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.
At first the sunrise was not spectacular. It came over the rooftops, bringing light to the dark world.
As we drove on, I began to see the sun colour the clouds around it with yellow and orange.
The colour then changed to a magnificent orange. The sun’s reflection of light reminded me of when light reflects in water.
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.
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
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