Sunrise viewed from a Car

It is not often I see the sun rise. I am up before dawn – but that time is spent getting ready for the day. Locked inside the apartment with four walls surrounding me and curtains hiding the outside from my eyes, I do not see the world awake in colour.

An exception, of course, is when an effort is made to watch the sun rise slowly into the sky. And when you are travelling in your car and the dawn breaks. On one such occasion I was armed with my camera and I took many shots as the sun coloured the sky in deep orange. We had woken early and had left Johannesburg before the break of dawn. The children were in the back seat of the car, sleeping, and my husband was driving.

Sunrise over Suburbs. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

At first the sunrise was not spectacular. It came over the rooftops, bringing light to the dark world.

Sunrise from a Highway. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

As we drove on, I began to see the sun colour the clouds around it with yellow and orange.

Sunrise over the treetops. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

The colour then changed to a magnificent orange. The sun’s reflection of light reminded me of when light reflects in water.

Sunrise over a town. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

The colours were breathtaking. I tried to capture its beauty as the car sped along the highway. As it is a beauty I rarely see, I was even more enamoured of it.

The sun moving to its height. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

As the sun moved higher into the sky, I noticed the brilliant colours fading. It was going towards doing its job, warming the earth and bringing the light of day. And as the sun rose higher up in the sky and we sped towards our destination, we were ready to turn on the a/c to cool ourselves off for the long journey.

Where have you been when you saw the sun rise?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

(Join Jake every week for a theme for creative inspiration. This week’s prompt is Sunrise)

37 thoughts on “Sunrise viewed from a Car

  1. I remember seeing the sun rise over the ocean this March when we were at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It was absolutely gorgeous! The sun and the water seemed to melt together, and for awhile, time stood still. Sigh.
    Did you take the photos while the car was moving, or stop? Either way, they are beautiful!


    1. I took them while my husband was driving. We had left home early for 2 reasons: to avoid the heat of the sun, and to miss the traffic on the highways. I was thankful I was not driving as I could enjoy the beauty of the sunset.


  2. During the shorter days of Spring, Autumn and Winter, I get to see the sunrise most mornings as I walk Abbie. It serves as a wonderful reward for getting up and out there early, especially on those chilly days when I would really rather not!
    Wonderful photos. Love the way you caught the changing colours.


  3. Beautiful follow up photos of the sun rising. I also enjoy my early morning walks with Trompie. This morning again the world around me was clean and bright after the weekends rain and cold. I took camera with me and I took photos of “today”. I even found some new flowers in the church garden.


  4. Love these pics Coline! Makes me want to drive on vacay with the kids snoozing in the back and a Timmies coffee in my hand watching the sunrise anywhere! I can’t think of any place that I watched the sunrise except from a car. But, I wish I had sat on the steps of the church in Montmatre and watched the sun rise over Paris…now that would also be fantastic!


  5. That is a beautiful Sunrise, it is such a shame that the only really amazing ones are always followed by bad weather. Well that is what I find. I love the clouds as well. You did a great job getting it from the car, you would never be able to tell.


  6. Beautiful pics there……the colours are brilliant 🙂
    We are so busy with our routine lives that we neglect the beauty of nature in more than one ways…..I am glad you enjoyed the sunrise


  7. Your pics are so beautiful Colline…I realised the other day, I have so many pics of sunsets and not nearly enough of sunrises! I better start waking up earlier! I was interviewed on TV in Dec 2011 and had to wake up at the crack of dawn. That was the last time I experienced a sunrise and it was so beautiful!


    1. I think we need to start walking around with our cameras so that we can capture those unusual moments – such as being outside when the sun rises 🙂


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