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Fishermen often prefer sunrise.
Fishermen often prefer sunrise.

Which is Better- Sunrise or Sunset?

Which is better- sunrise or sunset? We don't have a panel of experts to ask, so we'll have to make do with my reasoning- such as it is.

Some folks prefer sunrise. Sunrise signals the end of night, the end of darkness. Sunrise represents the beginning of an exciting new day. Sunrise happens at a time when many people are still sleeping. If you enjoy solitude, this is a good reason to enjoy the sunrise. For maximum sunrise enjoyment, it helps to be a morning person!

Other folks prefer sunset. It happens at a time which is more convenient for many people. You can easily share the beauty of a sunset with friends. Nightfall follows sunset. Nightfall is when lightning bugs come out, crickets start chirping, owls start hooting. I remember playing hide-and-seek at nightfall as a child. It was so much fun! Nightfall is such a magical time of day!

As you scroll through the photos, try and guess whether each is a sunrise, or a sunset!

Night falls on the Suwannee River.
Night falls on the Suwannee River.

All photographs taken in Florida by John Kumiski. All text and photos copyright john kumiski 2021. All rights reserved.

Sun rise over the Gulf of Mexico from St. George Island.
Sun rise over the Gulf of Mexico from St. George Island.
Sun set, Tarpon Lodge, Pine Island Sound.
Sun set, Tarpon Lodge, Pine Island Sound.
Sun rise, Gulf of Mexico, Everglades National Park.
Sun rise, Gulf of Mexico, Everglades National Park.
Sun set, Gulf of Mexico, near Steinhatchee.
Sun set, Gulf of Mexico, near Steinhatchee.
Sun set, Gulf of Mexico, near Steinhatchee.
Sun set, Gulf of Mexico, near Steinhatchee.
Sun rise, Mosquito Lagoon.
Sun rise, Mosquito Lagoon.
Sun rise, Mosquito Lagoon.
Sun rise, Mosquito Lagoon.
Sun rise over Gulf of Mexico, St. George Island.
Sun rise over Gulf of Mexico, St. George Island.
This a telephoto shot of the clouds in the photo above. Sunrise colors!
This a telephoto shot of the clouds in the photo above. Sunrise colors!
Sun set over the Indian River Lagoon.
Sun set over the Indian River Lagoon.
These folks were lucky enough to be paddling under the sunset in the photo above.
These folks were lucky enough to be paddling under the sunset in the photo above.

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Sun set, Gulf of Mexico, Everglades National Park.
Sun set, Gulf of Mexico, Everglades National Park.

So, which is better- sunrise or sunset? It's silly argument. They are both special. In a photograph, you can't tell which is which! So make it a point to enjoy one, or enjoy the other, or enjoy them both. Each is a great reason to celebrate, and each happens only once every day!

Sun rise,  Gulf of Mexico, Everglades National Park.
Sun rise, Gulf of Mexico, Everglades National Park.
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