One of the few things I regret about no longer being on the night shift is that once summer comes around again, I won't be awake to take photos of when the day just begins. I did a lot of that last summer, when I had to expose myself to as much daylight as possible to keep from going mad. There's something very calming in the air at daybreak, a cool edge to the wind that's long evaporated by the time the averagefolk start to roll out of bed.
I took this photograph on August 23, 2008 at 5:52 AM EDT from Sir Casimir Gzowski Park on the Toronto waterfront, just east of the border with Etobicoke, looking back toward the downtown core. A cropped and printed version of this photo lives on my living room shelf, as well - it's good that I like this photo so much, because I opened my finger on the edge of the glass frame when I was getting everything together. If you like it, I encourage you to do the same - except for opening your finger, as it's rather unpleasant and can liberate a lot of blood.
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