Early Morning #DigitalDetox – Spectacular Sunrise over the River Orwell

As Wildlife Gadgetman I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to work outside regularly but I go through periods where I spend lots of time in front of a computer, and when I say lots of time I mean LOTS! Writing and creating additional content for my blog, designing new projects, interacting on social media, the list goes on.

Don’t get me wrong, I adore what I do for a living but sometimes its important to get away from the screens, get outdoors and have a ‘Digital Detox‘.

One of my favourite ways to detox is to go on an early morning walk to watch the sunrise or and evening stroll to watch the sunset. I’m not totally gadget free of course (!) as I have my cameras with me but at least I’m out in the fresh air, observing some wonderful sights and generally reconnecting with nature.

If the conditions are right I also like to practice my timelapse photography, and boy was last Sunday the right conditions! I had been keeping an eye on the forecast all last week hoping for a reasonably sunny start to the day and checking the weather app on my phone Saturday evening I thought I would give Sunday a go. My planned destination – a stretch of the River Orwell known as the Strand just along from the Orwell Bridge.

The-Strand-Google-Map-600bMy view up the River Orwell

I arrived at the layby just under the Orwell Bridge a little after 7.30am and had a feeling I was in for something a bit special! Over the next hour and a half I was treated to one of the most spectacular and awe inspiring sunrises I have ever seen. Everything was perfect – No wind, an interesting light smattering of fairly fast moving high altitude cloud, lots of bird life and fully charged batteries in the camera. Here are just some of the photos and a timelapse edited together with one or two video clips. I’ll add the full set to my Flickr page over the coming days.

I’m really pleased with how the photographs came out and although they give you a flavour of just how wonderful the sunrise was its still not quite the same as witnessing it for yourself. Why not make the effort to catch a few more sunrises yourself over the coming months. You’ll love the fresh air and I guarantee you’ll start the day with a smile!


10mins before sunrise the sky exploded with colour


Camera set up taking timelapse


The golden disc of the rising sun breaks the horizon


The shoreline and seaweed was covered in a thick layer of frost that crunched underfoot.


It’s hard to describe the feeling when you witness something so beautiful!


As the sun rose higher into the sky the fiery golden glow slowly started to fade into warm yellows. A mist started to roll in which diffused the light further.


Ice crystals on the seaweed – Beauty wherever you look!


The ice at the waters edge left some amazing structures. I couldn’t resist taking a few shots of the rising sun through some of the shards!



I couldn’t believe how quickly the scene changed over the period I watched. It  just got better and better!





And here is the timelapse of the sunrise with a few other clips edited in. Best watched in HD!




By | 2016-10-27T15:27:03+00:00 January 15th, 2014|Lifestyle, My Projects, Nature|4 Comments

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  1. Mick Wright February 8, 2014 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos, excellent work. Wish I could make my camera work like that.

    However, I have witnessed many early morning sunrises. The Orwell is a wonderful place when you are one with nature.

    • Wildlife Gadgetman February 12, 2014 at 8:07 am - Reply

      Thanks Mick! Its one of my favourite places.

  2. Mark R February 8, 2014 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Well that little video clip certainly lifts the spirits up.
    I would go home with a smile on my face after witnessing that beautiful sunrise.
    Well done, certainly worth the effort of getting up early.


    • Wildlife Gadgetman February 12, 2014 at 8:02 am - Reply

      Thanks Mark. It was amazing1

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