Normally, I have my alarm set for 05:15, but on this day I was out of bed at 04:50. I just checked - dawn in Seattle was at 05:17, so this was about half an hour before sunrise.
I was awake because of the most amazing phenomenon... the entire sky was a brilliant red - brighter in the east but still bright enough in the west. It was that bright red light that woke me.
After going up on deck and standing there half asleep with my mouth hanging open, I rushed down below to find a camera to capture it, thinking, "How does one capture an entire sky? How does one tell the camera automatic white balance to not balance out the brilliant color?"
But sadly, by the time I got back above deck, the color had faded dramatically, and in another minute or two, it was gone.
I can only suppose that this was the responsibility of our heat wave, and the stagnant, dusty air that results from it... somehow.
I wish you could have seen it.
Sometimes it pays to get up before dawn.