Santorini, Greece sunset

An Ode to the Sun

Photo Essay

One of the downsides to living in Alaska, even though we technically have 24 hours of sunlight in the summer, is that we often get weeks of rain and don’t see the sun. It is depressing when it is 49 degrees outside in July with pouring rain and friends back home are blowing up Facebook with photos of swimsuits, pool parties, and backyard barbecues. (Of course, when it is sunny and 70 degrees in summer there is no better place to be on Earth.)

In an effort to appease the Sun God as we enter the rainy season, below is a photo essay of pictures I’ve taken of the sun around the world. Perhaps the sun will see my tribute and bless me with a daily appearance.

Photos of the Sun from Around the World

Venice Sunrise

Venice, Italy

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Taj Mahal sunrise

Agra, India

Santorini, Greece sunset

Santorini, Greece

Meteora Greece

Meteora, Greece

Gili Air and Mt Rinjani

Gili Air, Indonesia

Istanbul sunset galata bridge

Istanbul, Turkey

Cappadocia hoodoo and sun

Cappadocia, Turkey

Hania, Greece

Hania, Greece

Borobudor Indonesia Temple Sunrise

Borobudor Temple, Indonesia

Weatherford Oklahoma sunset

Weatherford, Oklahoma

Gustavus Alaska sunset

Gustavus, Alaska

Pantai Bira, Indonesia

Pantai Bira, Indonesia

Glacier Bay Sunset with flowers

Glacier Bay, Alaska

Gloss Mountains sunset

Gloss Mountains, Oklahoma

La Cumbre Christ Statue

La Cumbre, Argentina

Wichita Mountains sunset

Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma

Islamorada, Florida

Islamorada, Florida

Ko lanta sunset

Ko Lanta, Thailand


Okay, sun, there is my offering. Please come out soon.

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32 thoughts on “An Ode to the Sun”

  1. Kat says:

    Such beautiful photos, Jeff…I hope you get some sun especially this coming weekend 😉

  2. What a beautiful set of photos Jeff. Surely they will encourage the sun Gods to shine upon your corner of the world!

  3. Pretty pictures. Almost make me forget about the heat index! Here in East Texas, I will trade you some 105 degree heat and a month of no rain for your 49 degrees monsoon season.

  4. What a beautiful collection. You’ve obviously lived in the moment when you had the sun. Is it sunnier in the winter in Alaska?

    • It can be sunnier in the winter, but not really. The dry season in Southeast Alaska is May and June. We had a great May/June, but the rain is settling in now.

  5. If National Geographic hasn’t called yet they will be. You know I am a big fan Jeff but these truly are some of your very best. Wowza!

    • Thanks Sue. The sun has a way of making photos very dramatic. Putting this together I realized how blessed I am to have photos from such varied places.

      • Although my photos are nothing like yours, they do inspire gratitude at all of the places we have visited.

  6. Adventures in Kevin's World says:

    I still say your Meteora photo is your best ever.

  7. that traveling nurse says:

    The Sun always makes me happy. Actually hubby thinks I have “Seasonal Affective Disorder” as when it rains I get grumpy and moody. Duh. Love your sun photos. Don’t worry, the sun will come out tomorrow…. 😉

  8. Stunning photos – every single one!

    Are you not on Instagram? All the cool kids are doing it:)

  9. These are all …well, freakishly good, but this morning I was more in the mood for the moon. Someone said they liked Meteora best, and yeah, for full-bore-epic effect, it would be hard to beat. But that first one of Venice somehow appeals to the inner oarsman in me.
    You don’t own a cell phone? That’s funny because only two months ago, I bought my first smartphone. And a couple of my students helped me get on Instagram. I have like four photos on there.

    • Thank you baddish. To say that I don’t own a cell phone is true, but only partly. For the last 11 years, I have had a work cell phone but I always turn it in during my winter break. My wife has a cell phone that I use, but we don’t get cell reception here anyway. We have to drive 10 miles to use it. So, I guess that is another thing we have in common.

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