Thursday, September 18, 2008

The rising and setting of the sun...and tintinnabulation

I saw the sun rising while I was tucked up in my bed this morning. I've only recently become an early riser so seeing the sun rise is still a novelty for me. An awesomely serene novelty.

I live on the top floor of my three-storey building and am lucky to have an unobstructed view to the hills on the horizon from my bedroom window. At this time of year, I can see Mother Nature's morning show without even getting out of bed (although I admit I don't see it as often now that it happens earlier than it did in winter!).

I left my blind up when I went to bed last night and woke up to a strip of orange along the horizon and then golden light flooding into my room. Seeing the dawn of a new day always makes me feel insignificant - a "speck of dust inside a giant's eye" - but also exhilarated.

The sunset tonight was beautiful too. There was heavy cloud cover when I left work, but as the sun sank below the cloud line, it lit up the western sky pinky-orange, which reflected onto the river as I walked beside it on my way home. I kept twisting back to look at it. (I took some photos, but they don't do it justice. Those are the best ones above and below.)

Word of the day's word of the day is tintinnabulation...a tinkling sound, as of bells. I love it when I'm looking up a word in the dictionary and inadvertently stumble across a funny or cool word, but sadly it doesn't happen much now that I mostly use online dictionaries. Word of the Day helps though.

Are you an early riser? How often do you see the sun rise? Do you still use a proper dictionary? Have you stumbled across any funny or cool words while looking up something else?


victoria said...

i subscribe to too hee hee!

Jim Gaudet said...

I am an early person. Especially here in Costa Rica.

Every morning the sun is out and beautiful. It is rain season so this goes away in the afternoon, but I can always rely on the morning being perfect.

~ Jim

The Infamous Mrs. BlueBalls said...

Those are wonderful pics. How i wish we were back in OZ.

Urban Panther said...

I am up by 5:30 am on workdays, but generally too groggy to pay attention to sunrises, and we don't have the wonderful view that you do! Left to my own devices on weekends I wake up between 7 and 8. My VERY BEST sunsets are on our boat. I have some pretty cool photos, but like you said they never seem to do justice to the real light show.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the lovely pics.I used to be able to watch the sun set from my little deck, but sadly a tree (loquat, more of a weed) has blocked the view,must get it trimmed this Summer !

Anonymous said...

Dr Dictionary also does a Spanish word of the day.

Glee Girl said...

@ Anonymous. Yes, get trimming!

And I wonder if you could learn Spanish for free using Dr Dictionary!?