(SUN)RISE AND SHINE – WPC
“Sunrise, how lovely it seems to see from my window a sky full of dreams.”
Those who know me might think I would focus on sunsets in response to Erica’s Rise/Set challenge, since my reputation for disliking early morning is well known. Never let it be said, however, that I cannot “rise” to the occasion now and then. The photography gods know better than to offer me a mediocre sunset on those times when I’m up before dawn to shoot morning’s glory. As seen above at Botany Bay and below among the oaks of Ace Basin, the South Carolina sun has put on some spectacular shows to reward my pre-dawn efforts.
“Sunrise and the new day’s breakin’ through.”
While both of my opening captures were made within an hour or so of my home here on Kiawah, I’ve also been known to make my way down to our own beautiful beach in the early morning hours. Admittedly it doesn’t happen often but when it does I can usually count on a lovely light show here as well.
“The world is waiting for the sunrise.”
Yet another beautiful nearby spot can be found on Deveaux Bank, where there is a densely-populated bird sanctuary replete with winged creatures of many species.
” Then came sunrise, fading the moon and stars from sight.”
I’ve often been known to wake before the sun while traveling. Since I follow a “one and done” philosophy, I’m always anxious to take advantage of as many hours, and to see as many places, as I can squeeze in. I have a fond and distinct memory of shooting sunrise with a good friend at Angkor Wat, especially since the shoot took place from a hot air balloon (no worries, we were tethered to the ground 😀). The sky that day was quite hazy, which only added to the beauty of this ancient place.
“Good morning sunrise, you brighten up my day.”
Speaking of hot air balloons, I captured the sunrise moment below during a visit to beautiful Bend, Oregon.
“Sunrise, a symphony of golden sunlight.”
Who could forget sunrise in Patagonia in beautiful Torres Del Paine National Park? Happily we shot sunrise on our first morning, as it was the last time the early morning sun broke through the clouds.
“Sunrise, Sunset….Swiftly fly the years”
Jerrold and Harnick
I could go on and on (and I suppose perhaps I already have!). I’ve enjoyed my sunrise meander down memory lane and hopefully you have too. Here’s to a lifetime of beautiful sunrises for us all.