Sunrise over Lake Apopka

Memorial Day morning I woke up early — way too early! So, since I had a new iPhone 5 and I wanted to try out the camera, I woke up the hubby and said, “Let’s go for a walk!” He thought I was either kidding or meant let’s go later. Nope, I wanted to walk down to the lake to catch the sunrise. And, after checking, I learned that sunrise was scheduled for 6:28 a.m.! No time to dilly-dally. I think I’m going to have fun with this camera phone. I just think it’s too bad I didn’t read the camera instructions BEFORE I went to the lake. I would have known I could zoom in on stuff. Oh, well, this could be the start of something new!ย The pictures have no touching up done to them. On with the show!

Lake Apopka is probably about 4-5 blocks from our house. We left on our walk about 6:00 a.m. It took us about 15-20 minutes to walk there.

Arriving at the Pier at Lake Apopka

Arriving at the Pier at Lake Apopka

While we were waiting for the sun to peek over in the east, I turned around to face the west. The moon was still there as big as life itself.

Moonshine! Well, you know what I mean...!

Moonshine! Well, you know what I mean…!

Getting closer!

Here comes the sun!

Here comes the sun!

While we were waiting for the sun to keep rising, we saw turtles, big gators and a couple of baby gators, all kinds of birds, little ones and big ones. They wouldn’t show up in my pictures because they were always too far away. And, of course, I didn’t know I had a zoom lens. Although, if you look very closely in the right-hand square below, there’s a spot in the picture. Yep, it’s a gator swimming away from us.

Oh, look, a bird! You can almost see it. Where's that darn zoom?

Oh, look, birds! You can almost see them. Where’s that darn zoom?

The fishing was amazing. We saw so many of the osprey diving and flying off with their breakfast of fish. They moved so fast I was never able to get one on camera.

Gettin' there!

Gettin’ there!

Okay, it's up, we can go now!

Okay, it’s up, we can go now!

Such a pleasant and perfect morning. The temperature was perfect. It was probably 60’s and just ever so slightly breezy. The heat and humidity had not come into play as yet. Once the sun was up and over the horizon, we started for home. Breakfast was waiting to be made!

The walk home

So quiet and peaceful.

Well, I have to admit here that I just don’t know the names of flowers and plants unless it’s the obvious (roses, tulips, daisies, etc.). I think these are azaleas and, boy, this bush was just beautiful. It’s wrapped around a light in a front yard. I didn’t take a picture from afar. I wanted one that just showed all the flowers and their color.



This house below is around the corner from us. I just love this house. I think it was probably built in the 20’s or 30’s. I can’t begin to count the number of commercials and movie scenes that have been filmed using this house as a backdrop. It’s kind of hard to actually see the houses itself through the trees.

Around the corner

And we’re back home!

Home Sweet Home

13 comments on “Sunrise over Lake Apopka

  1. Flora Poste says:

    Beautiful photo’s! And all this gorgeous scenery just a little walk away from home. Can’t imagine what it must be to have gators running around though;o)
    Have a lovely day, Johanna

    • So far the gators have kept to their lake and I’d like to keep it that way! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Flora Poste says:

        Ha, sounds right;o) So it is not that you will find a gator in the bushes whilst gardening! What a relief!
        We had wolves in the wintertime in Canada: sometimes we found the tracks in the garden in the morning or would see them in the forest: never bothered me either. Guess, you learn to know your fellow critters….

  2. David says:

    Very good shots for not having read the instructions.

    • Thank you! The funny thing is, I went back down to the lake a couple of days ago to see if I could catch anything with my zoom. It was weird because every time I set the zoom, centered the picture and clicked, everything was off to the side. I ended deleting every picture! Apparently I have more to learn! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. You captured some lovely shots with your camera. I count on my regular camera with 20X zoom for the gators though.

    • Thanks, Virginia. I don’t even use my old digital camera anymore. I think it’s 3 megapixels and my iPhone is 8! Not sure what the zoom is on my iPhone 5. When I took these pictures I didn’t know my camera even had a zoom! Learning day by day! Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oh my goodness, the sunrise pictures are just so super awesome!!!! <33

  5. Great images-especially 3,4,5-lovely colors Linda! What a great way to practice using the camera on your iPhone-

  6. […] although I used some of my sunrise photos in a previous post (click here) I repeat a couple of them here for fun! So, please enjoy. Now, I must get back to my […]

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