Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:
And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught
The Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of Light.Omar Khayyám, The Ruba’iyat of Omar Khayyam (translated by Edward Fitzgerald, 1859)
Somehow, getting up early to watch a sunrise is so much easier when travelling. Of course it helps that the setting is usually both more beautiful and more interesting than the rooftops of our London suburbs above which we would normally see it rise.
I’ve taken the theme of Amy’s Lens Artists Challenge this week, ‘Here comes the sun’, quite literally! I’ve compiled a selection of photos taken at or near sunrise in various parts of the world. So yes, here indeed comes the sun.
No two sunrises are alike. Some are more subtle, others are vibrant. Some I may have shared before, possibly in a slightly different edit. But all (I hope) demonstrate the rewards of getting up that bit earlier!
How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountainsJohn Muir
This was the early morning view from our hotel deck in Nong Khiaw, Laos. I’d had a rough night (holiday tummy) but this sight was enough to lift my spirits.
This was a bit of serendipity. When staying in a guesthouse on a ridge above Bevagna in Italy, I got up very early to use the bathroom. A glance out of the window had me rushing for my camera and heading outside to capture this view
And here’s another hotel sunrise, this time from Souimanga Lodge in Senegal. This, incidentally, is where I took the photo of a baby mangrove that many people seemed to like in my recent ‘All or nothing‘ post!
Not exactly from a hotel, I took this early morning shot from a houseboat where we’d spent the night on the Kerala Backwaters.
We climbed a sand dune next to our camp to witness the sunrise in the Thar Desert, India.
Staying in a yurt in the desert in Uzbekistan I woke up very early. Leaving my husband sleeping I crept outside to watch the sun rise.
And visiting Palmyra in Syria many years ago I joined a small number of our fellow travellers on a sunrise visit to the ruins.
This is a rather muted sunrise over the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, as seen from a hot air balloon.
On our way to a birdwatching walk near Volcan Arenal in Costa Rica we asked our driver to stop so we could photograph this striking sunrise.
This is yet another hotel sunrise view, this time over Jebel Shams in Oman.
When I went to Abu Dhabi for business my hotel had a small beach. I went out before breakfast one day to photograph the sun rise over the lagoon.
We went on a boat trip from our lodge to watch the sun rise over the Chobe River in Botswana (my feature photos was taken just moments before this one).
Another Botswana sunrise, which I know I’ve definitely shared before but can’t resist including. This one is over the Okavango Delta, from Xugana Island where we stayed.
And finally, a non-sunrise! This was taken mid morning in Tromsø, Norway, in early February. Tromsø sits above the Arctic Circle and at that time of year the sun never rises above the surrounding mountains. But you can tell it is there by the pink tint on the clouds, and a few days later the sun rose for the first time that year and the whole town celebrated!