It was -2 Degrees Fahrenheit (-19 Celsius) when I took the picture of the rising sun below at Sugarcreek Metropark in wintry Montgomery County, Ohio, January of 2011. The ground was white with snow; for me it was a three sweat shirt day.
I like seeing the sun through the trees. The sunshine is welcomed by me. The shadows created by the sunshine give depth to the scene which is why I stopped to enjoy it. Photography as art is dependent on the contrasts between light and shadows to capture beauty.
The picture below was on the island of Maui in September, 2010. The temperature was 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius). Shorts and tee shirt were all that was needed. The white underfoot was sand. And you know what? The sun sets in Maui too – that’s what the photo shows. It’s not always sunny there. I enjoy a beautiful sunset wherever I am.
Hawaii. Always warm, right? Well, not quite. Hawaii boasts a variety of climates. Above is sunset at the beach, sea level. In the picture below, still on Maui, we climbed to the top of the volcano, Haleakala, 10,000 feet above sea level. Still Hawaii, sun was shining brightly. The temperature? A cold 35 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius)! I had 2 short sleeve shirts on – as much as I packed for Hawaii. The park ranger said I would freeze – but, hey, the temperature was above freezing. I was on vacation in Hawaii in September – some had winter coats on – yes in Hawaii, but they don’t usually show you those photos in travel brochures. We were way above the tree line, so no trees for the sun to shine through. We were above the cloud line too, so we are looking down on the clouds below. The photo goes to show that even on a cloudy day, that sun is still shining above. Even at this height, just like everywhere else on earth, nightfall came. The earth turned and the sun was lost from sight.
One more back in Dayton, Ohio. Temperature was about 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius). One sweatshirt was enough for me. It was November, 2010. One doesn’t even have to leave home to see true beauty in creation. The sun shines brightly across the earth for all to enjoy.
The pictures above were taken at different times of the year in very different locations on our planet. But the simple truth remains, the temperature on the sun’s surface was not at all changed by my location. Beauty was there to see, and even to capture in a photograph. And the sun shone brightly despite the change in latitude and longitude. God generously and freely distributes that sunshine across His creation for all to enjoy. Thanks be to God. Even on the foggiest of days, that distant sun remains unchanged by our weather – it is we who cannot see that truth. It doesn’t even have to be warm for us to see and enjoy the light of the sun. Below the sun is there, though the fog tempers our experience of it. This was in March of 2009. The scene now exists only in photographs and memories – construction (progress?) tore all the trees down in 2010.
I saw some great sunrises in Charleston, South Carolina as well. As the earth turned on its axis, the sun appeared to rise up right out of and over the Atlantic Ocean. It was another wonderful sunny scene. but the temperatures that December day in 2009 were about 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.5 degrees Celsius). And whether (or weather) they like to admit it or not those sunny southern locals wore winter coats and furry hats as they walked along the beach. I had my hooded sweatshirt on. The temperature may be an objective fact, how we experience it is completely subjective.
Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun. (Ecclesiastes 11:7)