“There's always a story. It's all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything's got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.”
― Terry Pratchett,
It seems appropriate that I am writing this entry in the pre-dawn hours, tucked tightly into a cocoon of darkness. In just a little over an hour, as I write this, the sun will rise and a new day will begin.
|Sunrise, Long Beach, CA|
|Sunset, Dana Point, CA|
Both dawn and dusk are favorites for photographers. The lighting is dramatic and intense, giving us both inspiration and opportunity. Either directly shooting the sun as it rises or descends, or using the light from it as it falls upon some other target of our attentions.
|Sunrise, Mt Haleakala, Maui, HI|
|Sunset from Mallory Pier, Key West, FL|
Bodies of water seem to be appropriate canvases for the breaking of day or setting of the sun. The reflective nature enhances and frames the sun in a way that is remarkably profound and -- thankfully -- quite photogenic. And it oftentimes is an event which we will remember long after the sun has set and we've returned to our regular activities. It's a moment of pause, of -- pardon the pun -- reflection.
|Sunrise on the tundra|
Sunsets are communal, shared, and more celebratory in a way. It's not the end of the day for many people, just the ending of daylight. As such, watching the sun go down is a group effort, while the sunrise is not. There may be one or two other souls who have similarly gotten up early, grabbed a cup of coffee and wandered out to see the morning's light. I described one such sunrise here.
These are some of my favorite places to see the sun awaken and also fall to sleep.
|Sunset, Grand Canyon, AZ|
|Last vestige of light over Joshua Tree NP, CA|
|Sunset aboard the MSY Wind Surf - Adriatic Sea|
|Sunset, Hanalei Bay, Kauai, HI|
|Sunrise, Monument Valley, AZ/UT|
|Just before sunrise, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, HI|
|Sunset, Washington, DC|
|Sunset, Nice, France|
|Sunrise, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia|
|Sunrise, Sedona, AZ|
|Sunset, Santa Fe, NM|
|Sunset, Las Vegas|
|Sunrise off the coast of Mexico|
|Sunrise, Cayman Islands|
|Sunrise just off the coast of Panama|
|Sunset, Cartagena, Colombia|
|Sunset, Kona, Big Island, HI|