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The Greatest Photo ever taken from a Sleeping Bag

06/08/2015
Jen made this iPhone picture of the June 5 sunrise at Cobscook State Park while lying in her sleeping bag. (Photo by Jennifer Moore)

Jen made this iPhone picture of the June 5 sunrise at Cobscook State Park while lying in her sleeping bag. (Photo by Jennifer Moore)

It’s the greatest photograph ever taken from inside a sleeping bag.

Jen photographed the brilliant sunrise through the window of our tent with her iPhone at 4:55 a.m. June 5. The picture was made from walk-in campsite #57 at Cobscook State Park near Lubec, Maine, the very northeastern tip of the United States.

We can thank a noisy crow for this one.

The bird visited our campsite just before dawn and made sure we knew another day was on its way to North America. It sounded like the crow stood on top of our little blue tent with a Marshall Amp secured on its back.

“CAW, CAW, CAW,” said the bird into some kind of trick microphone. “Brrrr, Brrrrr, Brrrrr. pa-CAW. pa-CAW. pa-CAW.”

Translation: “Wake up you lazy bums and check out this amazing sunrise. The muted blue light. The black rock silhouettes in the cove. The chrome colored water at low tide. Get up NOW.”

I squirmed around in my sleeping bag, sat up on my elbows and looked through a crack in the tent window. The crow was right. We were missing something spectacular.

“O.K. Mr. Crow you can move along now,” said Jen, from her pillow.

And with that the sun popped up from behind a row of trees across the cove maybe a quarter mile away. The inside of our tent burst with light like a disco ball hung over our heads.

“Roll down the window,” I said.

Jen unzipped the arched shaped window and we both looked at the morning through mosquito mesh.

Then Jen reached behind her sleeping bag and grabbed an iPhone from the tent pocket. With one hand, she dialed in the camera and took aim through the mesh window. I watched the screen as the she framed the sun, the sky, the trees and the cove

“Snap.”

She looked at the results. Put the phone back in the tent pocket. Lied down on her pillow and closed her eyes for more sleep.

Later that morning, I ran into a man carrying a camera bag and tripod near the campground parking lot. “Did you get any good pictures?” I asked.

“I won’t know until I get them home and have a look on the computer,” he said. This guy was a hard core photographer – even the tripod looked expensive. I’m sure he was up at 3 a.m. scouting photo locations and setting up equipment.

“The best light is just before the sun comes up,” he said like someone who photographed dawn sky more than birthday parties.

“I’ll have to give it a try tomorrow,” I said.

But I knew neither one of us would get anything better than the photo Jen made lying in her sleeping bag.

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One Comment
  1. John Freed permalink

    Beautiful shot!

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