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Sunrise on Perch Lake

Photo taken by first-time contributor Don, a man in his fifties from the Western North Carolina Mountains. Throughout his teens and twenties spikes of grandeur, depression, and anxiety were the norm, although back then no one used those terms, at least not in his small town. He struggled throughout his twenties, and married for the second time. Don continued to be plagued by episodes of mania and depression, until one day in his early thirties it all came crashing down. His anxiety turned to severe panic attacks. Fear and paranoia consumed him. It would take years to get a concrete diagnosis. Ultimately, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, general and social anxiety, and ADHD. It was around that time when he picked up the camera he had laid down some years back, and began to shoot again. He liked being behind the camera’s lens. He felt safe there, sort of like when a child puts his hands over his own eyes, thinking you cannot see him. Some of his photographs have been published and won a number of awards.

About this photo: “I took this photo one morning. I was driving to work and as I rounded a turn I saw this amazing sunrise over Perch Lake in Sparta, Wisconsin. I had to stop and shoot it. I pulled over by a dock, grabbed my camera bag and tripod, and ran to the lake. I set up my camera on the tripod and began shooting. I shot around 20 frames, with varying settings, as fast as I could, since sunrises don’t last very long. The entire event lasted about 10 minutes. Hopefully, the photographs will last forever.”

Find more from Don at his website and Facebook.


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16 comments on “Sunrise on Perch Lake

  1. Frank
    February 16, 2016

    Don really ootstanding landscape picture! Great and beautiful use of nature! Keep them coming!


  2. Rambling Rose
    February 17, 2016

    What an wonderful sunrise you have here !!! IT’s so difficult to capture sun and moonscapes. This is beautiful.


    • Don Graham
      February 20, 2016

      Thank you. You’re right. You only have minutes.


  3. mishunderstood
    February 17, 2016

    Stunning photography. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. hank shaw
    February 17, 2016

    a brillant image


  5. bluebrightly
    February 17, 2016

    This is so well composed and the light is delicately handled. I lived in western NC for a time and it’s easy to imagine the years you spent there without having the benefit of understanding. Glad you picked up the camera again!


  6. Karen
    February 17, 2016

    Wonderful photograph. I am glad both that you finally got some help and that you can create such an image. Thank you.


  7. autisticaplanet
    February 18, 2016

    This is absolutely heavenly. Thanks for sharing! Keep sharing.


  8. Don Graham
    February 20, 2016

    Oh my, what a special comment. Thank you!


  9. dimdaze
    February 20, 2016

    Reblogged this on dimdaze.


  10. Melisa
    March 4, 2016

    Wow, this is magnificent! It looks therapeutic, thank you for sharing it! ♡


  11. Don Graham
    July 11, 2017

    Oh my word. I have been away for a while. I can’t believe I’ve received all these wonderful comments. Y’all made my day. Thank you!


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