The sound of…. silence

After a long drive to Big Bend, we arrived on site at our designated back country campsite and set up camp in the dark.  Unfortunately, it’s something I’ve done more than once and while it’s never much fun, we got it all sorted out promptly.

After a fairly restless night of sleep – tired a little, excited a lot, and unable to get comfortable on the ground, I was up early enough to find my camera gear, put on all my moto clothes, warm and load up the bike and head down the road a bit to what’s becoming a favorite location to shoot the sunrise at Big Bend.


As often seems to be the case, the colors of the sunrise were like a lifesavers’ roll of candy, going from dark to light to dark again as the sky ran away from the sun.  It was extremely quiet at first, but as more and more light spread over the desert, all at once a cacophony of sounds erupted as it seemed every bird in the world started chirping and signing.  Truly glorious morning and it made up rather nicely for an extremely cold motorcycle ride to get to this spot.


~ by Derrick Birdsall on December 29, 2011.

22 Responses to “The sound of…. silence”

  1. What a beautiful sight! I love sunrises, and this one is stunning. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a wonderful way to start the day!
    I love sunrises (and sunsets) and am extremely fortunate that at this time of the year I can watch them from the warmth of my living room! Of course, where I live, it will be many many months before motorcycles leave the garage!

  3. Great truly the colors are silence, excellent post 🙂

  4. Wow! Breathtakingly beautiful.

  5. Very beautiful, indeed, Derrick. Hope you have a happy and safe new year’s.

    Happy New Year!


  6. great post. happy new year

  7. Wow –
    I think even I could roll out of bed to check out a view like that!
    Beautifully captured, Mr. B!

  8. Your description of the moment is as beautiful as the image, Derrick. Not a bad way to wake up, huh? 🙂

  9. Breathtaking photo 🙂 Thanks for the share!

  10. Glorious colours and I am sure they more than made up for the rough night’s sleep – but how lovely for you to be enjoying such freedom on your bike!

  11. The color of the sky is breathtaking ….

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