Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sunrises vs. Sunsets


“A sunrise is like a sunset, only backwards” ~Anonymous
Sunrises and sunsets. Both are so beautiful but in such completely different ways. It’s amazing how two things that look so similar can elicit two completely different emotional reactions within us.

For me, sunsets are one of the most calming things on earth. A sunset is the culmination of the day as it slowly and beautifully evaporates into nightfall. It is like seeing the farthest edges of the earth burning with the very last light of the day. Watching a sunset is a truly serene feeling indeed.

Sunrises bring with them a different kind of beauty. They signify the promise of a new day…a new beginning. Seeing the dark horizon slowly ignite with that magnificent and bright pre-sun orange is such a beautiful scene. Once the sun slowly arises from its slumber, it makes it presence known on the horizon by setting the entire world aglow.

What about you? Do you prefer sunsets or sunrises?

119 comments:

  1. Sunsets over sunrises any time, and thats simply because i'm *not* an early riser, but of the few sunrises that i've seen, they are magnificent. perhaps someday i'll train myself into an early riser so i'll get to enjoy both sunrises and sunsets! =)

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  2. I like the idea of the sun slipping beyond my horizon to light up yet another section of the earth. One man's sunset is another man's sunrise you know lol.

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  3. What I prefer is.... Your description of them both!!!

    Lovely...

    Thank you...

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  4. Well stated, that's pretty much how I feel. Love them both, but am more likely to see the sunset (not an early riser).

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  5. hard choice....i love being up early for the sunrise because it is so quiet and to watch the sun come across the mountain is like a silent trumpets call...beckoning that new day....but the sunset is a sigh for me...and usually means i am home or almost there...

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  6. I prefer the sunset, as I am more of a moon person :-)

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  7. I don't know if the photo is yours or not but hay rolls in a field are supremely photogenic. We have some around here and I'm hoping to get a good winter photo of them! I think I like sunsets better, although being able to experience both means that I'm here. =)

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  8. This is a beautiful photo! I enjoy your take on the sunrises versus sunsets. I could never pick a favorite though.

    Your newest follower.

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  9. I love both:) but is something special when you wake up in the morning really early and the sune begin to see, but really both are beautiful and in the sunset is true is like the earth stop and all is calm and quiet love too:)

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  10. I was going to say that I prefer sunsets, but you're right in that each of them is special in their own way, and that a sunrise is a promise of a new day. I still prefer sunsets, but I'm thinking about sunrises now.

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  11. I'm a morning person so I do love sunrises. The start of a new day gives me a high...

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  12. I'm often up hours before sunrise and when the sun does rise I'm usually at 35,000 feet which can be breathtakingly beautiful. However, if I'm at home in Colorado I prefer sunsets. Simply gorgeous.

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  13. It is very difficult to choose between a sunrise and a sunset. Both have their own sigificance and intricate beauty. Both are a reflection of each other and yet also an antithesis. I love both, but I'm partial to sunsets.

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  14. It's tough, but I like sunrises a lot. Especially after a blizzard.

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  15. Superb capture! I'm a sunset person primarily because in the northwest it's frequently too overcast to see a good sunrise although I have seen some extraordinary ones over the years. Thanks for stopping by Sam Schnauzers post -- he does love attention. Glad I found your blog! Have a great week!

    Sylvia and Sam

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  16. Thanks for visiting! I must say that I enjoy a nice sunset....it calms the mind after a busy day.
    Happy New Year,
    Nathalie

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  17. sweet mary, that's pretty! i LOVE the sight of hay bales in the field. put in a sun glow, and you've got perfection. like all is right with the world. :)

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  18. I love sunsets too. I am not a morning person, so I truly enjoy sunsets.

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  19. Both are magically beautiful! I think currently I am loving sunsets more because since I live in Denver, the mountains are to the West. There's nothing like watching the sun set over the Rockies!

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  20. I am a sucker for a good sunset. Sometimes, I catch an intriguing sunrise as well. Both hold their own special beauty.

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  21. Got to be a sunset, but maybe that's because I've seen more of them? Love the question though. You've got to love both really.

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  22. Sunsets - perhaps because I can never really wake up fully to appreciate a sunrise :-)

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  23. Sunrises. I like the promise of a fresh start.

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  24. At this point in my life, I am very grateful for every sunrise I experience!

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  25. Very poetic words and descriptions of how these two moments effect us. I do love both and for the very reasons you describe.

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  26. A sunrise means I was out doing very bad things lol

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  27. Just happy that I get to see either one.
    xx
    Lulu
    Breakfast After 10

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  28. I am always trying to get my art students to paint a sky that has more color than just blue.

    I think I like sun sets more.

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  29. I love sunrise - especially where I live. The moon often dips as the sun rises and both are almost identical in size and colour :)

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  30. I love both....

    I spent two years in Malawi though and from where I lived there, had a wonderful view every evening of the sun sett8ing into the lake..... beautiful

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  31. Beautiful post!

    I love them both.

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  32. A most difficult decision to make. Sunsets are known for their elaborate and showy display of color, painting the evening sky in majestic shades of gold, red, pink and purple. . . she's like the Las Vegas show girl, dazzling us with her beauty.
    Whereas Sunrise is quieter, softer, she creeps every so gently over the Earth's horizon, caressing the ever lightening sky with a blush of color. . . ever so gentle is she, like a mother kissing her sleeping baby. . .and with her the day is born, birds begin their morning songs and world rises from its slumber.
    How could I possibly choose as both are so different, each unique and yet each equally important in their own way?

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  33. I love sunrises but have a hard time getting up early enough to watch them. So sunsets are it.

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  34. Grew up on the Pacific Northwest coast watching the sunset over the water, so peaceful, magic. Even with the overcast skies you get some wonderful spikes of light as the sun sets. My favorite.

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  35. One of the most beautiful things I ever saw while I was aboard ship (besides the pier after being away for six months) was a sunset at sea. Positively breathtaking.

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  36. Lovely post.
    I rarely get to see a sunrise - perhaps only once a year. Their rarity makes them all the more special for me.

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  37. I enjoy both, but there is somthing relaxing about a sunset and knowing the day is over.

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  38. I prefer sunsets. My favorite time of day is twilight. Right when the night begins to stir and waken but the sun is still shuffling out the door. :)

    C

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  39. I was told 4 yrs ago that I would die in a month or less. I had a liver transplant (and no, I didn't drink, lol. It's the first thing people think). So my fave is definitely sunrises. I love the possibility of a new day, and knowing it's like a miracle for me.
    Sunsets sre gorgeous, and I love photographing them, but I am definitely a sunrise sort of girl!

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  40. I think I prefers sunsets - a day that is complete - and we can rest. Sandie

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  41. They are both beautiful but I like sunrise best with a whole new day ahead of me. : )

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  42. Very poetical post, Keith. I love both, but, as you say, a sunrise promises a new beginning. I am a morning person.

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  43. You are so right on both accounts. So hard to decide...I think maybe it depends on the day for me.

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  44. I prefer Sunsets! Always have. That's my favorite time of day!

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  45. I love both for the reasons you listed. I also love a good writer and that you are my new friend!!

    I have you marked as one blog out of five to run as Blog As Of The Week over the five weeks.

    Please let me know if you have a link badge or if you would like for me to use your profile picture.

    I hope you have a week filled with glorious sunrises and sunsets!

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  46. Oh my goodness, excuse my grammar and mis-spells. I am always typing way too fast!

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  47. Keith,

    I am impatient to see the return of both warm sunrises and the contentment felt with a long, lingering sunset...Winter has been too grey and rain swept here...
    I recall amazing sunrises in Dallas, gleaming from one tall building to the other. Quite a distinct near desert sun..

    Warmest Sunday wishes,
    Eileen:)

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  48. Lovely post! Thank you for sharing such a simple thing that happens every day that so often I do not think about. Maybe it's time to wake early and embrace a sunrise.

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  49. You describe both so beautifully. I don't see either very often, but I would say I prefer sunsets. It's the end of another day, and there's a comfort in that.

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  50. Oh I like the atmosphere at this blog. Consider me joined.

    "The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire. "

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  51. I love sunsets! They always have so much color in them, and it also means I'm gonna go to bed soon. Sleep, ahhhhh!

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  52. I love sunrises and sunsets just the same!!!! Love the post!

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  53. sunsets all the way. extremely beautiful, though provoking and romantic. x

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  54. Which do I prefer? That's like asking which of my children.. or grandchildren... I prefer. Or which eye I'd rather have. I'm an early riser, and often enjoy watching a new day awaken, so I love sunrise, but the dramatic colors are usually more beautiful at sunset, so I love that, too. Kinda like the joke I used to love when I was a first-grader: Which would you rather have chase you, an elephant or a gorilla? The answer? I'd rather have the elephant chase the gorilla.

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  55. I like sunsets. The colors of the sky can sometimes show up violet, blues and purples as well as really cool lighting in the clouds on over cast days.

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  56. Great shot. I find it hard to choose but if I must the sunrise starting the day with such beauty and knowing it can only get better from then on always makes me happy. B

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  57. Sunsets..no doubt...Coz i have never experianced the beauty of sunrise...:P
    But both seem equally btfl in ur writing...loved it :)

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  58. I don't get too see much of either but metaphorically I think I would go with sunrise. There's something a clean slate to the day I'd like to connect witn

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  59. Nice quote. I remember when I worked the early morning shift I took tons of sunrise pics with my phone, and unfortunately lost them all when myphone crapped out... but the memories are still there

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  60. I absolutely love sunsets. so peaceful and magnificent. I'm sure sunrises are amazing too, but I'm never awake that early too see it ;)

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  61. I think it is interesting that we would choose which one is better or prefer more. That we take the time out from out busy life to see them should be enough, is it not?

    xoxo
    Sarang
    Life's Perspections

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  62. Love them both!
    Love your thoughts!

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  63. I just gave a look at your blog and it's just WOW! I'll definitely find time to read all your posts.
    Anyway...sunset! Magical and romatic!

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  64. Being on the east coast of the US, I'm a sucker for a good sunrise. It's such a calming time and I also live close enough to the coast that I can drive down to the beach and watch the dolphins jump as the sun rises. Beautiful!

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  65. Sunsets all the way. I got here via a comment you left at my place and I'm very impressed. Your writing is beautiful and it feels very welcoming here.

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  66. I actually like the moment right before the sun rises and the moment after the sun sets.... is it called dawn and dusk....? The moment is so fleeting I think and it makes me cherish it so much.

    -liv
    http://chocolivlovelaugh.blogspot.kr

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  67. good question, I'm a night person by nature and profession so I tend to see the sunrise every day and it marks the time for me to get some sleep, so my sunrise is treated how most would treat a sunset, that having been said I'd say sunsets tend to look better and are more romantic while sunrise has that "morning glory" feel to them that just can really make a whole day great.

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  68. I like the moon. Show me the moon any time.

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  69. Your writing is beautiful! I don't think I could ever be a vampire because I love watching the sunrises too much. At work some times I try to catch the colors of the sunset too. =)

    Ergo - Blog

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  70. That's a tough choice. Hmmm...I was happy to see any sun shining at all today. Sometimes winter is a little dreary around here. The sun cheers me up. But sunset can be lovely too. Time to get the fireplace blazing and curl up with a book...

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  71. Beautiful descriptions of both sunsets and sunrises. I grew up on the west coast and use to live near the ocean. Watching the sunset over the ocean is one of the most beautiful sights!

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  72. I have to say I love sunsets. There is something about them that makes me feel calm and peaceful. Sunsets on holiday in the Lake District have always been my favourites.

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  73. Well put, my friend. At sunrise I have my burst of energy and slowly slide down hill all day so by sunset I'm too pooped to pop.

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  74. I like them both, for kinda the same reasons as yours. However, i do think it's kinda crazy because they are very similar in ways. One sets the beginning of the day and the other ends the day. Its kinda nice that God gave us beauty to awaken to and beauty to end with. So no matter how bad the in between time is, at least we'll have something beautiful at the beginning and ending to keep us going.

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  75. Sunsets are special to me. There's something about the sky in evening when the dust of my life begins to settle.
    It makes a smother transition to nightfall. I always seem to sleep better when I've experienced a beautiful sunset.

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  76. I love both! I always watch the sun rise over the tree line after letting my chickens out for the day and it starts my day out right. Last night I drove home with the sunset on the horizon and was struck by the beautiful orange colors and it made me feel so grateful and peaceful.

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  77. The romantic in me prefers sunsets. I am not a morning person, so I guess I can't say I've seen too many sunrises though.

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  78. the potential of sunrises scares me a bit and the finality of sunsets saddens me but i love them both fiercely.

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  79. I cant really choose one over the other.I love them both, for they both represent hope to me.With every sunset dreams are born and with every sunrise a path to turn them into reality is formed...

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  80. I love your descriptions of sunset, very beautiful. I love sunrise and I love sunset because I feel they both hold promise. Sunrise for the potential of a new day and sunset for the transition into calm. Thank you for your post and the many comments it inspired.

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  81. I like them both equally. The clouds make all the difference in the world either way.

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  82. I knew when I saw the title of your post I knew you were going to ask which we liked better. This is hard. I like that I'm usually hyper and positive when I see a sunrise but I like the peaceful beauty of sunset.. so that's hard!

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  83. I would love to love sunrises but I am never awake to see them !!!! Definitely for me sunsets - I love running and seeing the sun dipping down behind the earth.
    Have a great day !
    Me

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  84. For me, the beauty of a sunrise is a solitary pleasure and the beauty of a sunset is best shared. As an introvert, I prefer the former.

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  85. both, but i have had more memories of texas sunsets than anything...so that one is in the lead a bit :D

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  86. Love the way you have concocted the words :) I am more of a sunset person :)
    Happy New Year :)

    love
    http://www.meghasarin.com

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  87. That is a perfect description and a very good/ tough question! I'm probably partial to the sunrise because it signifies the beginning... But there is nothing quite like a lazy, colorful sunset. :)

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  88. i love sunsets - but my favorite thing is to wake up before the sun, get in a workout, then watch the sunrise. i feel so productive when i do it!

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  89. I love the time after the sunset, the more dark the more serene, soothing and contemplating.

    The photograph captures the ocher sun and sky beautifully!

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  90. I love the sunrise and the anticipation of a new day with new mercies in it.

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  91. I love them both. One is a reminder of the coming "between time" where it is neither fully night nor fully day. The other a reminder of that beautiful time that has just passed. Both are opportunities to embrace the sacred in between moment of tranquility and balance. A state we must seek always (balance) should we wish to fully engage in a more satisfying life experience. :) Great post. <3

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  92. I prefer sunrises completely, for a lot of reasons: religiously, I have a very solar focus, I like being a morning person as much as I can naturally. I also just think the color of the light and the atmosphere of the sunrise is just so perfect. Sunsets, while still beautiful, always seem common. They are easier to witness. Sunrises are just more special to me..

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  93. Do I really have to choose? I don't think that I could choose because each holds such different meaning to me.

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  94. I don't get up early enough for it but I would say a sunrise, definitely. Also love a gorgeous full moon :))

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  95. What beautiful thoughts. I think about the differences a lot. I feel a difference in the quality of light and I prefer the softer light of evening. Sunsets to me are peaceful while sunrise is invigorating. Thank you for your comment on my blog. I am now following you.

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  96. Thank you for your comment on my blog! It lead me to discover yours, I will be following you from now on! I personally prefer sunsets, I find them more romantic <3

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  97. I do believe I prefer the sunrise as I am an early riser. I am pondering the beauty of both of them after reading your lines.

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  98. Gosh I don't think I can pick! These are each favorite times of the day for me...the excitement of a new day...the calm of a day ending...
    I hope you have a fabulous 2013 my friend....

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  99. Sunrise. It's often the culmination of a fun night ;-)

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  100. Firstly - thank you ever so much for your gracious comment on my humble blog. I'm a sunrise person myself. The feeling of quiet & darkness being pierced with all that a day brings is very exciting. I'm also more of a morning person so I guess that adds to the appeal.
    Have a great day! :-)

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  101. Sunrises...

    Most definitely sunrises.

    Sweet and simple.

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  102. Sunsets are more calming, I'll agree with you on that one. However, there's just something special about waiting up to see a sunrise. Perhaps it's because most people are still asleep, but I feel that the way the sun starts to kiss the morning horizon is absolutely perfect. Especially if you're in the mountains, where you can see it when it first hits the horizon. Great post, Keith! :D I really enjoyed the visualization in this one! ~Pammy

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  103. I adore sunset, especially over the ocean. For me, there is something truly magical about fire and water combining at the end of a day (perhaps because I was born under Aries with Cancer rising!!).
    But, of course, living in Britain I hardly ever get to see one. Usually it is no more than a very slight glimmer of grey!
    How I love your picture. Think I'll begin to look more closely at inland sunsets/sunrises now :)

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  104. I think that the difference between them is what makes them so beautiful, that's why I like them both equally as much.

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  105. Lovely depicted the essence of sunrise and set! Sunrise is something precious I rarely sight, unlike sunset which is always magnificent.

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  106. love this question...I think because I =never considered it before!!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    sunset, no sun rise. both.

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  107. that's a tough one. i love them both...
    but usually the sunset has more deep color to it...and i love to watch it disappear past the horizon.

    BUT since i love to rise before dawn...and watch the night turn to day...sunrises are magical too!! =)

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  108. I like sunsets because I like to sleep until the sun comes up.

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  109. Keith, this was poetic prose. I'd like to see you write a poem one day. Sunrises are energetic for me, definitely a symbol of a new beginning. Sunsets are more magical and romantic to me. I have taken photographs and written poems about both ... and the moon, too, all on my blog :)

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  110. This is a beautiful post, Keith! I have always had a love for sunsets, especially when the sun sets over a body of water and you can see reflection of the colors. I have always been a night owl so before 2012 I didn't see a sunrise often, but now that I'm up earlier than the sun I've found a beauty to the morning that I never saw before. There's something peaceful about being around when the sun is comes up.

    I'd still have to go with a sunset over water, though.

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  111. I love both... Both are so beautiful and perfect... La vie est belle!

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  112. Oh,wow. My bloger name is Sunrise (so I obviously have a partiality to sunrises :P), but what's even more amazing is your description of sunrises - that's what my blogger description has been for the past 6 ish years that I have been blogging! Brilliabt. :-) great minds think alike :-)

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