As Day 4 Dawns: This Is Why We’re Always Up Early

Wednesday, July 11 (Part I)
Temps: 81F (27C) / 70F (21C) …
Felt a lot hotter when walking on the black lava

We’re usually up by 5:30a; Mui often earlier.  Friends think we’re crazy to be up and about so early on vacation.  That’s OK; we’re the ones that get the sunrise photos that they get to enjoy later :-)

I love the dawning of the day.  It signals new beginnings; rebirth; and possibilities yet to be explored.  It’s a quiet time.  A time for reflecting on what’s past while wondering what might lie ahead.

At 6:38a, Mother Nature gives us a hint of what is coming.

With the clouds looking like someone had run a rake through them, we had a truly glorious sunrise this morning.  And when the bottoms of the clouds started to catch the yellow, orange, pink, and red rays of the rising sun … well there are no words to describe what we beheld.  That there were only 5-6 people sharing the event with us on deck 4 aft made the experience that much more special.  Each of us was silent as we enjoyed Mother Nature’s colors; the occasional shutter clicks and the sounds from birds flying overhead the only accompaniment to this Kodak moment.

At 6:52a ...

A wider look (6:53a) …

The colors are changing minute by minute (6:54a) …

Golden-orange hues come into play (6:58a) …

Just so you know we are on a ship in the middle of the ocean (7:00a) …

Magnificent frigatebirds start showing up overhead (7:04a) …

By 7:06a, the clouds have lost most of the deep colors;
a new day dawns, and it looks like it’s going to be a great one.

A tripod would have come in handy this morning, but I made do.

As the day got brighter, we went to pick up some breakfast from the buffet and brought it up to deck 4 aft to enjoy.  Soon, the ship was dropping anchor at Santiago Island, the site of our next landing.  Time to get ready for a new adventure …

3 comments:

  1. Magnificent and numinous.
    It’s not the least bit crazy to be up before dawn. I’d give anything to be a Larky “A” person, instead of being burdened with the “B” chronotype that keeps me awake until 4. Consider yourselves blessed, and thanks for sharing the moment with the poor souls still trying to grab a few zzzzzz's ;))

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  2. I always wanted to be a morning person and not just for the gorgeous sunrises. I just don't think that's something one can control.

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  3. mother nature at her finest hour!!..thanks for sharing!..can we go back to bed now?

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