My wife and I arrived at Lake Mattamuskeet, the largest natural lake in North Carolina, in search of tundra swans and other waterfowl that spend the winter there. We made our plans several weeks in advance and had no idea that a major winter freeze and snowstorm would arrive along the eastern coast before we would.
Undaunted by the weather conditions we chose our sunrise location the prior evening and set out from our hotel more than two hours before sunrise. After a nearly one hour drive we arrived in the dark, parked our car and began to prepare for the 7 degree temperatures and, hopefully, a colorful sunrise.
As soon as there was enough light, we framed a row of trees in the lake and waited for the light show to begin. In short order, the wispy clouds turned pink and the sky above reflected a beautiful blue in the ice by our feet. We hardly felt the cold as we marvelled at this incredible scene before us.
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