Pink beams of light, at sunrise

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At approximately 5:38AM, dawn had taken the form of three wide pinkish beams of light.
At approximately 5:38AM, dawn had taken the form of three wide pinkish beams of light.

A photograph is worth a thousand words, but I’m not an especially skilled photographer and my attempts at capturing a sunrise or sunset, as it appears to my eyes, always seem to go awry and end up inadequate at best and more frequently disappointing. This time is no different, but a recent dawn was so striking that, as lackluster as the photos would likely turn out, I had to try to capture the scene. Dawn had taken the form of a three-pronged fork of pinkish light.

Almost the same view, roughly 7 minutes later (5:45 AM).
Almost the same view, roughly 7 minutes later (5:45 AM).

Within a few minutes, the view had changed completely and the sky had gotten noticeably darker, turning into what you see in the next photo, the one directly above this bit of text. When I returned from getting the espresso machine going, the sky had brightened once again but the panorama was no longer as striking as it had been a short while earlier.