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.
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.
Streaks of orange became more vibrant in contrast to clouds shrouded in purple prior to the sun ascending over Daytona Beach.
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.
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.
The sun shines over the water after peeking above the horizon separating the Atlantic Ocean from the sky at Daytona Beach.
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.
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.
The lighthouse in Biloxi was mildly damaged after the Mississippi Gulf Coast was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in the summer of 2005.
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.
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:
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 — 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.
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.
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