For a year and a half after I resumed my photography pursuits, I've traveled all over Staten Island visiting many of it's larger ponds and nice lakes searching for shots of hawks, herons, turtles and any other animals that inhabit such venues. But I also had another type of shot sitting in the back of my head - a wonderfully moody sunrise or sunset as it peaked through bare branches draped in fog as it reflected it's light off a lake. But after much careful studying of maps and past visits around the island for an additional two years after capturing all those new shots, I concluded that only Wolfe's pond held the potential for this type of shot. It was the only lake with a horizon view that wasn't blocked by a hill or buildings where the sun would be at dawn or dusk. And with this section of the lake facing the Atlantic ocean I knew a wonderfully moody fog filled dawn was possible, if it rose over that particular section of the lake during either the spring or fall.
Spring came to bat first after I had reached that conclusion, and I trekked out here 3 weeks before this day on one of my days off to see exactly what part of the eastern horizon the sun rose over. If it was too far to the left then the hills would block the sunrise. Homes would block the sun when it set in the west, so it was sunrise or bust. But it was so cloudy that day I never saw even a hint of the sun till after 1 in the afternoon. But watching the suns trek in the sky from that point till after 3 in the afternoon led me to believe that after my many years of searching I'd finally discovered that lone magic spot on the island to capture my desired image. Now as I looked through my viewfinder and watched the sun rise through the light fog, I was delighted to see I was right.
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