A Beach Sunrise

Last Christmas we began our day a little differently to the usual. Instead of waking up, grabbing a cup of tea and gathering around the Christmas tree to open presents, we woke up early to watch the sun rise on the beach.

The morning was cloudy (it would actually rain quite a bit later that day) so the glory of the sunrise was hidden. However, the light shining from behind the clouds created a moody atmosphere.

Even though the sun was hidden, we did see the glorious colour of light erupting from behind the clouds.

When I looked in the other direction to where the sun was rising, I noticed the pink light colouring the clouds a little as well as the few visitors who had joined my family to watch the beginning of a new day.

Looking back towards the sun, the sea and the clouds seemed even more atmospheric as the sunlight hid behind the clouds.

As the sun began to rise in the sky, I realised that even though the view wasn’t what I had hoped for I was glad I had come out to the beach with my family to experience and celebrate an event that I don’t often see.

Seeing the sun rise on Christmas Day was the perfect way to think about what the day truly means. I enjoyed the change from our usual routine – a routine which we will return to on the next Christmas Day.

Where last did you watch the sun rise?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge.)

A New Day

As I passed by my windows this morning, I saw a beautiful sunrise. The sky had pinkish tones which spread across the pale blue. I quickly snapped a picture – though the photo does not do justice to the beauty I saw with my eyes.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
The rising sun. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

The view that brought me outside to my balcony had lost a little of its colour while I grabbed my iPad and pulled on a sweater:

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
Sunrise. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

As the new day dawned, I thought of the people all over the world who see a similar view. One could hope that they all view the new day with optimism.

wordpress photo challenge -2014Did you see the sun rise this morning?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to the weekly WordPress photo challenge. The prompt this week is optimistic)

Morning Skies

The sun is rising a little later and yesterday when I sat down to eat breakfast, I noticed pink streaks in the sky.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
Early morning skies. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Of course I had to go out and take a picture so that I could share the sight. When I stepped out onto the balcony and looked to the left, I saw even more beautiful colours:

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Sunrise. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

It is not often that I notice the sunrise as its beauty is blocked by the highrises that surround me. I am pleased that I managed to see one yesterday morning.

Have you noticed the sunrise recently?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

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)