Dawn is such a photogenic time! And one which I didn’t used to see very often, certainly of my own volition. That is, until the rhythm of life changed with my move to the tropics, where its the most beautiful time – cool, bright, and filled with the comforting sounds of the world slowly embracing the day.
I have a “Dawn Series” I thought you might enjoy – all shot here in Sri Lanka, in my favourite part of the island: the Knuckles ranges.
My friend Mo and I kept seeing these Knuckles mountains, in the distance, on our jaunts around various places in the central part of the island. After hunting around on the internet, we eventually came across a place to stay, and set off one weekend to get a close-up of these characteristically shaped mountains. We were a little late arriving – we’d been waylaid, watching an elephant loading logs onto a truck.
The wind – a howling, tenacious, tearing wind – was really all we registered when we arrived, in the dark – the wind and the rather grim and charmless features of our accommodation. When I awoke, there was a quality to the light that almost hushed the gale outside. I opened the door to investigate, and this is what I saw:
Awestruck, at first, then propelled like an automaton, I dashed inside and scrabbled in the gloom looking for my camera, all the while importuning Mo to motivate herself out from beneath her snuggling doona, to “come and see”.
We loitered there, on that narrow ledge above the yawning valleys below, mesmerised by nature’s own sound and light show, as finally, the sun thrust its mighty burnished head above the mountains down below.
Well on its way to becoming a ‘favourite place on earth’ long before breakfast, or stepping off that narrow ledge to explore the mountains themselves, now when the craggy Knuckles call, we set forth with joy and anticipation to Barking Deer Lodge, if only to watch the sun rise in the morning. Sometimes it’s all grey and misty, shot with pinks and mauves
Sometimes, it’s copper and brown with the dust of summers on the plains.
And sometimes, perched on the edge of the world, it seems we’re sandwiched between the heavy water-laden clouds and the inky black mountains.
There was only one morning the sun failed to make an appearance. Buried beneath the clouds of a massive storm system, it failed to arrive all day, the rain whited out the valley, obscured the lakes, but up through the pass, waterfalls were sending ribbons of silver crashing down the jagged rocky peaks – but that’s another story.
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the most awesome sunrise ever!!!! such a pleasure to see your series of photos of different dawn skies, absolutely beautiful ….. perhaps a visit in your direction coming up next year 🙂
It’s a stunningly beautiful country, Christine. Glad you liked our Knuckles sunrises – I think they’re pretty special and wonder whether it’s because it all happens below us?
when i trained as an orthoptist in the 60’s there was a sri lankan girl amongst us (6) she was really lovely, although now i cant remember her name ….
What a shame. It would be super to have someone you knew if you were to visit.
A fitting “favourite place on earth’, these photos are fan-bloody-tastic and I’m glad you and Mo hunted the opportunity to go there.
Those jagged ‘knuckles’ kept cropping up on the horizon, for years and nobody seemed to know much about them, or be much interested in exploring them with us, so it was indeed fortunate that we were researching ‘un-touristy’ things to do in preparation for some friends visiting that spurred us to eventually trawl the net. And the place we stayed – really! But it never bothers us any more – the view, and the sunrises make it 6 Stars in our book!
So glad they stunned you a bit, Ella!
These are gorgeous 🙂 Especially the last one in the post 🙂 You are lucky, lady!
Oh, yea, I’m the luckiest lady on earth, I think. Well I know that’s a stretch, but on the other hand, anyone who is lucky enough to do what they want to be doing, has to be among the blessed and I thank my lucky stars each day for that blessing!
The last one is my favourite too. I selected it for the Featured Image, but that doesn’t seem to have worked:( So glad you liked them.
I wish I could help you with featured image :S. Of course I like them, I will be back for more 🙂
They work fine if they’re the first image in the post, but that doesn’t always suit me:(
That’s great … see you around!
First time I’ve ever head of, or seen, the Knuckles. Thank you, fabulous shots and views.
They’re not famous, even here, but as you can see, they’re pretty interesting, visually, and for people who like rocks and seeing how the world folds, it’s a marvellous region.
So glad you liked the shots too:)
I’m afraid my first response was an awed expletive – but just – oh *expletive* – so – well – sublime!! In the dynamic sense, of course. more than beautful. The combination of mountain, changing light, sky structured by clouds – sigh.
oh expletive sounds about right as my first reaction too, that morning …
Yes, this is a place just made for dawn worshipers. Glad you had a look before going back to work!
I love the first photo! 🙂
It’s a bit of a show stopper, isn’t it? Especially with the jagged line of knuckles … Thanks for coming to comment:)
Very good morning, The pink shade photo is just amazing.
Yes, those foggy misty mornings are wonderful. I’m glad you like the more subtle pinks and greys, because they’re beautiful and soft, aren’t they?
Yes for sure They all are wonderful but my choice willl be subtle one,
I guess we have enough of the vivid, splashy colours in our everyday lives, and it’s the subtle tones that are exotic for us?
For me always but sometimes life can bright one also.
Ain’t life grand when we can pick and choose! 🙂
All of them are gorgeous and lovely. 🙂
It was a bit difficult to chose which shots to show you, so, I’m glad you liked them (all):)
Spectacular dawn shots! Especially the first I can see why this is your favourite place on earth!
It always makes me glad to be alive! Thanks, Madhu:)
amazing beauty you captured here. We love on such a bountiful planet, filled with colour and lushness.
Its places like this that the bounty of our planet is so evident! Thanks for dropping by to comment:)
So beautiful and restful.
These are absolutely INCREDIBLE!!!! Wow, I’m breathless and so inspired. I only dream of capturing pictures like these. They blow me away!
I’m chuffed dear Nicole. but if you were to see dawns like these your pictures would be breathtaking:)
It is an incredible sight, to watch the sun rise from a position higher than the horizon.
awestruck is the perfect sentiment!
I love them all but the greys and hints of pink
say”wrap in a blanket sit with a cup of coffee on the porch
to just absorb the majesty of the moment!”
I am teaching myself watercolors and I dream of having that effect….
I shall enjoy your wandering, and yes I am sure we will meet in the faerie realm of kindness
Thank you for sharing….absolutly breathtaking photos
Ah, a watercolorist! Yes, I can see you would relate to those muted, watery rosy lilacy greys. It was extraordinary, that morning and yes, we sat, tea warming fingers, as each imperceptible whisp of colour began to colour the world below us. So silent, too, all sound muted by the fog. Magic:)
I scrolled from one picture to the next with an “ohhhh” slowly coming from my lips at the beauty. Incredible!
Incredible, yes. Glorious world of ours … So glad you liked them Angeline:)
Oh my. Oh my. Speechless beauty.
I thought you’d like a Knuckles Sunrise! Thank you Lynne:)
The colours are absolutely breathtaking!
So, are you for the vivid, exotic colours, or the muted, subtle grey/pink tones?
I actually like both because either way the colours are vivid and vibrant.
I suppose you’re right – the greys are quite stark and vivid in contrast to the dark mountains:)
Your photos are fantastically gorgeous!
I miss out on dawn a lot, too, but those rare dawns I have witnessed have been magical.
A lovely post.
Thanks Robin! I’ve become quite a fan since I moved here – I wonder whether the habit will continue when I go back home? Will be interesting to see … Thanks for your kind words about the photos:)
I’m such a night owl, I miss out on dawn! That’s a habit I’m trying to change–and your photos are encouraging me to do so. 🙂
It helps when it’s warm/hot, Robin. I hope I continue the habit when I’m no longer living in my tropical paradise!
Well, enjoy it while you can, my dear!
Yes! It won’t last forever:)
These are stunning photos! I really like the story frame, too.
Thanks, Naomi. I couldn’t just put up the pictures without telling the story!
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Absolutely breathtaking. Wow.
Thanks for that – Knuckles sunrises sure are Wow!, I think:)
What glorious photographs! What a heavenly place. I want to go to Barking Deer Lodge right now! I love mountains and it is one of the reasons why I love Jamaica – you can always see them on the horizon, whether near or a little further off. Knuckles – they do look like knuckles! This is quite wonderful and makes me want to jump off my island and visit yours! Thanks.
Ha ha! I’ll bet your mountainous island has many wonderful places to see the sun rise too. But I’m glad I inspired a little spark of comparison! Thank you:)
Well, yes – different I guess. But you are right – in tropical climes, dawn is the BEST time of day!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Virginia. Yes, they were sunrises to remember alright!
Those are amazing photos of a spectacular place. The colors and texture of the clouds are almost unreal. Beautiful!
Thanks JM. It’s the clouds that catch the colour, isn’t it? So glad you liked them:)
These photos are amazing! Absolutely love them. Them colors are so dramatic–I love that orange. We only see that at sunset around here (East coast USA)
Really? How interesting. I must say that down at the seaside, sunrise tends to be more pink than orange. I wonder whether standing above the sun makes a difference?
Oh my word…these colours leave me speechless. ALOMST…WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aiyo Jo! Big smile – it’s wonderful when people respond with heartfelt emotion to something you’ve tried to capture. As I said, I’ve only once not had a wow! sunrise at the Knuckles:)
Thank you. Yes, spectacular they sure were:)
Oh wow! Fabulous pictures!
Thanks Tilly – they were certainly wow! mornings, not your everyday occurrence, even in Paradise!
Love those photos, and the texture of the clouds is just amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂
You’re right. It’s the texture of the clouds that creates the colour and drama!
Thanks Shabnam. Not gentle, that’s for sure:)
Wow stunning photos, maybe I should get up and go outside with the morning coffee!
That’s a plan!:)
“The knuckes” what a brilliant name for a mountain range! … and the first photos of the sunrise .. photos 3,4 &5 kind of look like the sky is upside down LOL (if you look at the photo upside down it resembles what you see when looking out of an aircraft window when cruising at high altitude)
There is a sense of peace and tranquillity about this place and the views here… beautiful!
You’re right, a bit like looking down on the clouds. It’s an extraordinary place, and we marvel at the beauty, every time.
These are simply stunning, Wanderlust. Capturing the dawn really faithfully is such an ethereal task, the dawn can slip through your fingers. But you’ve done it justice, and some.
Kate, thank you. Those Knuckles sunrises almost took the shots themselves. All I needed to do was keep my eyes open and press the shutter every few minutes. That was the hard part – like remembering to breathe, I had to remember to click the shutter!
Lovely light, great setting! I’m so glad you shared! =)
Thanks! You’d have enjoyed it too!
Thanks! Wasn’t hard to take fairly good pix of that view:)
Wow, wow,wow!! This was certainly worth rising early for. 😉 Great entry.
It sure was, is, worth rising early for, every time!
How fantastic! Those sunrises are Spectacular, Spectacular!!
I’m almost always missing out on sunrises… *sigh*, I just can’t quite make myself be an early bird!
It’s a new thing for me to make the dawn, and if I’m honest, I think it’s a product of ageing (needing less sleep!). But getting up early certainly paid huge dividends that morning. We’d never have known, otherwise and would have missed one of the most fantastic experiences.
I suspect I am missing out on quite a bit being a late-sleeper. I imagine, like sunsets, a sunrise is never quite the same as the one before, or the one after.
Yes, the cold and damp of the early morning:) No, seriously, you’re right that sunrises are all different – but, even more than sunsets, there’s a progression of light infiltrating the sleeping world, creeping with increasingly bold fingers into every crack and crevice, changing in quality until well into the morning – something that we’re blind to at the end of the day.
Such beautiful photos!
That’s some compliment, coming from you! 🙂
Thank you. They were thrilling skies!
The sunrise is stunning – definitely worth waking up for. Absolutely gorgeous!
It was a fluke I woke. Well, what I mean to say is that I normally wouldn’t have been awake except for my new-found habit! Seeing that was certainly a wonderful way to start the day:).
Lovely colours… the one looks like a reflection of the sun on water, but it is clouds. The last one with the pinks and purples is amazing.
That last one was amazing. I was amazed when I saw we had any colour that morning – it had been raining all night, and not long afterwards it started up again – you can see how heavy and black the clouds are!
I think that may have added to your luck to see all the colour. I read somewhere colour comes from the moisture and dust in the air, since the sun reflects on it. I was disappointed in Cuba with bland sunrise/sunset colours and when I read that I thought makes more sense… less pollution and things in the air 😉 Regardless they are lovely and how great you captured it!
Thank you dear CTB:)
Caught up on work so heading to see that photography exhibit tomorrow! YEA! I’ll let you know how it is.
Fab!!! That you’ve caught up at last, and you’re getting out and about this weekend. I’ll be most interested to hear your report on the exhibition:)
Will do! Well caught up short term and free this weekend as the reports are off to a supervisor for review, so next weekend it may be final edits before printing 😦 All the other busy stuff can’t be done as I need the kids and I don’t think they want to do weekends 😉 Always something to do so I thought I better take advantage of the free time while I can!
You must always make the time – otherwise, what’s the point! Enjoy the weekend:)
I have to tell you something … Even if I didn’t know you were Canadian, I would suspect it. Our conversations remind me of saying goodnight to friends when I lived there – always just one more thing to say:) Love it!
LOL… I am a chatter box 😉 Hee Hee
Good Night John Boy
Who’s John Boy? Did you have an exciting time out and about on Saturday?
Sorry it is from the old show the Waltons… they always ended with “Good Night John boy”. Yesterday we got dropped off on a street and thought we were in the wrong place. Very “Chinese” area and poor neighbourhood. The address was right, so we left our taxi and looked around. We were up for the adventure. It was set down an alley and if you didn’t see the small sign we would have missed it. Nice place and we saw a few other artists. I will blog on it in another post. Thanks for suggesting it. It was small, but we had a nice time and saw some very cool art.
I’m so pleased that it was a unique experience. Don’t forget to link your post, when you do it, to our friend’s site, so he can see – he was so disappointed not to be able to see them there in situ.
PS Old TV, most TV really, not part of my memory banks! Thanks for explaining.
Sorry… about that.
Can you send me the link to your friend’s post (I only have the gallery web site). I will do a post about it in a week or two. I have a list of ideas to post on, so many ideas lately! I have also been compiling to carry me through the boring days back in Canada this summer;)
It’s our ‘friend’ the Canadian Art Junkie! There, I found it: http://theartjunkie.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/alain-delorme-manipulated-totems/
Looking forward to all the bits and pieces of Shanghai you have saved for us while you’re in less exotic climes over the summer (which of course, could be considered exotic by those of us who live in a different world!).
Last year I also worried about nothing interesting to write about when we saw a man dressed in a spandex blue suit driving his bike! He was ALL blue and you couldn’t see his face. Not sure if he was on a dare, afraid of the sun or some sort of stalker! It was funny and my friend laughed and said no matter where I go the advetures follow me 😉 Thanks for the link I will check it out and send along the info.
Blue spandex, eh? Wonderful!
Dear WLG, Sunrises have the most amazing palette, these are just superb. Love the descriptive naming of the range and their repeating silhouette. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for dropping by Nature, and for your comments. Glad you liked our Knuckles!
These images are breathtakingly beautiful and somewhat surreal. You are so fortunate to have captured such magical natural artwork with your camera, your eyes and your heart.
Fortunate for my life, Michelle.
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Thanks for another first class post, Wanderlust Gene! Words and photos, all wonderful! Congratulations!
That’s so kind of you Margaret – I appreciate your dropping by and the encouragement:)
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