Not being a particularly early riser, I'm certain that there are many occasions when the Algarve sunrise is as spectacular as the Algarve sunset. I just don't see many of them.
From what I have experienced watching the Sol Nascente, it doesn't last long. So when I recently caught an early morning glimpse of spectacular promise of a glorious day, I grabbed my camera and rushed onto the deck to try to capture the emotion as an image. The colours of dawn were already receding when I got into a position to snap the skyline, and although the colourful vista was on the wane, I was still pleased to be able to capture some of nature's splendour.
Putting it into perspective, I was witnessing the birth of an almost new season, a new month, warmer weather, lighter evenings - all successfully conspiring to drive away the lethargy of the past few months.
It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me, and as Nina Simone would so eloquently say on my behalf, "I'm feeling good".