Sunrise Sunset


There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free.
Don’t miss so many of them.

–  Jo Walton


Sunrise and Sunset
I’ll tell you how the sun rose,
A ribbon at a time.

The steeples swam in amethyst,
The news like squirrels ran.
 The hills untied their bonnets,
The bobolinks begun.
Then I said softly to myself,
That must have been the sun!”
But how he set, I know not.
There seemed a purple stile
Which little yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while
 Till when they reached the other side,
A dominie in gray
Put gently up the evening bars,
And led the flock away.
– Emily Dickinson


We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness.


Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over
tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the
color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgandy red,
the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.”
– Jack Kerouac, On the Road


Happiness is the light on the water. The water is cold and dark and deep.
–  William Maxwell



From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and
makes us aware that we are nothing,  but the light is all.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


How sweet the morning air is!
See how that one little cloud floats like a pink feather from some gigantic flamingo.
How small we feel with our petty ambitions and strivings in the presence of the great elemental forces of nature.
– Arthur Conan Doyle


The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

USA-10086New York, United States

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon,
my soul expands in the worship of the creator.

– Mahatma Gandhi

INDIA-10237Mumbai, India

Moonlight is sculpture.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne


There is nothing more musical than a sunset.
– Claude Debussy

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There is only one day left, always starting over:
it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.
– Jean-Paul Sartre





Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.
– George Washington Carver

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All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,
“You owe me.”
What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky.
– Hāfez, 12th century Persian poet and mystic


Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence.
Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.
–  Leonora Carrington


If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years,
how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the
remembrance of the city of God which had been shown!
But every night come out these envoys of beauty,
and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
–  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature and Selected Essays



About the author

Steve McCurry has been a one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

Born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; McCurry studied film at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a local newspaper. After several years of freelance work, McCurry made his first of what would become many trips to India. Traveling with little more than a bag of clothes and another of film, he made his way across the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera.

It was after several months of travel that he found himself crossing the border into Pakistan. There, he met a group of refugees from Afghanistan, who smuggled him across the border into their country, just as the Russian Invasion was closing the country to all western journalists. Emerging in traditional dress, with full beard and weather-worn features after weeks embedded with the Mujahideen, McCurry brought the world the first images of the conflict in Afghanistan, putting a human face to the issue on every masthead.

Since then, McCurry has gone on to create stunning images over six continents and countless countries. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike - yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of the Afghan Girl such a powerful image.

McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest, to name a few.