Sunrises and Sunsets From Around the World

Attractions, landmarks, food, architecture, topography and people are only a few of the reasons why people travel to different places around the world — but sometimes the best part of the day while traveling is either when the sun rises at dawn or when the sun sets at dusk.

Sunrises and Sunsets From Around the World

Sunrises represent the beginning of a brand new day through which adventures and experiences await — but sunsets signal the end of a day with a time to be a night owl and go out on the town before retiring to the evening slumber which recharges your batteries, so to speak…

…but which is better: the sunrise or the sunset? I look back on my collection of some of the sunrises and sunsets which I have captured and recorded with my trusty camera — and, if anything, give you a respite if you are currently suffering from the cold winter weather blues.

Sunrises

Sunrise Daytona Beach

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

At approximately 6:40 in the morning on a cool morning in Daytona Beach in Florida, the sun was approximately 35 minutes from peeking above the horizon — but that did not stop it from displaying vivid colors in harmony with the cumulous clouds which floated effortlessly in the sky.

Sunrise Daytona Beach

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Streaks of orange became more vibrant in contrast to clouds shrouded in purple prior to the sun ascending over Daytona Beach.

Sunrise Daytona Beach

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Most of the lights went out in Daytona Beach as dawn emblazoned the Atlantic Ocean with reddish bronze hues as I looked out from my ocean view room at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort property. A trip report of this resort property is forthcoming.

Sunrise Daytona Beach

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Hoping to score the catch of the day, fisherman already line the famous pier which has greeted every sunrise in Daytona Beach since it was built in 1925.

Sunrise Daytona Beach

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The sun shines over the water after peeking above the horizon separating the Atlantic Ocean from the sky at Daytona Beach.

Sunrise clouds Virginia

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Every dawn is different; and water is not a necessary element for the recipe of a beautiful sunrise. The clouds help to accentuate the beauty of this sunrise north of Harrisonburg in northwest Virginia.

Sunrise clouds Virginia

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

This sunrise was photographed through a window of a Megabus on which I was a passenger while traveling northeast along Interstate 81. Please see this article for additional photographs of this sunrise — as well as read about part of my experience with Megabus from Atlanta to the District of Columbia.

Cloud sunrise Amsterdam sky

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Sunrises can be photographed from the air as well. This picture of a cumulonimbus cloud was taken from aboard an airplane operated by Delta Air Lines prior to an early morning descent into Amsterdam after flying overnight from Atlanta as I was en route to Nairobi for a safari in southern Kenya.

Sunrise clouds sky Amsterdam

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Try as they might, the clouds ultimately failed to mitigate the sunrise over the Netherlands to which my bleary eyes were treated that morning.

Sunrise over Kennesaw

Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

Industrial elements can also add character of sorts to a sunrise — such as this one captured with power lines along a two-lane road in Kennesaw, which is northwest of Atlanta in Georgia.

Sunrise Minsk

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

The usually bustling central train station in Minsk quietly awaited this sunrise, which was taken from the Hampton by Hilton Minsk City Centre hotel property. I still have yet to write an article with a trip report pertaining to my experience — but I did write an article about this particular sunrise while I was at that hotel property in Belarus.

Sunrise Warsaw

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

My room at the Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre hotel property in Poland was where I photographed this sunrise over the city. Yes, I know, I know — yet another article with a trip report which I need to write; but not only did I write an article about this particular sunrise while I was at that hotel property, I also wrote this article pertaining to a partial rainbow to which I was treated.

Hilton Helsinki Strand sunrise

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

I enjoyed watching this sunrise from the comfort of a warm room during a frigid clear morning at the Hilton Helsinki Strand hotel property in Finland. Please read this article for more details on my experience at this hotel property.

Hilton Helsinki Strand sunrise

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Sunsets

Airplane taking off at sunset

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

An airplane is about to land on one of the runways at the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.

Sunset airplane window

Settling in near Lake Lanier. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The moon looms in the distance over the horizon near Lake Lanier, which is located northeast of Atlanta in the state of Georgia.

Sunset clouds

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

An overnight flight across the Pacific Ocean shows a sheet of what appears to be ribbons of clouds in the lower portion of the photograph as the sun rises.

Grand Hyatt Muscat sunset

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Kids play soccer — or football — along the coast of Muscat at the Gulf of Oman.

sunset

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Please read the following articles for more information pertaining to my experiences in Oman — and I do have more articles which I have yet to write:

Sunset clouds sky

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

A thunderstorm followed me from Botswana for at least an hour as I drove into South Africa.

Please read the following articles for more information pertaining to my experiences in Botswana:

Sunset clouds sky

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The sky looked more and more amazing as the dark continent plunged into nighttime.

Please read the following articles for more information pertaining to my experiences in South Africa — and I do have more articles which I have yet to write:

Zebra safari Kenya Africa sunset

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

A lone zebra grazes amidst the sunset in Kenya.

I truly enjoyed watching animals in their native habitat going about their lives — such as when I was unexpectedly treated to witnessing a cheetah surprising its prey, killing it and feasting on it; or when I simply hung around with the awkward but graceful giraffes.

Watching zebras and their sometimes quirky behavior was interesting to me. There was the viewing of the lion with one eye with his lioness companion. I enjoyed hanging out with elephants at a watering hole — as well as seeing a herd of elephants going about their day — and seeing a huge herd of Cape buffalo up close.

Observing playful vervet monkeys; watching an olive baboon nursing her young; and spotting a lone black rhinoceros crossing the road — all at Lake Nakuru National Park — were quite interesting…

…and let us not forget the different varieties of birds which I spotted while on safari in Kenya.

There are more photographs of different animals on deck from that safari to be highlighted in future articles — including but not limited to hippopotami and white rhinoceros — so please stay tuned.

Biloxi Lighthouse sunset

Photograph ©2005 by Brian Cohen.

The lighthouse in Biloxi was mildly damaged after the Mississippi Gulf Coast was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in the summer of 2005.

Biloxi Lighthouse silhouette sunset

Photograph ©2005 by Brian Cohen.

The sun sets behind the lighthouse on Beach Boulevard — which is also known as United States Highway 90 — in Biloxi. The traffic light was one of the few objects which was powered by electricity that evening.

Biloxi sunset

Photograph ©2005 by Brian Cohen.

The dark Mississippi Gulf Coast was punctuated only by the headlights of vehicles on Highway 90 that evening — but although the sun was setting in the orange sky, it had not set on the hopes and dreams of the resilient residents who live there and viewed the sunset as the dawn of a new future. Please read this series of articles pertaining to my visiting the Mississippi Gulf Coast not long after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region:

Airplane landing sunset

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Another airplane is about to land during a clear evening on one of the runways at the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

The city of Copenhagen is the star of this stage during this Danish sunset.

sunset Manila Bay

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

After spending the day in Manila, I stopped to watch this sunset over Manila Bay in the Philippines. For additional information on my visit to Manila, please read the following articles:

Sunset over highway in Romania

Photograph ©2007 by Brian Cohen.

A limited access highway in Romania is where this sunset was taken on my way from the Black Sea back to Bucharest.

Boy sunset thunderstorm

Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

A squall dumps a deluge of water into the Andaman Sea of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Phuket in Thailand.

Sunset clouds blue sky

Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

Once the squall passed away from Phuket, I witnessed one of the more spectacular sunsets which I had ever seen.

Sunset bare trees Kenya

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Not only had I witnessed a sunrise in Kenya; but I also caught this sunset.

Bran Castle

Bran Castle at sunset. Photograph ©2007 by Brian Cohen.

Bran Castle in the Transylvania area of Romania near Brașov is best known for the legend of Count Dracula — or, perhaps, Vlad the Impaler — who should be awake not long after this sunset.

Hilton Nairobi sunset

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

From my suite at the Hilton Nairobi hotel property, I watch the sun set behind the buildings which are located in the center of the city. Please read this article pertaining to my experience of scoring a suite at the Hilton Nairobi hotel property.

Sky stars moon fading sunset

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

The airplane heads eastward as a crescent moon presides over this sunset in the United States.

Palm trees at sunset

Photograph ©2010 by Brian Cohen.

The sun peeks through the palm trees during this sunset in Nassau in the Bahamas.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

Looking west on highway E20 towards Copenhagen, the sun sets as I watch from my room at what used to be known as the the Hilton Copenhagen Airport hotel property.

Sunset in Finland

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

It was not the best of sunsets; it was not the worst of sunsets — but after traveling in an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean and finally getting to check into my room at the Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa hotel property, seeing the view shown above of a sunset in western Helsinki was the perfect way to relax and enjoy part of my first evening in that country not long before taking a hot shower and going to sleep in a comfortable bed for the night. The clouds obscured the sun — much as they typically would during the dead of winter — but the inlet which leads out to the Gulf of Finland was so calm that to me, the scenery outside of the window was serene. Please read this article pertaining to more information about my stay at this hotel property.

Deception Pass sunset

Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

Deception Pass — which connects the northern end of Whidbey Island with the southern end of Fidalgo Island — is the scene for this sunset over the waterway of the same name in the Puget Sound area of Washington state.

Liechtenstein

Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

Across the Rhine River is Switzerland, as this photograph was taken from Liechtenstein when I spent the day there. Please read this article pertaining to additional details of my visit to Liechtenstein for the day.

Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

Summary

Lighting plays a very important role in photography; and a sunrise or a sunset can add a dramatic enough effect to significantly improve a picture. That is often a secret yet simple trick to great photography.

So which is your favorite: a sunrise or a sunset? Please post your choice and reasons in the Comments section below.

All photographs ©2005, ©2007, ©2008, ©2009, ©2010, ©2013, ©2014, ©2015, ©2016, ©2017 and ©2018 by Brian Cohen.


 

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2 thoughts on “Sunrises and Sunsets From Around the World”

  1. Amy E. says:

    Simply remarkable photography, Brian. I am becoming quite the fan of your work. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Amy E. says:

    Oh, and I prefer the sunrise. 🙂

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