Which would you rather see, a sunrise or a sunset?
Maybe you’re a morning person and enjoy having coffee outside while watching the sun burst into the sky.
Sunrises promise a new day. A chance to start over, with a clean slate. To do better than before. To make amends where necessary.
They stir anticipation for tackling new projects, meeting new people, uncovering better ways of doing familiar things.
They bring us hope for fresh adventure.
Then again, maybe you’re a night owl and like sunsets better.
Sunsets close out a day and afford us time to unwind, rest, and regroup.
To bask in the warmth of family and home.
Those who gravitate toward the excitement of nightlife see sunsets as the start of their adventures.
So which is better — sunrise, or sunset?
There’s no right or wrong answer here.
Each of us, at different times in our lives, relishes one or the other.
Perhaps for different reasons.
Of course you realize all sunrises and sunsets are different — both from each other and from themselves.
Physicists say that has something to do with how light travels. And how our eyes take light in.
I like the exuberance of sunrise. One minute it’s dark; the next, BAM! Sunlight. Or so it seems with the best ones.
Here, in Central Illinois, morning fog or clouds often hide the sun until it’s high in the sky, so we don’t get to fully appreciate sunrises.
But sunsets often take my breath away with their loveliness. They seem to go on forever. Especially now, when the crops have been harvested.
The sun exchanges its brilliant golden light for muted red tones. Pollutants and other particles in the sky become infused with dusty hues of gold, pink, and lavender, and the sun eases below the horizon, casting shimmery golden shadows on trees facing the show.
Are sunrises or sunsets prettier in your part of the world?