Both the sunrise and the sunset can be very beautiful. Many days I am not aware of either because I am asleep or busy inside the house. When I do take notice I think I should do so more frequently. Many photographers are inspired by sunrise and sunset and take awesome photos at these times.
Years ago when I was in the habit of going camping I liked to get up early to enjoy the sunrise. (My back and hips would be aching due to the lack of an inner spring mattress so lying in wasnít appealing anyway.)
The air has a special feel to it early in the morning. Out in the bush one is more aware of the birds waking up and starting to chirp, squawk or caw. Some fly overhead in noisy flocks. In warm weather flies also start buzzing around, unfortunately.
About fifty years ago my family went to Kangaroo Island for a holiday. It was our first family holiday and very exciting. I recall walking along the beach in the early morning watching the sun as it rose over the water. It looked like there was a golden staircase leading over the water up to the sun. I attempted to draw a picture of this awe inspiring sight. This happened a long time ago but I have never forgotten how I felt.
Beach sunset. Authorís own photo
Sometimes the sight of the sun setting is awesome. I remember travelling on a boat from Port Melbourne to Davenport over forty years ago. It had been a stinking hot day and the sheds at Port Melbourne radiated heat. As the boat pulled away from the port the sun was setting and it was getting cooler. The cool breeze coming off the sea was such a relief.
The sunset was also amazing. The sun was an apricot sort of colour and seemed really big.
More recently a friend and I went to Broome for a holiday. We rode camels along Cable Beach at sunset and this was an unforgettable experience. The setting sun at Broome provided great photographic opportunities several nights.
Riding camels along Cable Beach. Authorís own photo
Sunrise and sunset can be special times of great beauty. It is good to stop and reflect on life as one watches the sky and enjoys the spectacle. By the way both are free.