August 22, 2013

Early morning in Fells Point.

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

I am a morning person.

Boats at dock opening to the Baltimore Harbour.

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

All of us have a circadian rhythm, which is an internal clock that largely determines our degree of wakefulness throughout the day.  Several different brain structures are involved and turn on or turn off when interacting with light.  While there is a degree of genetics at play here, meaning folks tend to be “morning persons” or “evening persons”, an individual circadian rhythm can be “trained” or regulated though the application of a consistent, disciplined, daily schedule of going to sleep and awakening at the same time on a daily basis.  At this point in my life, my internal clock awakens me around 5:00 a.m. (which is often earlier than the setting for my external clock) and I am mostly done for the day around 9:00 pm.  This pattern started when I was in college and needed to take early morning classes so as to be available for various sports’ practices in the afternoon.  Once I entered the working world, getting up and out early allowed me to avoid the heaviest traffic.  Quite a functional pattern.

Early morning runners.

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved

Aside from the functionality, there is an aesthetic appeal to the early morning also:  both the ambient light and general environment are quiet.  It is possible to actually hear the footsteps of someone running past.  Folks are not as yet completely wired to their technology (or wired by their technology) and will actually make eye contact and say “good morning”.  Very civil.

Man walking a dog.

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

On a related note, today, August 22, is International Street Photographer’s Day.  Henri Cartier-Bresson is often considered the prototypical street photographer and today is his birthday.  Practicing some street photography before the city was completely awake was one more reason to be up and out early this particular morning.

Take care.

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