While taking photography in college I dreaded one assignment in particular; photograph the sunrise. It’s hard enough to make an 8:00 a.m. class, let alone be out of bed before dawn trying to get the perfect shot — hoping to not screw it up and have to repeat it the next morning. It was the assignment that everyone in the communications department knew about and dreaded. But, it turned out to be the one assignment that I loved most.
Nowadays I’m up by sunrise (like most Moms), but am busy getting ready for the day that I miss the beauty of the actual sun rising. Miss it no more: Discovery Channel has developed a series called “Sunrise Earth.”
Shot in HD, each episode highlights sunrises from around the globe. We’ve watched a few of these shows as a family during our quiet time before bed. My favorite so far is one done in China: We watched the peaceful nature of Chinese fisherman using birds to catch fish. Read the description from the Discovery Channel Web site:
Sunrise Earth International
Li River Cormorants
In the last hour of darkness, witness a 2,000 year old working partnership between fishermen and their fish-catching birds, the great cormorants. Dots of light bob at the end of slender bamboo rafts, attracting fish for the trained diving birds to capture … “
These episodes are peaceful, quiet and beautiful. Give one a try one day soon.
I’ll leave you with a sunset for the day:
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