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Photo of the Day – Sunrise Blast – Pigeon Point – St Lucia
While vacationing in St. Lucia last week for Thanksgiving, I talked my brother and his wife into waking up at four in the morning to watch the sun rising from the east over the island. The plan was to walk from our hotel to an old 18th century British fort on the ocean that provided elevated views back towards the sun, far above the rest of the island. Everything was going well until we discovered that the entrance to the fort was gated and we weren’t allowed to enter until 8am – after the sunrise. Luckily, all it took was a small ten-dollar bribe to the sleepy eyed security guard to open the gate and get on our way hiking through the dark black night to the top of the fort.
Photo of the Day – A Weeping Hot Air Sunrise – Teotihuacan, MexicoAs we walked the perimeter of the Temple of the Sun at Teotihuacan, I was drawn away from the pyramid and toward this tree as its silhouette fascinated me against the new day. There were dozens of groups taking hot-air balloon rides over the Teotihucan area and I captured a few of them here as well. But at the end of it all, this photo really has little to nothing to do with Teotihuacan. It is simply a beautiful view.
Photo of the Day – Sunrise Canoes at Lake Moraine – Banff National Park, CanadaIf you couldn’t tell by my previous post regarding my trip to Banff, I was blown away. I think this picture does another great job of speaking a thousand words about why Banff is simply awesome without me preaching on and on.
The canoes, the incredible water color, the simplicity of the nature surrounding the lake and of course, the sunrise all add up to not only make a fantastic photo, but to also show what makes Banff so special.
Photo of the Day – Early Morning Shopping in Red Square – Moscow, RussiaAfter pulling an all-nighter in Moscow, we decided to get out on to Red Square for some clear shots of St. Basils and Red Square. During this shoot, I saw this shot which was taken looking opposite from St. Basils Cathedral. Some times there are some amazing scenes right behind you (look around!).
This photo feels very much like an early weekend morning (in this case a Sunday) with only a few people out and the sun trying its hardest to rise above even the lowest of buildings. The shimmer and glisten of the water on the streets would usually tell you that it rained the previous night – but in this case, the water is from Moscow’s street cleaners.
So, why on earth did I title this “Early Morning Shopping in Red Square”? Well, the building on the far-left is the Glavnyi Universalnyi Magazin or GUM (pronounced ‘goom’). It means “Main Universal Store” and is a high-end shopping mall that acts as one of the borders to Red Square. Although we did not go inside, its facade is beautiful.
Photo of the Day – Molten Lava Sunrise – Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, USAWaking up at 1:45 AM to drive 3 hours so you can make sunrise is generally hit or miss. On Saturday, Brad and I gave this a whirl as we headed towards Yosemite National Park in the pitch black of a super early Saturday morning. Would it rain? Would it shine? Would it be hazy? Who knew? But, we were going to find out.
We arrived perfectly at about 30 minutes prior to sunrise, the best time to start shooting and got setup at the iconic Tunnel View lookout within Yosemite National Park. At first, the sunrise was very dull with minimal clouds and not much color. And suddenly within about a 5 minute span an incredible amount of color filled the Yosemite Valley and I was able to capture the photo you see today.
I’ve said it before (here) and I’ll say it again, waking up for a sunset has very rarely disappointed me. I highly recommend checking it out, it will change your life.
Mystery Photo WinnerCongratulations to Mike Rubenstein for being the first person to solve yesterday’s mystery photo – Photo of the Day – Kaleidoscope View – Mystery Photo. As Mike correctly pointed out, we took that picture standing in the atrium of the Burj Al Arab, capturing the massive open space in the middle of the iconic building. Look for your prize coming in the mail soon Mike!
Photo of the Day – Tunnel View Sunrise – Yosemite National Park, California, USAWaking up at 4AM to take photos can sometimes be very hard work. No, I am not whining, but it’s a reality. With that in mind, it is photos like these that never make me second guess the extra hard work that goes into capturing nature at its peak during the dawn of a new day.
Yosemite is my favorite National Park that I have seen to date, but I have yet to see Glacier National, Yellowstone, or Banff. Lucky for me, I am going to see Banff this weekend! I am very curious to see how Banff stacks up against Yosemite – it has some tough competition to say the least. And you better believe I’ll be waking up at 4AM to capture a few sunrises, be on the look out!
The bottom-line is that sunrise is often overlooked as sunsets always seem to get the hype, glamour and photos. However, I think this sunrise specifically helps to chalk one up in support of the sunrise lovers.
How Well Can Your Favorite Kid Color?Did you know that AbsoluteVisit published its very own coloring book earlier this year? The coloring book is very easy for you to download and print out on your home printer (or of course at work)! Best of all it is completely FREE!
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Photo of the Day – Dark Angkor Wat Sunrise – Siem Reap, CambodiaWe took this photo at the front of the famous Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia back in 2010 while waiting for the sun to rise over the mysteriously dark Hindu complex. There is always one part of this sunrise experience that always sticks out when I look back at our collection of pictures from this surreal morning. While we waited for the sun to show it’s face above the dark earth’s surface, young Cambodian girls delivered us bottomless glass cups of iced coffee to help us get through the early morning hours.
Photo of the Day – Evil Orange Sunset – Poipu Beach – Kauai, Hawaii, USAI took this photo while travelling to Kauai right in front of our hotel – the Sheraton, Poipu. We woke up early and headed down to the beach to welcome the sunrise and were unfortunately presented with an overcast and rain spitting morning.
After ducking for cover a few times, the rain let up just enough for me to dart out on to the beach. After a few snaps from the sand, I moved out into the water as the sun was just under the cloud cover and illuminate it with an intense orange.
What started out as a relatively disappointing morning quickly blossomed into one of the most beautiful sunrises I have seen!
Photo of the Day – Shipwreck Beach Cliffs Sunrise – Kauai, HawaiiYes, another one from Kauai! But hey, can you really blame me?
I woke up super early to snag this shot on what surprised me to be an incredible sunrise. Although it is not always fun to wake up at 5AM (especially on vacation), I have rarely been disappointed by a sunrise and the story was no different on this morning.
I drove to Shipwreck Beach and quickly noticed a small trail on top of a large rock that was really blocking the sunrise. My hope was that this would lead to somewhere on top to get a good view and that is just what it did! Although I did not walk along the cliffs edge very far, it was stunning at first site.
It makes it pretty hard to have a bad day when you can have a start like this – on that note, have a great day ahead!
Photo of the Day – The Dark Sunrise – Hot Air Balloon Ride – Cappadocia, TurkeyCappadocia is an area in Western Turkey best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks. One of the most popular attractions for a tourist is to wake up early in the morning and float through the sky safely in the basket of a hot air balloon.
Will and I visited Cappadocia back in 2010 on our trip around the world and made the steep investment to secure our spot on one of the morning balloons. We woke up really early one morning and joined about fifty other balloons in the morning sky. It was the first time either of us had ever been up in a hot air balloon and it was nothing short of incredible. There is no better way to get a full view of Cappadocia’s special landscape.
As the sun was rising, I pointed my camera at two balloons that were standing between us and the sun. I included the top picture below to give you perspective on where the sun was at relative to the two balloons. However it is the second picture that I think is special. I zoomed in, eliminating the distracting sun, but leaving the silhouetted balloons in the frame. It’s hard to recall a better sunrise on any day in my life.