As I loaded my bag and tripod into the Forester yesterday morning, I glanced up at the sky and saw a bright warm glow at the edge of the horizon. Although covering the sky, the stratocumulus (I think) clouds were a puffy mass with a gap to the east which gave me ideas of a brilliant sunrise. A quick trip to Owens Pond put me in a nice spot with bare trees and frosted spent goldenrod as my foreground. The brilliance never really developed but there was still a bit of nice color on parts of the clouds and a pleasant start to a nice day.
Despite the deep divisions in our country these days, many of us have opportunities for a good life reasonably free from hardship. We could still be better but the freedoms in our society are there because of the sacrifices made by those who have served to protect us. All veterans who gave either their lives or risked their well-being and lost time away from their homes and families have made this country a great place to live. Today, Veterans Day, is the official day of recognition, but we owe them our thanks every day.