Day 5: High Angle

Dear Mr Alien,

this morning I rose bright and early at 5am to go out and capture some images for you and while waiting for the Sun to make its appearance I stared up at the sky wondering if you’re any closer to visiting our beautiful blue floating marble? Or if you just visit sporadically, choosing to first learn as much about our world before announcing your presence. Please don’t be scared, no matter what that orange little man in the States is doing, the rest of us are pretty chill and will accept you and yours with open arms. We look forward to your arrival.

As I said earlier I was up early this morning chasing the photo challenge theme of the day, which was High Angle. I missioned up to Boyes drive, just under Muizenberg Peak which is one of the higher areas of my neighbourhood, Muizenberg. This was my second attempt shooting from this location and was luckily blessed with some wicked clouds and lighting that led to some great images, of which I will share more of during the upcoming weeks. Initially I was thinking of taking this High Angle theme in the direction of how we as individuals are in a constant sense of competition which each one trying to be richer, cooler, prettier, thinner than the other, always striving for that high angle version of ourselves.

But after developing the images from my sunrise shoot I was inspired to try and verbalise the magnificence of a sunrise and the all the potential that a new day brings with it.

Sunrise, for aeons the human race has been equal parts enthralled and reverent of the Sun, worshipped by many cultures over the ages such as the Aztecs (Huitzilopochtli or Tonatinuh), Egyptians (Ra), Incas (Inti) and even the Romans (Sol Invictus). This almost perfect sphere of hot plasma is at the centre of our Solar System, we are the planet just after Mercury and Venus in case you need directions, and is undeniably the most important source of life giving energy for our planet.  All life on Earth is dependant on this source of energy yet we take this amazing piece of solar sorcery for granted, knowing that it rises every morning and sets every night like clockwork, how we will rue the day when Mother Sun decides not to show her pulchritudinous face to us anymore.

As you might or might know Mr Alien, the Sun is a star, stars are born, they live and they die so scenarios above is definitely a possibility. Although we don’t need to worry about that, the Earth will most probably be vaporised when the Sun expands into a Red Giant (a dying star) during the throes of death.  But no need to worry it will still be around for the next 4-5 billion years, so you still have time to make your way to this corner of the universe.

Enough history and facts, let me bring to light the impalpable qualities a sunrise brings with it, although these are usually best experienced first hand to really admire and viscerally experience the magnitude of watching the night turn into day via the embracing rays of the morning Sun.

First and foremost a sunrise signifies new beginnings, new opportunities to do the things you have always wanted to or perhaps tackle those tasks you’ve been procrastinating about, like decluttering your home and employing that long overdue Feng Shui or actually going for that run you’ve been promising yourself during a drink addled recitation of new year’s resolutions.

Secondly a sunrise brings light into the world, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant”, one of the most profound sayings I’ve yet to read as it speaks on so many levels. The saying is mostly about transparency, being open, not hiding your true feelings from those you love but also most of all those you don’t get along with. We have the privilege of choosing our company, make full use of this and do what feels right with you instead of reluctantly engaging with that person or activity but under the umbrella of resentment.  With our loved ones we need to feel comfortable enough to criticise each other with the main objective being a healthier relationship where both or more, I am not judging, feel appreciated and most of all liberated enough to voice their true voices.

And thirdly as stated before sunlight energises us. Here is a quick exercise I’ve learned from my yoga practice. In the mornings before you start your day,  stand facing the morning sun while keeping your eyes closed, (Please whatever you do, do not stare directly into the sun, she is a shy star and there is also that little thing of possibly blinding yourself) life your hands toward the sun, palms forward and feel the energy and heat radiated onto your hands, now place energy filled hands over the face, drawing that energy into your body, revitalising it for the arduous oncoming day.

The list of superlatives describing this star of staggering solar is almost as long as the that alliteration and our fascination with this beauty will continue, well for at least the next 4-5 billions years. Thankfully I’ll be peacefully resting within Pachamama by that time.  I hope these words resurrects your passion for rising early and catching the splendour that are sunrises.

Always watching the stars,




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