of color, setting a perfect backdrop to the Grand Tetons. Mornings like this make me realize how fortunate I am to have the opportunities to do this, and I never want to take it for granted. So, for those few minutes today before the sunrise, it was me, the mountains, and my thoughts. And oh yes, the cold.
Photo © copyright by Jennifer Renwick.

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