Sunrises and sunsets of 2012

I love the sun.  I have always tried to spend time in the sun.  And fortunately I haven’t ever been very diligent in applying sunscreen, which we now know is largely the cause of the melanomas, skin cancer and other problems.  I have mostly been sensible and not got burnt too often, although over the years it sometimes has happened. We also now know that the sun, and the Vitamin D it provides, gives so many health benefits – which sunscreens filter out, of course.  I basically really didn’t believe all the propaganda against the sun because I just felt the sun was good. Look at Natural News  and Mercola for many articles on the health benefits of the sun.

And I love the beauty of sunrises and sunsets.  Every day, if i can, I try to catch both.  Here are a few of the photos I have taken over the period from the winter solstice 2011 to the summer solstice 2012.

Firstly, this sunrise is taken just after the winter solstice, at Gurney Drive,  Penang, in the direction of George Town…

Gurney Drive Penang

Oops – missed the equinox. This is sunrise looking east from Kuala Besut on the Malaysian east coast…

Kuala Besut sunrise

Then a sunset from Perhentian Island, off the east coast of Malaysia…

Perhentian sunset

And you can just walk across the island from where the sun sets to see the sunrise…

Perhentian sunrise

And now let’s jump continents to Australia – where I saw many great sunrises and sunsets. Firstly, Margaret River, Western Australia…

Margaret River sunset

Next, a couple of thousand kilometers north, a sunset in Broome, taken from the plane just before landing…

Broome sunset

Then, still in Broome, a couple of sunset photos taken from Cable Beach…

Cable Beach sunset, Broome

And with camels…

camels returning home

And finally, before leaving Broome, a sunrise – but from the west side of the peninsula…

sunrise at Cable Beach, Broome

And now a few thousand kilometres away –  to Adelaide, and a sunset…

Adelaide sunset

I only caught this by accident – I was travelling from the city to the suburbs in an older train carriage that had no electronic display showing the next station – so I missed my station, and had to alight at the next one and return. As a result the timing was perfect to catch this scene. But now over to Victoria, heading in the direction of Melbourne from the west, and a sunrise…

KFC sunrise

The same sunrise with the Colonel…

KFC sunrise

From deep in the south of Victoria comes this next sunset…

Lakes Entrance, Victoria, sunset

And now much further north, in south N.S.W, and a sunset…

Merimbula sunset

And a little further north, a sunrise in Narooma, N.S.W…

Narooma sunrise

But I was pretty cold while on the beach taking a lot of sunrise photos.   And now a sunset in Sydney, overlooking Middle Harbour…

sunset in Sydney

Now, back in Penang, Malaysia, the sunset the evening before the summer solstice…

just before summer solstice, Penang

The morning of the solstice was very hazy, and this was the best I could get…

solstice sunrise, Penang

and sunset on the evening of the solstice…

summer solstice sunset

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