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The Magic of a Sunset

The story behind the beauty of sunrise and sunset

Anne Bonfert
7 min readJul 14, 2020


Scrolling through my folders of pictures I stumble upon them over and over again. Sunsets. Sunsets are fascinating. Sunsets inspire us. Sunsets are the peaceful time of the day. Sunsets are magic!

“Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.” — Rabindranath Tagore

The twilight

This time of the day is somehow special to us humans. It’s romantic. It’s beautiful. It’s attractive. Movies and books are written in and about twilight.

Because it sells.

The magic of the dusk and dawn sells to the audience. The magic of the colors of the sky during these times is just not to be overlooked. Because they are never the same.

Not one sunset is the same as the previous one. Every single sunrise is different from the previous one. They are all special. Every single one of them.

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Sunrises for the early birds

Sunrises are sometimes overlooked. Because not everyone gets to experience them. You either have to party all night long in order to see a sunrise. Or you have to wake up really early. Depending on where in the world you live and what season it is.

They are never at the same time. Sunrises move slowly from minute to minute. Backward or forwards into the day.

Sunrise is actually a very important time of the day in the world of the animals. Before it gets too hot. Before it gets too busy out there. That is when the animals are out and about. Grazing. Hunting. Playing.

I loved lying on my mattress, covered in a warm sleeping bag, watching the sunrise over the beautiful African horizon. I started waking up during sunrise. Because it gets light. And my body started working with the sun. Not having a watch brought me to the point where I started feeling the days more intense. And I live them with the sun.



Anne Bonfert
Live Your Life On Purpose

I am a traveler. Photographer. Writer. Teacher. Skydiving instructor. Adventure enthusiast. Nature lover. And fell in love with the African continent.