Sunrise or Sunset?

Have you ever looked at the sun in a photo and wondered whether it was coming up or going down? The sun doesn’t change, so what does? Our world. When the day begins, the air is cool and clean — the sun’s rays spread quickly, turning pink and lavender. But by day’s end, the air is warm and saturated with all the world has pumped into it — the sun’s rays spread slowly through the thickness, producing deep reds and bruisy blues. Of course, everything is subject to our perception. Is sunrise a cause for hope, or fear of what must be faced? Is sunset a time to lick our wounds or enumerate our accomplishments? And what of the mad, beautiful world around us? With pandemics waning and wars waxing, what do we see? Sunrise or sunset?

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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36 Responses to Sunrise or Sunset?

  1. Gary Fultz says:

    You have a great knack for finding thousand word pictures Mitch…my imagination goes 5 directions at once looking at them.

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  2. I’m hearing the song from “Fiddler on the Roof” playing in my head.

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  3. Michele Lee says:

    Beautiful photos. Both times of day are perfect times to mediate and reflect. 🧘🏻‍♀️🌄

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  4. Both are reasons to praise God from whom all blessings flow!

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  5. Your question reminds me of the tour of Constituion Hall in Philadelphia, where George Washington’s chair has a rising sun, but during the heated discussions of the Congress, Ben Franklin (I think) wondered if the sun was rising or setting on them. (It is a great tour if you are ever in Philadelphia.)

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  6. Great photos! Thanks for sharing! 💓

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  7. Sara says:

    Beautiful images to accompany these self reflective words. 💕

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  8. ejstoo says:

    Lovely pictures very beautiful. With mine, it’s easy to tell mine are sunset…mostly because medical stuff makes early rising harder 😉

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  9. Nancy Ruegg says:

    I’ve often wondered if there were differences between the two, enough that a trained eye could determine whether a photo was a sunset or sunrise. Thank you for the explanation, Mitch, and the stunning photographs. My fave: the dad holding his infant child as the sun rises behind him. (At least I think it’s rising!)

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  10. Manu says:

    Beautiful pictures. It is hard to tell from a picture if it is a sunrise or a sunset, but one cannot deny they are both beautiful and bring about a different feeling at the start and end of the day.

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  11. Liz says:

    Love the photo of father and son on railroad tracks. Beautiful. 🙂

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  12. Jennie says:

    Absolutely beautiful. We have art to see every day. We just have to stop and look. It’s humbling.

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  13. Beautiful photos. I do love watching the sun rise. There is something about seeing the world light up and wondering what the day holds.

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  14. alison41 says:

    Fabulous pix! Sunrise, gets my vote. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Sunset here is also sunrise someplace else.

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  16. Dawn Marie says:

    I am blessed to have a small cottage on a lake. One of my favorite things are the beautiful sunrises I have the pleasure of watching coming up over the lake. Yes, because of their beauty. But mostly because of the hope it signals for a New day. Hugs to you for stirring this appreciation in my heart.

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  18. I used to tell the kids a sunrise was God’s saying, “Good morning! I love you!” Some mornings it was a faint whisper with pinks and yellows, other mornings it was a joyful song of sunbeams. And occasionally there would be a sunrise so magnificent I felt the Lord was picking me up and swinging me around! 😀💕

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  19. Maren says:

    I need them both in my life, and thank you for the pictures — as a slide show it is an amazing visual prayer.

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  20. usfman says:

    In metaphorical terms , the opportunities ahead in sunrise always sound better than the utter end of sunset.

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  21. Great pictures and interesting POV on sunrise and sunset.

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  22. Oh, my; fantastic pics, Mitch! Also, I like the different ways to “see” sunsets and sunrises; I prefer sunsets myself, for many reasons. One is that sunsets remind me that I’m ever closer to going home to be with the Lord–as are the rest of us who follow Him.

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  23. wrookieschu says:

    Some amazing shots there!!!!

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