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Sunrise - Sunset

Posted June 14, 2007


Where is the best place to watch the sun rise? And where is the best place to watch the sun set? Your input will be greatly appreciated.

This topic came to mind this week when WRAL Videographer and producer Richard Adkins asked permission to use the song "Tall Ships" from my "I Am a River" album for a video essay on coastal sunrises.

To me there is nothing quite so romantic as getting up early before the dawn, grabbing a great mug of coffee and watching the fiery orb inch its way over the horizon. Plus you can’t beat a silent glass of old vine Red Zinfandel as the sun sinks slowly across the western sky.

My favorites? Well, here in North Carolina Alleghany County offers some of the most incredible sunrises just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Gideon’s Ridge at Blowing Rock boasts a breathtaking view. Ocracoke shimmers with glorious sunrises and sunsets along the coast.

But my favorite sunrise of all: Haleakala on Maui in Hawaii. At more than 10,000 feet you feel like you’re experiencing the dawn of creation in what the natives call “The House of the Sun.”

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  • 050462 Jun 16, 2007

    my best sunrise was in a airplane,you fell as if you are a n angel with the cotton clouds below you.sunset was the same ,flying,who else can say they saw 2 sunsets in a row?just incredible!!!!!!!

  • Baseball Nut Jun 15, 2007

    My wife and I make a point to view at least one sunrise every summer on our vacation to Atlantic beach. The company is wonderful and the sunrise is pretty good only because the summertime haze dulls the natural beauty. My favorite sunrise is in mid to late December viewed from a duck blind in eastern NC. The crisp morning air makes your skin tingle and a hazeless sky shows the most amazing blue I have ever seen coupled with the pinks and oranges as the sun's rays start to become visable. Also, to see Mother Nature come to life as the sky lightens is also worth the price of admission. Sharing all this with a couple of my dearest friends and a good labrador retriever makes for the start of a perfect day.

  • eyesblue Jun 15, 2007

    Sunrise....the mountains most anywhere. Sunset...Mallory Square in Key West, FL., is one of the best !

  • Mr 911 Jun 15, 2007

    Steelehawk Said,
    As the wind blows across your face and the only sound you hear are the waves lapping on the hull of the ship, the dull gray of the eastern horizon slowly turns from pink through rose, to orange and finally to blazing red as the Sun crests over the waves with a brilliance mortal man could never hope to recreate or even adquately descibe.

    What else did you all do on those boats? Watching those sunsets most have been pretty romantic

  • tennispro Jun 15, 2007

    I viewed the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen last week at Jackson Lake Lodge thirty miles from Jackson Hole, Wyoming!! It was breathtaking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Twyla

  • STeeleHawk Jun 15, 2007

    Beaches and mountains, both great, however I've got one to top that. Remember in TITANIC Leonardo was holding Kate up at the very prow of the ship. While serving in the USMC (years before the movie), I had the oppurtunity to do basically the same thing, just at the crack of dawn from a US Navy ship.

    As the wind blows across your face and the only sound you hear are the waves lapping on the hull of the ship, the dull gray of the eastern horizon slowly turns from pink through rose, to orange and finally to blazing red as the Sun crests over the waves with a brilliance mortal man could never hope to recreate or even adquately descibe.

  • bornbredtarheel Jun 14, 2007

    Anywhere at the beach!!

  • Mtn Man Jun 14, 2007

    Sunset - Mount Jefferson

  • bleslie Jun 14, 2007

    Riverracer: You are right! Great spots.

  • Riverracer Jun 14, 2007

    Sunrise over Grandfather Mountain, sunset over the Pamlico River.

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