Wednesday 18th May 2022

Sunrise AND Sunset. #SundayStills. 75/2021.

Sunrise AND Sunset. #SundayStills. 75/2021.

Terri here has now  moved into her new abode and I will share this post soon as ‘my’ Sunday becomes Monday here. Terri is in the northern hemisphere. I do enjoy sharing and am happy to wait till Monday.

I got a bit cheeky with this photo prompt and have made it about Sunrise AND Sunset.

Into my memory bank I go for these images.


I have deliberately not included the post from my morning seeing dawn arrive and then the sun rise over the ocean on A.N.Z.A.C. Day because it’s already here. It was, as sunrise is for me, a magical experiences.


No sun, yet, as first swimmers enter the water at Manly Beach Winter 2014



A few more gather: “the Bold and the Beautiful” sunrise swimmers…..this group of men and women, swim around to Shelley Beach and back. If you have read Julia Baird’s book Phosphorescence, this is her group…and some others I know.



What I was waiting for….


There is a story to this photo. I got in the shot (not realising) of a professional photographer. He forgave me. We are now Instagram friends. @robmulally


My shadow. After the sunrise. Published before, but I love the memory. July 2014 at Manly. Manly is part of the area where I lived 1959-1970 so it will always feel like home.


And then the sun set…here on the Central Coast about three years after these shots above.


At The Lake at North Entrance.

And gone…bye bye sun…and it was the last day of the year too.


On another occasion, after the sun set, the gorgeous pink remains. Over the water at Wallarah Creek Bridge.


I still feel a thrill when I get to witness the sun’s arrival and departure.

It connects me with the world at large too.

Do you have a preference?

Sunrise or Sunset?




  1. You have captured the incredible essence of sunrises and sunsets, Denyse, even if you unknowingly got in the way of another photographer! Most of mine posted today were memories of a time gone by…but we will always have those memories…and those sunrises/sets!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thank you so much Terri. I am glad you too see and understand the very powerful experiences as sunrise and a sunset can be. I was in awe last A.N.Z.A.C. Day watching the first golden glow appear behind the clouds, heralding what was next.

      The photographer and me…so funny in retrospect. I was looking at the BIG picture, the clouds and emerging sun, and he (before I saw him) was way down low, capturing a seagull…and it was my shadow that got in shot….it was a great way to meet him…LOL.

      I look forward to catch up with yours and others soon.


  2. I love the story about you getting into the shot of a professional photographer and now you’re friends on Insta! That’s something I would do
    A lovely collection of sunrises and sunset Denyse and just perfect for Sunday Stills this week.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      I am smiling as I read this from you Deb. Yes, take an opportunity and make it into a friendship!!

      Not that long ago I was having an issue relating to IG and thought, I can tag Rob about this and he was right back to me and reassuring. His work is amazing too!

      Thanks so much for your kind words and support.


  3. Beautiful pics Denyse! I’m a sucker for a good sunrise or sunset. I still remember the Long Jetty sunsets fondly

    • Thank you, Sanch.

      I could never get over there at the right time for sunset. But I sure have seen some wonderful images on line.

      I am promising myself another Soldiers Beach sunrise soon!

      Your new place gets sunrise in spades!


  4. Oh, Denyse, these are all so lovely. I think I prefer sunrise but think that our west Texas sunsets are more spectacular.

    I have begun the ICAD project but don’t feel very confident about my creations. Yours are just amazing. Love how you have shared them on the side bar of your blog. Will have a closer look for inspiration.

    • Thank you so much Leslie for your kind words.

      I wouldn’t know how to pick between sunrise and sunsets if I lived where you do either!

      ICAD takes a bit of getting used to. I was not confident at all when I began back in 2013. However, the group back then was much smaller and I felt a connection more.

      These days, Tammy has people pay a small fee to be part of the facebook group where people get to see others’ creations and comment too. She often adds some ideas and inspiration. I learned over the years not to make mine “like anyone elses” because I couldn’t anyway so I let my creative mind play with the cards using the materials I have. Please don’t be discouraged…keep on keeping on! Thanks too, for noticing my background papers. Only took me 9 years of having the blog to know I could change these!!


  5. Stunning photos Denyse.