Rendezvous with sunrise and sunset

“The clouds steadily rising over the horizon and the moon gradually stepping away into oblivion” ~ Suman Kumar @5am

Sunrise and Sunset
I’ll tell you how the sun rose,
A ribbon at a time.

The steeples swam in amethyst,
The news like squirrels ran.
 The hills untied their bonnets,
The bobolinks begun.
Then I said softly to myself,
That must have been the sun!”
But how he set, I know not.
There seemed a purple stile
Which little yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while
 Till when they reached the other side,
A dominie in gray
Put gently up the evening bars,
And led the flock away.
– Emily Dickinson

Gazing through the gorgeous scene, I felt like I was a travel companion absorbing the stunning beauty of the crescent moon and sunrise with Suman, who has brilliantly captured this photograph at 5am, and i stored the scenic beauty, nature has to offer, in my mind. It was a feast to my aesthetic senses as the hue and tone on the onset of the captivating sunrise was spectacular. What I did was gaze on this photo and then closing my eyes I brought the scene and locked it there so that it became a part of me. That way I can meditate at will and have a peaceful day. As they say, that a picture paints a thousand words, it propelled me to write an article.

My friend, Suman, captured this enchanting beauty from Tenneti Park, which is named after the legendary freedom fighter Tenneti Viswanadham garu. This park is sitting on the foot of the beautiful and magnanamous Kailasgiri hill, offering magnificent view of the sea. He happened to witness some mesmerising magic of the reflection of crescent moon in the deep blue waters, and there arose the deepest urge in him, to quench his photographic thirst and bind the brilliant spectacle in his lens. What better way than to relax in the lap of nature after a long day at work. That is the best thing about the city of destiny, Vizag, and the sea is at a stone’s throw away from where i live. If you are a nature lover like me, you’d never get bored watching the shifting shades of the sun, sea and sky.

Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves. By the time Suman went home to collect his camera and lens, the shifting shadows of dawn, welcomed him with earthen tones, as the ball of fire was surging from its deep slumber all night, to bring forth some bursting light, a ray of hope and a dawn for a new day. In his own words, Suman said, “Trust me … it was even more beautiful in reality”. No amount of the superior quality of the photographic lens can beat the lens of the naked eye. But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.

This the very reason why, my mother and i travelled extensively in India and abroad, to experience and explore nature, in all its splendour and manifold witness.  Immersing myself in  new cultures, learning languages, and experiencing new environments especially in nature but also in urban settings was a  passion of mine.  I couldn’t imagine my life any other way. However, in the past four years I’ve travelled very little.  So when I come across a picture like this, I dive in and revel in the vistas and experiences, when photographs of originality such as this, has to offer me. It is as wealthy as the river of gold and as vivid as the eye can contain.

We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness. I still remember, in those early days of my life in HSBC, Ron, and other like-minded people would march almost everyday to watch a sunrise. I reckon, Ron and friends tease me till date, for once i said, “let’s go and watch the MORNING sunrise” 😀 😀 :D. When Ron~Megz got their new car, i was treated with a sudden surprise. 🙂 🙂 I was driven atop Kailasagiri hill to witness the sunrise. I dropped my jaw as i saw the city waking up to nature’s glorious resplendence. I can never ever forget the visual treat. One of the best surprising gifts they had given me as a couple. ThanQ Ron n Megha. 🙂

How sweet the morning air is! Whenever I travel or even otherwise, I am always up at sun rise, it’s an enthralling experience, every single time and a great start to the day! Alluring, a perfect reminder that I should see the sunrise more often, so much more life-giving than a few extra hours in bed to reconcile me to an earthly existence that shows beauty in as many turns as it takes to lift me out of life’s doldrums.The opulence of nature and pictures such as these, are not merely a depiction of the sun at the horizon coming up or going down, but each of them captures the mood, the time and the activities that go on during the that time of the day … which makes every click special and unique in its own way. Always; picturesque images coax me into the scene, and I stare with mouth agape in childlike wonder.
Many-a-times, when i wondered at God’s creation as i was in unision with nature, i can’t withhold myself from singing the hymn,

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
consider all the works thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God; to thee,
How great thou art, how great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God; to thee,
How great thou art, how great thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander,
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;

As i pen down these lines, i sang this meaningful hymn. As a little girl, i always thought, God dipped HIS paint brush in an array of colours and splashed them across in the vast expanse of sky, for us to experience HIS treasure chest of bountiful beauty of nature. When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the Creator. There is nothing more musical than a sunrise and a sunset. The grandeur of nature and its appalling beauty are proofs that only the Almighty God can create such wonder. Lo and behold His Majesty !!

Often, as i traversed back home from work witinessing a sunset, i happened to see tiny little clouds float like a pink feather from some gigantic Flamingo. A glorious sunset is the epitome of fleeting beauty. At times the brilliance of the orange sun is astounding. The best recipe and my idea of relaxation is the sunset, no matter from where i view the ocean. The peace and tranquility of the moment is a balm to my soul. I love the beauty in the lengthening shadows and the silhouettes that show themselves at a sunset. I enjoy many moments at the edge of the sea. The ones I enjoy most, however, are the ones I spend there at the end of the day. I enjoy the colours, the silhouettes, the stillness at the end of the day, the sense of vastness the ocean encompasses, the sound of the waves meeting the shore, and the sense of peace and tranquility that fills me.

During those elusive moments, i feel, how small am i with my petty ambitions and strivings in the presence of vast expanse of God’s creation of luxurious and extravagant richness of nature. 🙂 🙂 🙂

4 thoughts on “Rendezvous with sunrise and sunset

  1. To describe beauty of the nature…..words are required…..Amy you have penned down beautiful words which has enhanced the beauty of nature……..God Bless You


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