30 Aug 2016
Here’s my fifth answer to the list of questions in Stephanie Fox’s Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge:
5. If you had to look at the same sunrise or the same sunset every day, where in the world would you never get bored of seeing? Please don’t say sitting outside Cafe Mambo in Ibiza.
Tough question. So many golden sunrises. Mindil Beach in Darwin was a highlight this year. The sun sets over Darwin Harbour and the viewpoint is so popular they have a nightly funfair: the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, a place of food, souvenirs, entertainment, and colour.
A desert sunset over the Breakaways north of Coober Pedy a few weeks ago. The incredible sight of the sun setting golden over the Golden Gate.
But I see the sunrise every day, just about. I work as an Uber driver in Canberra, and I wake before dawn to take other travellers to the airport, or the bus station, or simply home from a long night out. I always have my camera with me, and I’m often around Lake Burley Griffin as the sun comes up.
Not so much the sky as the setting. The grand national monuments, the mist rising off the Molongo River, often with a kayaker or (as above) a black swan. The hills in the background, sometimes a swathe of fog on the airport side.
In the evenings, I often climb Mount Ainslie, and the sunset will turn the lake’s western reaches amber and gold. Or set behind Black Mountain and its telecommunications tower. A frequent Instagram subject, but sometimes I lug a camera along with me.
There’s no place in the world I’d go just for the sunrises and sunsets – except maybe San Francisco – but I’m happy enough at home in Canberra, glorying in the swiftly changing light at these special times, seeing a familiar landscape turn fantastic for a few minutes.