December challenge: watch the sun rise and set (and write about it)
Last January I cycled from Bath to Ware over the course of two days, days in which I saw the whole day from sunrise to sunset and every moment in between. It was quite an experience, to be conscious of the slow shift of the earth, and feel wild nature do its thing. It’s very poetic to set off before dawn each day and watch the sun burst free of the horizon, then sink once more to plunge the earth into darkness.
My challenge to you this month is to watch the sun both rise and set. It should be easy in December as the days are short enough for sunrise and sunset to occur during ordinary waking hours, but the challenge involves not simply being awake, but consciously watching. If there’s somewhere high you can go to get a good view, so much the better. The second part of the challenge is to write about it. It doesn’t have to be long, just a few words to describe that moment. Post your effort as a comment below or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Briefly, here is what I wrote last year:
The dawn begins its slow burn, a blooming of orange radiating from the eastern horizon, with the colours dissolving into the rapidly lightening sky. The sun wrestles itself free of the horizon to look me in the eye.
By nightfall I am still riding, the sunset having long since stained the horizon. In the sky are a thousand other suns, some fiercely shining, some so faint they appear as dust.
The full blog is here: Slow Ride Home