I am trying to construct 'alternate text' for a photograph I am submitting for evaluation. The photo is in the 'cityscape' category and depicts the harbour at dawn with cranes that are normally busy - but not are still in the early morn.
The phrase that came to mind was
The Harbour Cranes lay dormant at sunrise in the Townsville Port. '
However, I'm unsure as to whether the 'lay dormant' phrase is correct. It elicits a sense of non movement over am extended period of time whereas I'm trying to express a sense of rest and impending awakening.
Any help with this will be appreciated.