Sunrise in the Mountains

If you have followed my adventures for any amount of time, you know that I love sunrise. To me, there is no better way to start the day than in the peacefulness of the early morn, as the birds awaken and begin to sing, hearing  the breeze rather than the rush of traffic, feeling the lingering coolness of the night as the day slowly brightens.

Sunrise over Taxco de Alarcon, MexicoThe variety of that early morning palette never ceases to amaze me. Vivid or pastel, cloud filled or mostly clear, the changes that occur between darkness and sun up are always a wonder to ponder.

Sunrise, Taxco de Alarcon, MexcioSunrise, Taxco de Alarcon, Mexcio Sunrise over Taxco de Alarcon, MexicoSunrise over Taxco de Alarcon, MexicoSunrise, Taxco de Alarcon, MexcioSunrise, Taxco, MexicoLiving at the top of a four story house on a hill overlooking the city gives me a great vantage point for watching the sun come up. Being in the mountains though is a different experience than being at the seashore.

At the shore, the sun rises over the horizon culminating in that glorious golden globe painting the sky and turning the sea to a golden rivulet surrounded by diamonds.

Sunrise, Cocoa Beach, FloridaIt comes up right on time, when the almanac says it should.That is not true of sunrise in the mountains.

In the mountains sunrise is slower. By the time the sun actually breaks the horizon, the actual sunrise is long past — maximum beauty occurs a good 10-15 minutes before that golden orb lifts above the mountain tops. When it finally crests, all that usually happens is a mighty brilliance that just makes an already bright and beautiful day complete.

Occasionally though the clouds and the light work out just right, like this day:

Which do you prefer? The slow awakening of a mountain sunrise or the instant gratification of the seashore?

How do you greet the sunrise where you are?

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2 thoughts on “Sunrise in the Mountains

  1. I believe I like the slow mountain awakening since I am a person who likes to greet the morning slowly. One eye.. Then the other.. Then stretch and snuggle in bed some more.. Actually, I miss most sunrises because I am a mute sloth in the morning! On Jan 17, 2015 10:58 PM, “The Adventures of Blue Bear” wrote:

    > The Adventures of Blue Bear posted: “If you have followed my > adventures for any amount of time, you know that I love sunrise. To me, > there is no better way to start the day than in the peacefulness of the > early morn, as the birds awaken and begin to sing, hearing the breeze > rather than the “

    • What a picture! Not a bad way to greet the day. Especially for a night owl like you.(I am a bit of both – that is why Mexican siesta are such a great indulgence. Actually, I have the best of both worlds here; I can see and enjoy the sunrise while snuggled in bed. Of course I have to get up if I want to take a picture.

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