Boring sunrises aren’t so boring for some
I have had many that meet me in person and comment about my “sun” pictures, and that they look forward to seeing them. I think the real thing to recognize here is that, people don’t get up in time to see sunrises anymore, or they’re too busy to set aside time for a sunset. They may be missing awesome times in life, well… because of life.
Years ago I had a deckhand from New Jersey, he was maybe nineteen years old. Part of hs job was to sweep and mop the floors from the wheelhouse down to the galley. On his second morning on the boat, far away from home, in a completely new environment, he climbed the stairs with broom and dust pan in hand. I was piloting our six hundred foot vessel eastbound in the Intracoastal waterway, in Louisiana. This canal is basically just a ditch some 250 feet wide that stretches from Brownsville, Texas all the way to Florida.
The day was just beginning and the skies were crystal clear. We said our greetings and made small talk about where we were along our route. Cypress trees lined the canal and were laden with flowing streamers of olive colored spanish moss. He had begun to sweep the linoleum floor but suddenly stopped. He was looking to the east out the large windows ahead of us. He just stared, he didn’t move. Finally, I couldn’t resist-
“What is it?”
“The sun…I mean the sunrise.” He said.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
The sun was rising over the trees with spectacular yellow and orange rays of light that pierced the branches and highlighted the hanging moss. It was a beautiful morning.
“Ive never seen anything like this before. I mean, I’ve seen sunrises, but they’ve always been over buildings. I live in the city.”
It never dawned on me that someone might not have ever seen a sunrise like this before. Where he lived, he was surrounded by tall buildings that blocked the horizon and the early morning splendor. It was new to him but commonplace to me (as most from the country). Maybe because we aren’t hemmed up between concrete and steel as some are.
This was a revelation to me. I was taking for granted the sunrises I see almost everyday. These sunrises are as much a part of me, and where I work and live, as anything. But for some, light seems to just appear from behind something that is tall, hard, boxy and unforgiving. Many are too busy sleeping-in, or if they are awake, they are preparing for their day with showers, breakfast, news, or on their phone seeing the latest posts from the night before. Heads down, many don’t take time to see what’s happing around them
The sunrise, of course, doesn’t care if we watch it or not. It will keep on being beautiful, even if no one bothers to look at it.” – Gene Amole
From then on, I watch as many sunrises a I can and photograph them, even if it is only a snapshot. It’s something that I’ll never take for granted again, and I’ll bet he doesn’t either. We can be filled with thoughts of hope as we see the sun floating upward.
I enjoy bringing people a sunrise that they might have missed because of life, and maybe for a brief moment, they pause and find some peace and before the mad dash to start their day.
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