Hurricane Rita Sunrise
Bright orange glowed beneath my closed eyes like those of a jack o’ lantern at Halloween. The sky was glowing well before the sun rose from the hillside. I grabbed the camera and hustled to the dock below. Standing above water glowing like molten lava I shot waves of tangerine, orange and gold both above and below, in the lake. The show lasted about 5 minutes before the clouds ran together, blocking the sunrise. Eventually, these outer bands of Hurricane Rita turned Wheeler Lake into the Red Sea as torrential rains drained the south’s red clay into the river. Winds here in North Alabama reached 80 mph. I could not imagine being any closer to the eye of such a beast. It was an experience like no other.