I pulled on whatever clothes were around and made my way downstairs tip-toeing round the empty beer cans, party poppers and other remainders of last nights party. It looked cold, windy and grey outside but off I went to welcome the first sunrise of 2012- my commitment to this list had never been so tested. Luckily my Mum and Dad had been a little more sensible when it came to planning and had very kindly offered to come and pick me up to ensure I actually completed the task and could enjoy myself a little on new years eve. We had checked the times of the sunrise online a few times and I was quite shocked to learn that it was approximately 8:15am. It was starting to look quite bright outside already and I got nervous we were going to miss it. What people do not realise is that when it actually goes bright outside this is not sunrise, this is only dawn. To get a little scientific with you- dawn is the time that marks the beginning of the twilight before sunrise. It is recognised by the presence of weak sunlight, while the sun itself is still below the horizon. Dawn should not be confused with sunrise, which is the moment when the leading edge of the sun itself appears above the horizon.
So with my fake eyelashes still clinging on for dear life we made our way to out first spot which unfortunately ended up being hidden by tree's. With a little time we made our way to our second spot which was perfect..the same could not be said for the weather and it was too cloudy for the sunrise that day. As much as I was not happy with the early rise, hangover (and serious need for a bacon sandwich) I was really disappointed we had come all this way to not see it.
|Cutting a lonely figure on new years day|
|Really impressed with the second early morning|
However, I was pleasantly surprised when at approximately 8:17am we saw the smallest slither of sun poke up above the east. It was amazing how quickly it rose from the horizon and within a minute we could see the whole sun. It truly was breathtaking and I was so pleased I had made the effort to see something I had never seen before and doubt will ever see again...
I would recommend you all watch the sunrise at some point in your life as it was truly breathtaking.
Happy New Year to you all xx