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The Early Bird Gets the Image!

The Early Bird Gets the Image!

Let’s Be Wild nudges us outside to record the beauty of the sunrise.   We are in the rainy season here in Ecuador, and the rain trumps the sunshine for the first hours of each morning!    I am reaching back to share a memory of an amazing sunrise at Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica.   Later that day, my friend Marie said, “I came by your house early this morning, and you were gone!”

These images illustrate the rewards of leaving home in the pitch-black darkness in hopes of finding unique sunrise moments.

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The sounds of awakening dawn often prompt me into getting outside before the first light tints the sky! That particular morning at Playa San Miguel rewarded me with a jackpot of memories!  This area is about a twenty-minute walk from my house, and I wanted to get in place to record the dramatic morning light.

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00 07 rockss dawn sunrise

00 09  dawbb for marie

00 10 dawnnn playa san miguel for marie

00 10 dawnnnn for marie

Well good morning sunshine!

00 11 dawnn for marie

What a serene way t o start the day!

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After the sun crept a bit higher, I started exploring the beach.

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The sun was still too low to warm this rocky area.

00 23 dawn san miguel

Looking back to the pre-dawn vantage point, I also inspected the high-tide flotsam.

00 24 b dawn hermit crab copyright lisa brunetti

Well, hello there, guapo!

00 24 dawn herrmit crabs

Hermit crabs have such character!

00 25 dawn coconut

A lone coconut beckoned, “Come look inside!”

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Hermit crabs love to feast on the meat of a discarded coconut!

00 30 dawn hermit crabs

Many times I hit the jackpot and find a crab-stuffed coconut!

00 36 dawn hermits

Private all-you-can-eat dining!

00 37 dawn hermits

The alarm bell sounds, and the hermit crabs evacuate!

The hermits weren't expecting to have an alient abduction of their coconut craft!  They quickly abandoned ship!

The hermits weren’t expecting an alient abduction of their coconut craft! They quickly abandoned ship!

I enjoyed photographing them as they left the scene of their feast!

I enjoyed photographing them as they left the scene of their feast!

One can never have too many hermit photos!

One can never have too many hermit photos!

But wait... what's this?

But wait… what’s this?

I cold have stayed in bed and slept through this moment!

I could have stayed in bed and slept through this moment!

This one will have award-winning stories to share on full-moon nights!

This one will have award-winning stories to tell on full-moon nights!

Thanks, Let's Be Wild, for this great opportunity to share a very memorable dawn/sunrise moment!

Thanks, Let’s Be Wild, for this great opportunity to share a very memorable dawn/sunrise moment!

Ah, when most people are just awakening, I had enjoyed an amazing conversation with the awakening dawn!

Ah, while many people were having their first cup of coffee , I was having amazing conversations with the awakening dawn!

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