It has been a little while since my last city sunrise. As I have discovered throughout this year, finding the dawn in a city is always a bit of a challenge. Nevertheless, Denver gave us some beautiful and unexpected scenes.
There was an intensely bright planet (I assume it must be a planet) shining in the southeast (see it over the top of the capital dome?). Since it was still quite dark, we got a nice shot of that “morning star.” Is it Venus? SO bright – maybe because of our altitude.
It is an impressive city all around. The kids are all at A’s apartment, but J and I are in a hotel at the end of the “16th St. mall,” a mile long pedestrian boulevard with a free shuttle. Everything is quite beautiful with Christmas lights.
The capital area looks grandly out upon the vista of the Rocky Mountains – or just the foothills to the Rockies. It is interesting that they chose to orient the building toward the west, the region of expansion and exploration, frontier and discovery, wilderness and challenge. The nature of historical perspective is quite different out here than it is on the east coast, where the feel of old Europe and early trans-Atlantic settlers dominates the scene.
Inscription on one of the western facing steps of the capital:
J is not so used to these early morning walks. Plus, he didn’t go through a stretching routine this morning. So he took a little break along the way.
He has never been terribly self-conscious. It’s probably a good thing that our kids weren’t with us at this moment. “Dad! What are you DOING!” (Notice the duct-taped sneakers. He is a frugal man)
Here are a few scenes of the eastern glow and pinking of the sky. Some of the best views today, as often happens, were the transfer glow of dawn in the west.