I had the most incredible day today. It began over 19 hours ago, with a pre-dawn drive up the mighty Haleakala volcano on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The trip to the top was quicker than expected, so we arrived at the summit a full hour and a half before the Sun.
This week’s photo themes from The Daily Post and Where’s My Backpack? are ‘Grand‘ and ‘Symbol‘, respectively. And after my experiences today, I can honestly say there’s nothing grander than watching the sunrise from the top of a 10,000 foot-high volcano in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Except, perhaps, the unspoilt view of the stars I had while waiting for the Sun to make its first appearance of the day.
Seeing the Sun’s initial rays staining the clouds red from such a spectacular vantage point really was something special. And also symbolic of all sorts of things to do with ‘beginning’, or so I’m told.
But after each beginning there must be an ending, I suppose. By this evening, I was back down at sea level to witness the end of this marvellous day, as the Sun once again sank behind the horizon.
Tomorrow I hope to sleep well beyond sunrise!