Photo Essay- Year of Sunrises

I recently celebrated my birthday. It amazes me that yet another year has just rushed past me. It has been an interesting year- I have not managed to do everything on my wishlist but I still managed to live through some unlooked for yet fascinating experiences.

I’d like to call the year that went by the year of Sunrises- not metaphorically- well maybe that too a bit- the year was full of new starts. But I did live through a few wonderful sunrises for real.

I almost missed a beautiful sunrise at Angkor Wat. You may have already read the story here.

A beautiful late (by my standards anything past 7am is late) sunrise at Langkawi.

The last most spectacular sunrise I experienced this year was at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It involved an early 5am start from our room- my sister and I trudged to the bus stop nearby to catch the shuttle bus to one of the view points on the rim. The thing about canyon sunrises and sunsets is that there are a vast number of points along the entire rim where you can live through the experience. However, this also means that there is a lot more confusion about where to go- especially when you are confronted with limited time. So it was quite helpful that the driver of our shuttle bus recommended Powell point to us.

Over the next one hour I captured a series of photographs of the canyon from Powell point. These photographs hopefully give you an idea of how as the sun rises, the canyon morphs from a dark form into a land of light and shadows. Truly the canyon at its most spectacular self early in the morning and late in the evening when the shadows are longest.

Just as the sun rises- the canyon is still completely dark except  Hopi Point which is bright as it juts inside into the canyon
Just as the sun rises- the canyon is still completely dark except Hopi Point which is bright as it juts inside into the canyon
You can see some of the highest points inside the canyon getting brighter
You can see some of the highest points inside the canyon getting brighter
Sunlight is drawing out some of the features of the canyon
Sunlight is drawing out some of the features of the canyon
The day has certainly begun- now there is no escaping the light
The day has certainly begun- now there is no escaping the light
Light floods the canyon
Light floods the canyon
By now we need our sunglasses
By now we need our sunglasses
This is about 30 minutes after  I started observing the canyon
This is about 30 minutes after I started observing the canyon
The canyon after a glorious sunrise
The canyon after a glorious sunrise
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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Lav says:

    It was beautiful and the most peaceful sunrise ever for me! Well worth getting out of bed that early!
    Beautiful transitional photos…

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Wasn’t it great! That’s why I love sunrises

  2. Dave Powers says:

    Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos, and a Happy Birthday!!!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks Dave!

  3. fantastic pictures and a happy birth day.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks so very much!

  4. neihtn2012 says:

    Beautiful sequence of photos!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you very much Hien!

  5. Apar says:

    Lovely photos! Try do a Timelapse 🙂 belated happy birthday Suks! May you travel more, read more, blog more about your experiences 🙂 best wishes to you!!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks Aparna, this is kinda sorta my timelapse- didn’t have enough photos to do a proper one.

  6. Nirmala says:

    Magnificent pictures,showing the gradual lighting up!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks, glad you liked it

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