LAPC #213: Here Comes the Sun

Sunrise at South End, Pawleys Island, SC 2022

Thanks to Amy for hosting the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #213 this week and this topic that probably appeals to anyone who loves photographing the sun whether it’s morning, noon, or late evening! (In fact, head to her site for a stunning photo of an Alaskan sunrise taken at 3:49 a.m.)

To love beauty is to see light.

Victor Hugo

Because we’ve been visitors at Pawleys Island, South Carolina, for over four decades, you can probably guess that we have a photo or two of sunrises over the ocean and sunsets over the marsh. And we’ve posted them frequently enough that you may have tired of them.

But every time we visit, we make a point of getting up early, throwing on the basics, and grabbing a camera and iPhone to record ocean views and the reflections on the houses facing the light.

Reflections of morning sun on houses at South End, Pawleys Island, SC
Catching the early morning light: homes along the South End, Pawleys Island, SC

Best of all, my family has now discovered the beauty of these early-morning adventures, and we couldn’t be happier to see the next generations enjoying the sight of a just-emerging glorious sunrise.

Capturing sunrise at Pawleys Island, SC 2022
The next generation discovering the beauty of a morning sunrise.

This summer brought on an added bonus: tracks of a loggerhead turtle in search of an appropriate, safe place to lay her eggs. It evidently wasn’t where she dragged her tired body near the access at the South End, since we saw no evidence of her nest. But we’ll keep looking for more turtle tracks each time we visit this heavenly coast.

Sunrise and turtle tracks: Pawleys Island, SC 2022
Turtle tracks from a loggerhead in search of a safe place to bury her eggs.

Recently, we saw sunrises on the other side of the world as we noted the arrival of a new day aboard Viking’s Kvasir (the Holland & Belgium trip). At first, the early morning sun barely peeped around clouds, sharing its warm colors along the horizon.

Early sunrise, Noord, The Netherlands
First rays of sun off the coast of Noord, The Netherlands

But minutes later, that same light tinged the clouds with pink, sharing the glow with businesses and workers one by one as the day began.

Morning sun on the port of Noord, The Netherlands
Good morning, Noord!

No matter where you see the morning sun, we feel that you have lived to see another of nature’s endearing morning shows. And each one is different.

Sunrise in the port of Noord, The Netherlands
Morning sun lights up windows at the dock in Noord.

In South Carolina or The Netherlands, greeting the sun makes us feel a part of God’s handiwork.

Sunrise as seen from Viking's Kvasir in Noord, The Netherlands
The morning show from Viking’s Kvasir.

Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.

William Arthur Ward

Travel in the light,

Rusha & Bert

For more entries in this Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, head to Amy’s blog, The World Is a Book, to see more beautiful, sunny images.

27 thoughts on “LAPC #213: Here Comes the Sun

  1. Amy

    While we were on the road, it was challenging to enter comment. These images are stunningly beautiful. This first one is breathtaking.

  2. Tina Schell

    Beautiful post Rusha – must admit your Pawley’s Island images warmed my heart as of course I too cherish the beautiful sunrises of South Carolina. Especially loved your image and thoughts about the next generation 😊

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks so much. It’s always fun to try to capture the sun, but sometimes the light washes out as I’m snapping the pictures. Good photographers know how to control all that; I’m mainly just a point and shoot kinda gal.

      1. WanderingCanadians

        It’s funny because I typically don’t pay attention to the sunrise or sunset unless I’m on vacation. I’ve been meaning to do a better job of that though, but it hasn’t been working too well. I guess I just need to take more vacation then!

      2. Oh, the Places We See

        Ah, yes. More vacations!!! We’re the same way. Around here, we barely see sunrises or sunsets because we have so many trees in our condo complex. But last night, we found a hill on which you can see the sunset from a local park. We loved it, and we need to do it more often!

  3. Anonymous

    The opening image is just breathtaking! Can’t imaging watching the sight of a just-emerging at the Pawleys Island. how fun to see the Turtle tracks, and I love the glorious sun scene and the reflections.

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks so much. All of these were taken with my iPhone, so kudos to them for making a great camera I can carry in a pocket! We love sunrises at the beach, and now I may have to make at least one on future cruises.

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