Just like many others I love a good sunset to end a day. There is, however, nothing that beats the purity and sanctity of a sunrise. Both can be spectacular and I have experienced a few that were truly special. Here are my favourites:
Sunrise from the top of Sydney Harbor Bridge, Australia
The sun rose from the water and illuminated the fine web of clouds spun across the harbor, the Opera House, and our excited faces. As you’re not allowed to bring cameras with you on the climb, you’ll have to take my word for it and use your imagination. Or, even better, see for yourself.
Sunrise on Poon Hill, Nepal
You wake up way too early and tramp up the hill in pitch black darkness. All you see are the lights of other people’s torches. Given you’re well above 3,000m, walking soon become arduous. When the rising sun bathed first the Eastern wall of Dhaulagiri and subsequently the Annapurnas and Macchapuchre (“Fishtail Mountain”) in bright orange light, all exhaustion falls off, you forget the crowds around you and feel so very much alive.
Sunset at Mount Manganui, New Zealand
As if the sky was on fire (these are also scanned copies of analogue pictures).
Solitary sunsets on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
You know the horizon continues forever.
Many a sunset and a few (winter) sunrises from my office window
Lately, they’ve been especially spectacular.