Because I and my friends were going to celebrate the New Year away from our family and loved ones, we decided to do it differently and that was to chase the sun - the last sunset of 2014 and first sunrise of 2015.
For the last sunset of 2014, we went to Jogashima Island, a small island in Kanagawa prefecture facing the Pacific Ocean. The last sunset was particularly glorious and at the same time exuded a calming feeling. A perfect time to reflect on the year that was. We managed to stay on the island despite until the last glimpse of the sun disappeared. Activity like this confirmed that we are indeed photo enthusiasts. Crazy photo enthusiasts. Check their sites too (Alaine, Noli, Kate)
And because of that spectacular sunset, we were pretty amped and hoped for a wonderful sunrise too. We were like kids enjoying the moment. We left the island around 1800H and went to Yokohama area for a quick dinner, waited for the year-end countdown and had karaoke afterwards.
Me, taken by Alaine
colored or hueless
memories of the past year
a new calendar
(New Year haiku for Poetry Pantry 233)
Two hours before sunrise, we became zombies, trying to open our eyes so as not to miss the first sunrise of 2015. The temperature of -2 deg C was not helping either. We were frozen zombies. And the funniest part was that the sun did not show up. A big dark cloud took over the spot of the eager sun. Disappointed zombies.
Well, no one can control Mother Nature. Just like in life, some things are beyond our control. No matter what, continue chasing. Be it a dream or whatever.
Happy New Year Everyone!
I'm smiling. To be so free!ReplyDelete
That's a great way to celebrate your New Year Susan! :-)Delete
I like the way that both your poem and your set of photos show the ending of one year and the beginning of the other. You did indeed experience a wonderful sunset on the last day of the year. And though the sunrise did not provide exactly what you had hoped, you did indeed make good use of that dark cloud in your photo!ReplyDelete
I was so disappointed I almost punched the bridge haha. Kidding. It was fun specially doing it with friends.Delete
What a great way to bid goodbye to the closing year and then welcome the new one. The pictures are stunning, thank you for sharing them. Indeed let us continue the chase as the new calendar unfolds!ReplyDelete
Yes - chasing our dreams or whatever will always be a part of us.Delete
And, happy New Year, Totomai! Smiles.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year Mary :-)Delete
Spectacular photos, I admire your passion for your photography ~ Happy New Year to you & wishing you all the best kababayan ~ReplyDelete
Same to you Kabayan - all the best this 2015Delete
What passion.. Capturing sunsets and sunrise like that.. Living in the far north capturing the first sunrise would not make you a zombie (but maybe frozen)ReplyDelete
But I am looking forward to experience the northern lights... if I given the chance... Thanks BjornDelete
this is sooooooooooooooooooo interestingReplyDelete
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Thanks Gillena :-)Delete
What SPECTACULAR photos....I think after a glorious sunset like that, the sky was tired, drew the heavy cloud over itself and went back to sleep. I especially love the purple hues in the water in your last sunset shot.ReplyDelete
I guess so Sherry. I think I have demanded more than enough from the sun hahaDelete
Beautiful photos and prose ~ a lovely post. Happy New Year! :)ReplyDelete
Happy New Year Loredana!Delete
What a wonderful way to celebrate the New Year!ReplyDelete
It was Donna.Delete
What a great idea! I love the enthusiasm and the way you captured the truth of life....that sometimes we chase something and find immense beauty and other times the chase comes up a little disappointing for us....but either way.....we keep chasing.ReplyDelete
Never Stop chasing CC :-)Delete
Hahaha did you really catch it?ReplyDelete
Yes. Both but disappointed with the sunrise lolDelete
Stunning pics; Happy New Year !ReplyDelete
Happy New Year RallDelete
Beautiful as ever Totomai - wishing a very happy new year also :)ReplyDelete
Wishing you a great year ahead JaeDelete
Great pictures, very nice set. Wonderful poem too.ReplyDelete
great idea, chasing the sun. :)ReplyDelete
great photos all. i really loved the sunrise photo. the windmill and chimneys contrast nicely with the sunrise, with the dark clouds looming. top stuff!
oh yes, and have a great new year ahead!
but i wish the sun was there. haha. thanks dsnake. Happy New Year too.Delete
Haha, how spacious you were under the sky and sun! But it was a little reddish,didn't it? So I would assume some clouds and wind in the morning...Beautiful photos and poem! ~ happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Happy New Year Humbird. I should have went to other places for the sunrise hahaDelete
I'm so glad you're a crazy photo enthuziast. Your passion treats me to your talent. I love the photos, especially the last sunset one. It's funny how an art medium can teach us much about life. Expect the unexpected dark clouds.ReplyDelete
Very nice post! Happy New Year!
Happy New Year Myrna. Yeah - embrace the unexpected :-)Delete