As of the writing of this post if you search 'sunrise' and 'sunset' here in the community the scales tip in favor of 'sunset' by a margin of 32 results to 25. But is that a true representation of the people? Because the question has never been asked directly, let's settle this once and for all (for now, at least):
Which do you prefer: Sunrises or Sunsets?
Bonus points for your best (or favorite) photo that you have taken!
So then we must ask: Do poets prefer sunrises or does watching a sunrise make one a poet?
Perhaps I should have started another thread...
'...Till a voice, as bad as Conscience, rang interminable changes
On one everlasting Whisper day and night repeated - so;
"Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look behind the Ranges -
"Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go!" '
For me being a sunrise or sunset person is a kind of a project.
Before the pandemic I used to wake up regularly at 5.30am to beat the traffic and go to gym before the activity at work begin. I saw no problems in that. Three weeks into the pandemic and I needed a forklift to get out of bet at 7am. Now I dialed it down to 6.30am and the battle is still on.
My natural rhythms tend to be towards later hours, but I put substantial effort to beat that. Early mornings are beautiful from so many points of view that it is worth the effort (not to mention that the snow is more stable when there is some).
@Dmitry - Love the way you phrased it as "kind of a project". I know that it's much easier for me to be out and about early during the summer when we have more light. When I lived up in Alaska I rarely caught the summer's 2am sunrises, but it was definitely easier to hop out of bed at 5am to go up into the mountains.
With that said, happy winter solstice! Here's to longer and longer days for the next six months!
Checking in again, with another vote for sunrise, from a different perspective.
Doing SAR for a number of years, I came to recognize what I called the "Golden Hour," the time just after sunrise when teams make contact with the lost or stranded person, following an all night operation that usually began just as the sun was setting.
For a bunch of reasons, that time is a high probability contact occasion. The lost/stranded person, even if a night owl is awake after a fitful sleep and is more alert and aware, as are the searchers.
At least, that was the situation, before cell phones. Now it is more common for the location to be known....
Sunrise for me. Absolutely love watching the sun come up on a new day. The smells of the morning dew, or the sounds of the birds moving about can be fully appreciated before the rest of humanity wakes up.
Cycling down a Vermont/New Hampshire road, as the sun comes up, is something very special. As is having a cup of coffee at the top of a mountain during sunrise.
Yup, sunrise is my favorite time of the day.