“The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening.”
—Wallace Stevens, From his Journal, 1904/1966
Far away as the Sun is from Earth, without it there would likely be no life here. As it is, the Sun greets us in the morning when rising on the eastern horizon. It then seems to travel through the sky from East to West with every degree of Earth’s rotation around its own axis until the Sun sets and eventually disappears under the western horizon.
I shot Rising Sun early in the morning in Beijing when the hustle and bustle outside had woken me up earlier than planned. But had I slept longer, I would have missed this beautiful sight!