Scaredy Cat Adventures: Sunrise Photography

Sunrise over Cannock Chase

Heather over Cannock Chase

A couple of weeks ago, I realised that I’d never actually watched the sun come up. Sure, I’ve been up when the sun is rising, but I’ve never actually watched it. 

Realising that I have a photography competition coming up soon, I decided it was time to right that. How do you get to 23-years-old without properly appreciating the sun rising? It’s even more ridiculous when I tell you that I live a 10-minute drive from an Area of Outstanding Beauty. Pretty embarrassing. I have no excuse. 

Sunrise over Cannock Chase

Sunrise over Cannock Chase

A couple of Thursday’s ago, my Mum and I left the house at around 6am (that’s about an hour and a half before I’m normally even awake!) and headed to one of our favourite spots.

I’m fascinated by space. I love thinking about it until my brain is aching from trying to comprehend the universe. How amazing is it, that there’s this ball of burning hot gas 92.96 million miles away that heats our planet. Every. Single. Day. To me, that’s mindblowing. 

Sunrise over Cannock Chase

Sunrise over Cannock Chase

It’s easy to take things that are always there for granted, and I enjoyed taking the time to watch the sun come up. Especially in the week; I find quiet time energises me and makes the rest of the week feel a lot easier. 

My Mum had to go to work earlier than me, so she left after a while. Leaving me alone, in the middle of this beautiful landscape, with nothing but a couple of deer and a sunrise. 

Scaredy Cat Adventures

You may have spotted ‘Scaredy Cat Adventures’ at the beginning of this post and be wondering what on earth that means. 

I’m scared of a lot of things. Things that perhaps a lot of people find easy and don’t even think twice about doing. Scaredy Cat Adventures is my way of documenting, and encouraging myself, to do things that scare me and try to deal with those fears. 

One of my favourite quotes ever is from Divergent: 

Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it. – Four, Divergent

That’s what I want to do. I don’t know how often I will post Scaredy Cat Adventures, but every time I do something that I consider scary, I will blog about it, and maybe some of you can relate to me about some of my fears. 

What’s scary about sunrise photography? Well, it’s not the sunrise photography itself that scares me, it’s being in a secluded spot that scares me. 

Though I am an introvert and I’m happy to be alone in one part of the house, I don’t really like being completely alone and knowing there’s no one around to help me. 

My Mum was there to start with, but then she went. I didn’t stress and run to the car, like I thought I might. I stayed for another 45-minutes, until I absolutely had to go to work, and I was fine. Perfectly fine. 

Let’s not call this a fear conquered, but I feel a little more comfortable and confident about being there on my own now.