Both software and my processing skills improve with time. I originally took and posted this image in August, 2012 but I was never really satisfied with it. Recently the father of a good friend of mine passed away and I decided I wanted to do a personal card for her and I chose this image. Her roots are in Maine. This image is of Hatchet Cove near Friendship, Maine. Some of my earliest American ancestors passed by this cove in 1742 on their way to settling Waldoboro, Maine. I arose early to catch the sunrise and some color. The tide was ebbing as I arrived, just an hour before low tide. Maine tides are significant and as I waited on the appearance of the sun and color with my tripod just at the edge of the water, the shoreline receded fairly quickly. I would pick up my tripod and reposition again at the edge of the water keeping a watchful eye on the changing skyline. By the time I arrived at this spot and took the picture, I turned and I realized I was at least 50 yards from the shoreline and the large rock to the left had been underwater when I arrived. Themes of the past, present, and future echo in the many thankful descriptions on social media I read this month. As life moves before us and we follow its tide with an eye on a promising future, we are reminded to periodically glance back to the shoreline from which we came and to remind ourselves of the safe harbor provided. And we take note of the obstacles and opportunities as they emerge immediately before us hopefully successfully navigating them. So today I am thankful for a peaceful sunrise on a rocky Maine beach pondering the thoughts of Jacob Lagenauer as he passed with his family into the safe harbor of Broad Bay in October, 1742. The future held promise but many rocky obstacles lay ahead for those early settlers. Nikon D300, Tamron [email protected], f22, 5 shot HDR processed in ProPhotomatix v 5.0.