As soon as it got above our trees, I knew that it would be a stupendous sunrise.
I surveyed the different directions, and the colors awed me in all directions.
The Continental Divide...
In the winter, I usually get a "strong wind warning" at about this point so I stop taking footage and land. On this morning, the air was completely calm so I could go up a little higher to take in more views.
To the east... you can see the bright spot where the sun will rise.
The Continental Divide... our constant guardian and source of the usual winds.
Then, the sun crested the distant horizon, and it was time to land. I know that the wind usually starts blowing right after sunrise. It's not worth the risk of staying aloft.
If you feel like seeing more footage, I made a one minute video (Youtube link) surveying the world around us early and late in the sunrise.