Whichever part of the world I travel to, I love to get up at the crack of dawn to welcome the day and watch God's tapestries in the early morning sky, as he paints it in different hues of orange, yellow and red. I have never tired of this daily wonder. In addition to the visual feast, coming from tropical Malaysia, my temperature sensors get a special treat when I visit cold countries – the temperatures at dawn will often leave me shivering (in spite of the layers of clothing I will be wearing) especially if the wind is blowing; then the rising sun will gradually warm me up, a sensation I always love – the Yin and Yang of the day. And at the end of the day, I will bade the day farewell and enjoy the equally beautiful colours of the sunset.
During our recent trip to Queensland, many opportunities availed themselves to enable us to enjoy glorious sunrises and sunset. We enjoyed these visual treats in Maleny, Mt Gravatt and Mt Coot-tha in Brisbane.
Mount Gravatt lookout is just around the corner literally from where our son Arun lives. We planned to walk up the hill but after a day of shopping we were exhausted, so we drove up in time to catch the sunset. I was put to shame as I saw many people cycling up, and being a cyclist myself I know that it is no easy task. It had been raining intermittently but the skies cleared and we had beautiful views if the city and the changing colours of the heavens, as the sun set, were enthralling – certainly, a sight not to be missed when visiting Brisbane. As a bonus, once the sun set, we had a view of a beautiful moon and I got a photograph of the moon framed by clouds and the multi-coloured branches of a tree – absolutely divine.
Two days later, we got up at 4 in the morning and drove to Mt Coot – tha, to catch the sunrise. It was cold and a breeze was blowing. Some early birds were already there of whom some were obviously avid photographers – they had set up their tripod stands and propped up expensive looking camera equipment. Next, to these professionals, I felt embarrassed with my puny Panasonic camera. The smell of hot coffee, brought by fellow sun lovers, made me hungry. Even before we saw the sun, the reflection of the early morning rays in the clouds was breath-taking and provided many photo opportunities. The sun soon rose and I was happy with the many pictures I got. The view of the city below in the dawn light was also beautiful.
I have already written about our visit to Maleny at the beginning of our holiday. From the balcony of Dallington view resort, where we stayed, there were beautiful views of the valley below – the picture of sloping, grass covered hills, trees, tops of clouds and the coast in the distance was simply gorgeous. On our first morning, dark clouds hampered the colours of sunrise but as the rays of the sun attempted to break through the clouds I captured a beautiful picture of two doves as they flew past my camera, with the dark sky as a background. Perhaps the best photograph I took in Maleny is that of the Glass Mountains bathed in the colours of the setting sun, taken from One Tree Hill.