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I’m not a morning person – it takes quite an effort to haul myself out of bed on most mornings. Everything changes though when I travel. Getting up early to catch a flight or to go on a tour, or simply to see the sunrise suddenly becomes effortless. I guess it’s the excitement that travel invokes; the chance to experience something new or to witness a unique moment of beauty. I didn’t have any problems waking up after a few hours’ sleep just to see the sunrise in Alaska on the longest day of the year, or getting up at 5am for a river safari in the jungles of Borneo, or scrambling out of my tent to go hot-air ballooning over the Wadi Rum desert at dawn. It’s amazing what travel can do to a person; it certainly motivates me to get out of bed and appreciate the beauty of a sunrise.

I’ve taken more pictures of sunsets but my collection of sunrise pictures is surprisingly varied, well, considering I’m not a morning person. Without further ado, here’s my modest pictorial tribute to the sunrise. Enjoy!

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Sunrise over Wadi Rum, Jordan
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The peaks of the Austrian Alps bathed in pink at sunrise
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Sunrise seen from the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain
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Sunrise at the Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Malaysia
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Sunrise in southeast Alaska on the longest day of the year
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Overwater bungalows in Bora Bora at dawn
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The El Tatio geysers in northern Chile (at an altitude of 5,000m) at sunrise
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The San Francisco church in Salta, Argentina at dawn
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Sunrise and morning mist in the Ulu Temburong jungles of Brunei on the island of Borneo.

 

11 Responses

  • These pictures are so beautiful. I’m the same, I have a huge collection of sunset photos but I can rarely drag myself out of best for sunrise. These pics prove that it is definitely worth the effort!

  • My favorite is the image from Zugspitze. Just love that one Keith! Well done. Beautiful set of images that make me restless to get out there and travel again.

  • I’m exactly de same. I stay as long as I can in bed at home (I sometimes even work from my bed because I’m too lazy – especially during the winter!) but when I travel, I love to get up early! Thanks for the amazing pics!

  • Hahaha! Great to hear from you Vera Marie. 🙂 I bet you have spectacular sunrises & sunsets in Tucson – somehow, they’re always spectacular in desert regions.

    Cheers,
    Keith

  • Yawn! That’s not boredom because you’re photos are an eye-opener. That’s just me trying to get up. In Tucson we have spectacular sunrises nearly every morning (I hear.)

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