I just got back from a family vacation in southern Maine, and managed to get out for sunrise on a couple of occasions. This particular morning presented an absolutely beautiful display of clouds and color with zero wind; perfect conditions for some long exposures. So where is this, you ask? It’s the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in York, ME. It was my first time visiting the refuge, and I can guarantee I’ll be back again soon. It’s an impressively large place, with thousands of acres of protected land spread out from Kittery all the way to Cape Elizabeth near Portland. I chose to explore the southern part, and the trail I was on is an easy 1 mile loop through the refuge that provides several lookout spots along the salt marsh and woods. Although the tide was low, this little estuary made a great leading line through the image towards the rising sun. Morning beauty indeed.