(SUN)RISE AND SHINE – WPC

“Sunrise, how lovely it seems to see from my window a sky full of dreams.”

Frank Sinatra

BEAUTIFUL BOTANY BAY

BEAUTIFUL BOTANY BAY

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.

LIVE OAKS, ACE BASIN

LIVE OAKS, ACE BASIN

“Sunrise and the new day’s breakin’ through.”

Uriah Heep

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.

KIAWAH BEACH SUNRISE

KIAWAH BEACH SUNRISE

“The world is waiting for the sunrise.”

Stan Freberg

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.

DEVEAUX BANK SUNRISE

DEVEAUX BANK SUNRISE

” Then came sunrise, fading the moon and stars from sight.”

Engelbert Humperdinck

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.  

SUNRISE, ANGKOR WAT

SUNRISE, ANGKOR WAT

“Good morning sunrise, you brighten up my day.”

The BeeGees

Speaking of hot air balloons, I captured the sunrise moment below during a visit to beautiful Bend, Oregon. 

UP UP AND AWAY

UP UP AND AWAY

“Sunrise, a symphony of golden sunlight.”

Casting Crowns

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, TORRES DEL PAINE

SUNRISE, TORRES DEL PAINE

“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.

 

 

 

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114 thoughts on “(SUN)RISE AND SHINE – WPC

  1. Hello Tina! I’m back from an incredible Blogger Trip to the Southern Hemisphere, and am spending time visiting blogs this evening. Hope you are well!
    These images are lovely, as always! Worth the early rise!

  2. That “Botany Bay” photo threw me, because living in Sydney I thought of that Botany Bay, and somehow the photo seemed wrong. Funny how our minds work! You captured a glorious shot there.

      • Tsk tsk. 😉 (Well, I didn’t know there was one in the US.) It’s where Captain Cook (and the first British naval ship) initially landed around what is now Sydney. So-called due, I think, to all the, er, botanising they did. It’s that large bay the airport juts into now.

  3. Tina these are fantastic photos! i’m exactly like you when traveling. In fact, I often plan the stops on a road-trip, with a close proximity to a beautiful sunrise in mind. Happy Easter!

  4. Your pictures of rise/set are gorgeous, Tina! My favorite was the magical Angkor Wat image. I chuckled at you comment about being able to ‘rise’ to the occasion every now and then…so familiar 🙂

  5. Your opening photo is stunning! I am not a fan of sunrise for the sane reason as you. Funny though, I rise early enough, I just don’t feel awake enough to go out to “capture the moment”.

    • Thanks John—never seen a sunrise as amazing as that one was. If course it was a 4am wake up call so that may explain why it’s the only one I’ve seen LOL

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  7. While taking the camera along is likely second nature to you, have you left your camera behind to absorb the sunrise/sunset or scene … committing it to be remembered rather than documented? (Also, includes keeping your phone in the pocket as well.) It’s about appreciating the moment instead. 🙂

    • LOL, says you David!! Often times I leave the camera behind to absorb the moment, but NEVER a sunrise! If I’m up at that ungodly hour you can bet it’s only because I want to capture a special moment. Besides, the older I get the more important the photos are to jog my memory 😀. Now sunsets, that’s quite another story for another day.

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  9. All awe-inspiring shots, but the Torres photo is magnificent! Maybe I think that in part because my view of the towers was totally obscured by mist, but even if I had seen them up close the day I hiked up, I can’t imagine getting a better view or shot than you did with the sun on their faces like that!

  10. A perfect post to come back to after a short absence on WP, I’ve missed your words, or in this case, your photos (and Frank’s great opening quote…the guy has a way with words). Beautiful. I do think if every morning I could experience the third shot (KIAWAH BEACH SUNRISE), I’d be out there enjoying the sounds and colors early every morning. A slice of paradise even if so early in the morning.

  11. Wow, as a non-morning person you have certainly found the strength in you to rise to the morning occasions as you said. So many lovely morning shots, all must be worth the early wake up call. Reading your comment to Sreejith, lovely to hear not too many early mornings were lemons…and hope on these lemon mornings you had a good breakfast to make up for it 🙂 Like you, I am not a morning person. I’ve only woken up twice to take photos of the sunrise…and both occasions were winners 😀

    • Thanks Jude – it’s definitely a major effort for me, I’m a bit of a night owl, but every once in a while (usually with encouragement and the company of another photography friend which was the case on all but one of these) I make the effort and am always glad I did!

  12. I liked all of the photos but I thought LIVE OAKS, ACE BASIN was the best until I viewed DEVEAUX BANK SUNRISE. I thought that was a stunner.

  13. Wow… what a stunning cover image, Tina !!!

    Very interesting series and the first impression of my 7 year old old, who’s beside me when I opened your post was, it won’t happen every day 🙂

    So true, Photography gods did bless you with this stunning display and thank you so much for capturing it perfectly and sharing it 🙂

    Have a beautiful day 🙂

  14. Oh, what gorgeous captures….even at that “ungodly” hour. 🙂 You definitely were rewarded for getting yourself up early. Sadly, I could only find one or two decent sunrises in my collection. 😦 I guess I get out less than you do at that time of day.

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