Sunrise & Sunset
At the risk of sounding 'basic', I love a good sunrise or sunset. Yes, sometimes I cringe when I see several people posing for their perfect silhouette Instagram pic. But I'll admit I've posed for those photos too; there is something about the way the sky changes colour that I just find so beautiful. Haven't you ever watched an amazing sunset at one point or another and thought, 'What a perfect way to end the day"? Or watched the sunrise and felt like you were the only person awake to witness it?
Throughout my years of travelling, I've definitely collected a few favourite sunrise and sunset memories. When I visited Santorini (Greece) in 2014, the experience of sitting on rooftops and watching the sky turn into these incredible shades of orange and red was breathtaking. It's a pretty cliche thing to do when you're in Santorini, and there is always a big crowd, but it really is stunning. That entire island has such an overwhelming romantic feeling, and the sunset totally fits with that whole vibe.
On a trip to Cambodia in 2016, my friends and I woke up at 4am to join the herd of tourists eagerly waiting to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat. I was actually shocked by the amount of people who were there, but when the sun started to rise the sky turned this insane purple colour, and immediately I understood. Our tuk tuk driver found us a spot where you could see the temple's silhouette reflecting in one of the ponds, and I think I actually spent the next half hour saying 'oh wow' repeatedly. Sadly, after the sun had risen, it was like this quiet magical veil was lifted. Vendors started popping up everywhere, and restaurant owners were convinced they all had the best pancakes. If I remember correctly, we decided on a place with a handwritten sign that said '007 restaurant', and the pleasant little Cambodian man happily told us his name was James Bond. Unfortunately they were not the best pancakes as the sign claimed.
But I think some of my favourite sunrise and sunset experiences have actually been when I least expected them. Like driving home from the beach in Jeju (South Korea), suddenly noticing the colour of the sky in the review mirror, and pulling over to appreciate it. Sometimes we get so caught up with our next big adventure that we forget to notice the amazing things that happen around us every single day.
why does the sky change colour?
The other day I was watching the sunset, and I suddenly realized I had no clue why the sky actually changes into all those beautiful colours. Maybe I'm the only one, but I was immediately interested to read more about it.
After a brief search I came across this article by National Geographic, which explains the science behind the colours of the sky. In simple terms, the sun's rays travel through molecules in the atmosphere before they reach us. These molecules scatter blue and violet light, and during the day sun rays pass through fewer molecules, therefore making the sky appear blue. When the sun sets, the light must pass through more molecules, usually making the blue and violet lights invisible to the human eye and instead leaving us with the pink, orange, and red colours. Confused? Watch this video.
my 10 favourite Sky photos from around the world
(All photos were taken by me. Please do not use without permission)