This was taken early one morning overlooking the Calibogue Sound in South Carolina. I was severely jet-lagged after flying here from Germany the night before, so I was up at 4:30 am, well before the dawn. Once I saw the colors starting to appear in the clouds, I quickly grabbed my camera and ventured outside to capture what was a most impressive sunrise. The colors were more intense than I had ever seen in this area with incredible purples and magentas stretching into the sky as well as reflecting in the incoming tide. The silhouetted branches, reeds & the dock in the foreground provided striking contrast to the light/color in the distance.
The color lasted only a short time, quickly fading as the sun made its way over the horizon. A great moment aided by my body not knowing what time zone it was in. Thank you jet-lag. :)