I never get tired of seeing first light hit the magnificent granite rocks that guard the Acadia coastline. Maybe it was the snow, or perhaps it was just the warm, lower-angled winter light, but the sunrise on this morning was truly remarkable. My request for wispy, reflective clouds or crashing surf to add drama must have been lost in the mail, but this was a pretty impressive scene nonetheless.
I have to tell you though… as I was composing these photographs, a blazing ball of light screamed across the sky from left to right and disappeared over the top of the cliffs. I have seen plenty of shooting stars before, but this was like nothing I have ever witnessed. Think of a scene from one of those fatalistic disaster movies where a meteorite crashes into the earth… that’s what it looked like – minus the crash! Whatever streaked overhead was on fire like a magnesium flare, burning very, very brightly with a long luminous tail. It literally took my breath away as I watched for what must have been at least several seconds as it raced across the sky.
Of course I did not get a photograph of the event, and I have researched online but was unable to find any mention in the news about what I saw – so it would appear that I may have been the only one to see it! Between this strange but spectacular sight and the lovely winter sunrise… what an amazing way to start the day!