Early this morning (and I mean early… 4:15am wakeup, pre-5am out the door) my friend Ron took me on a sunrise hike up Thunderbird Mountain to see the city of Phoenix in the early morning light. We fortunately got a few clouds to liven up the sky a bit, which basically went from black to blue, bypassing the shades of orange and red one hopes for in a desert sunrise. The only non-blue hues were right on the horizon, escaping as quickly as the temperature rose.

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