Sunday 1 October 2017

9 months on...

I stood at the harbour at the port of Yeosu in South Korea and watched the sunrise in the distance and decided it was time to put into action something I had been thinking about for a while. I have always enjoyed watching both the sunrise and the sunset. Each signalling an important time of the day... A sunrise, a new day with new beginnings possible.... A sunset, a time of reflection of the day that was...

The one that started it all.... my first sunrise picture.

I had thought for a while that I would challenge myself to see if I could enjoy this time of day more and share it with anyone who may have been interested by taking a photo and sharing on Instagram. And so on the harbour in that foreign country, thousands of kilometres from my family and close friends the Instagram account sunrise.or.sunset was born with the challenge being for me to take a photo of either the sunrise or the sunset each day for at least a year.

My apartment in Mokpo, South Korea was a 10 minute walk from the harbour and the perfect spot to take my sunset photos.

Nine months later and I'm happy to say that I am still going. In the last 9 months I have taken photos in 3 different countries, starting my year in South Korea, moving back to Australia in February and some from a holiday to Fiji in June. Admittedly I am more of a sunset person as I find it difficult to get up early enough to catch the sunrise, but there is the odd sunrise photo among the photos. Some days I have been organised enough to catch both!

I am often asked if I have missed a day and the answer is, there is a photo for every day but there are a few that have been taken by my trusty sister who I have had to madly text on the odd occasion to take a photo for me because I have been caught up with something, or that one time I was laid up in bed horribly sick and I didn't even have to ask, she sent me one anyway!

Sunset in Fiji is pretty spectacular as well.

One of the things I have loved about this challenge I have set for myself is that it's allowed me to explore my local area a lot more. Early in the piece and with the changing seasons and movement of the sun, I have driven all around the local area finding the perfect spot to take my photo. Some nights I take my time, enjoy the drive, wait and watch as the sun drifts down over the horizon, reflect on the day that was and what is to come, and other nights it's a quick snap out the car window before taking off again. Either way it is nice to stop, even if just for a moment, and soak in the moment. Something I don't think happens enough in this crazy world.

One of my absolute favourites.

So if you, like me, are a lover of this time of day and have not already followed me, please do so here! And tag me in your sunset photos on Instagram, I'd love to see them!

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