Cliff Walk Sunrise

Newport, Rhode Island

A popular destination to visit in New England is Newport, Rhode Island. Newport has plenty to do and see from shopping to sailing. For those who like to tour mansions of yesteryear, it is a mecca. There are eleven mansions that lie on Bellevue Avenue and it's surrounding streets. They were built by the super rich industrialists and financiers of the day during the Gilded Age as summer destinations. These summer "cottages" are quite opulent with the biggest mansion having 70 rooms. Most of the mansions overlook the waters of Easton Bay.

While I enjoy visiting the mansions, one of my favorite things to do is to walk along Cliff Walk, especially before dawn to photograph the sunrise. Cliff Walk is a 3.5-mile public access walkway that lies in between the Newport mansions and the bay. This particular October morning was crisp and clear and the golden colors just before sunrise were spectacular. I noticed the silhouette of this tree along the path and thought it would give great contrast to the bright yellow colors of the rising sun.