As the curtain of darkness falls, someone yells, "look!" and I snap my head upward. The sun looks as if it has been shot through with a bullet; a huge gaping hole remains where the center should have been. The sun, free from its shackles, extends its arms and dances. Firey wisps seem to buzz with some otherworldly energy.
Catching sunrise atop Cadillac Mountain is like a rite of passage for those visiting Acadia National Park. Here, we provide a few tips on how to really enjoy it.
With iron rungs and knife-edge ridges, this heart-pounding route serves up adrenaline in spades.
No reservations? No problem.
As photographers, we'd almost always choose a chance to capture sunrise over sunset, not because we love torturing ourselves at 3 a.m., but because, for a moment, mere mortals such as ourselves have the incredible fortune to experience something so utterly magical. And have it all (or mostly all) to yourself.
The final dispatch.