For years people have asked me why I always get up so early and never take to opportunity to sleep in. The answer is very simple, I hate to miss a sunrise. For me it’s like a greeting card from God that says “Good Morning David! Wait till I show you another beautiful version of my creation!” I have been known to get up at 2:00am so I could drive and hike to my destination in Yosemite to photograph the sun as it pops into view just behind Half Dome. The rays of light strike across the mountain and rock formations in all directions as the new morning light seems to wake the the forest animals. The birds all want to make their voices heard, and morning has broken into a new day of activity. Living in the city of Fresno was actually quite similar with its sunrise, especially on days when the air quality was good. The Sierra Nevada mountains seemed to move in 50 miles closer. Add a little small band of clouds and the sunrise would fill the sky with such awesome shades of reds, and orange that could stretch for miles and miles. I hate to miss beauty of any kind, as it inspires me, and fills me with joy, so catching the sunrise every chance I could, actually kick started my day of being filled with joy.
Disclaimer to Photo — This photo was taken with my Blackberry Phone and not my Nikon
Things have changed over the past couple of years where I can’t always catch the sunrise as I once did. Moving to a new location brought changes to my work schedule where I am forced to sleep through some of my sunrise greetings. It has been said that God opens a window when He has to shut a door, and for me a window of sunsets has been opened. Living on the coast brings awesome sunsets. Just like sunrises, you have to stop what you are doing and look for that sunset. They are like God has taken the sky as His canvas and painted a brand new picture for us. Sunrise and sunsets for me, will always be like roses that you have to stop and smell.
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