This was one sunrise when Santa Cruz went nuclear, and it was a total surprise. I had met up with my friend Steve at Its Beach. We started off shooting the blue hour, and as time passed on it seemed clear that there was no gap on the horizon. I decided to get in my car and drive to work. As I was driving down West Cliff I looked in my rearview mirror, and saw a faint glow. I continued driving forward while looking backwards; not safe, and not recommended! The glow increased exponentially ,and then I went into panic mode. I parked my truck near Getchell street, and ran down to the reef. I ended up throwing my camera on my small flexible Joby tripod. I laid on my stomach, and started shooting. The colors just got more intense as the sun ascended. This is one of my favorite takes from that morning. The ocean swell was small, so I didn't get any water motion in the foreground. I'm not complaining at all, but some water motion would have made the shot in my opinion.