In the #ExpediaChat Twitter travel chat last week, Rick Griffin (a chat host) and other fun travel friends were sharing beautiful sunrise and sunset photos. I tweeted a few of my photos and, of course, everyone was in awe of my photos and said they were the best (wink wink).
Anyway, I joked we should have our own sunrise/sunset photos Twitter chat; any suggestions for a name? Rick was quick with the trigger and published an article a couple of days ago with some of his favorite sunrise and sunset photos.
Well, inspired by Rick, others, and just because sunrise and sunset photos are awesome, I scoured my photo collection and extracted a dozen (plus three) that I love. I started with 60 so it was quite a chore narrowing down to only 15.
All of these photos were taken by me and with my smartphone at the time. If you love the photo, credit the beautiful setting.
15 Fantastic Sunrise and Sunset Photos
This is the most recent photo from this collection of 15 photos. On my road trip between South Florida and Northern Virginia, my friends (the Murrays) took me to this spectacular location called Sunset Park in Tarpon Springs, Florida. I would say I was there on a pretty good night.
Many years ago, on a road trip between Long Beach, California and El Paso, Texas, my final major stop was White Sands National Monument in Alamogordo, New Mexico. I made sure to get up before sunrise one morning to take the above picture. See also Fun Things to Do in Gallup On Your New Mexico Vacation
While my children were playing in the sand on Captiva Island, I snuck away for a second to take the above sunset photo. I was happy to capture two birds in the scene. See also South Seas Island Resort: Relaxed Luxury Getaway on Captiva Island.
After a brilliant Memorial Day weekend dinner with friends, they took us for an end of the day boat ride. I like the sunset with the calm and churning water.
The above sunrise photo is one of my favorite travel photos. We took family trips to a beach house in Duck, North Carolina (Outer Banks) for nearly 20 years. At least one morning each trip, I tried to wake up around 5:30 to watch the sunrise.
While sunrises at Outer Banks are spectacular, occasionally there are also amazing sunsets. The island is only a mile wide where Duck is and the above scene is looking over the Currituck Sound.
Well, after all of those years of taking sunrise photos at the Outer Banks, I can fill several articles. I absolutely love this celestial special effect but I promise you that this and all of my photos have no filters. Just plain ole regular pictures.
Key West sunsets are classic. This was taken from the Mallory Square area, where there is a sunset celebration every night.
With my stank little iPhone several years ago, I had to zoom in (maximum) to make this boat and the sun appear fairly normal. Although the resolution is lower and not crystal clear, I love how the picture looks.
During my stay at Beliveau Estate, near Blacksburg, Virginia, early morning after a nice evening thunderstorm provided the above mystical scene.
This photo was probably taken with the first iPhone model, it is so old. I would love to return to Lanikai Beach in Hawaii to see more sunsets.
We were lucky to have this view from our vacation rental in St. John and I was thrilled to capture this sunset photo one night.
I just love the above photo of a Ft. Lauderdale Florida sunrise. What earth-shattering idea did this person have to cause this solar explosion? See also The 8 Best Scenic Drives in South Florida Near Miami.
I took a break from eating lobster (most likely) to snap the above lovely shot of a small harbor in Boothbay area of Maine.
Finally, I had to include one sunset picture from a plane. I love this one because the clouds look like a bed of lava or the surface of Mars.
Do you have any favorite sunrise and sunset photos?