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03.27.17

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  • The Pfeiffer Beach Keyhole.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • One of many sea caves at Pfeiffer Beach.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Keyhole Rock at Pfeiffer Beach.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Waves churn as the sun rises over Thor's Well.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • A photographer perches precariously after the perfect sunrise shot of Thor's Well.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Venice Skate Park at Venice Beach.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Venice Beach.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Santa Monica Pier from Venice Beach.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Venice Beach at sunset.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Shoreline at Panther Beach at Coast Dairies State Park.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Sunrise on Panther Beach.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Sunset from Panther Beach at Coast Dairies State Park.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • View of the Na Pali Coast and sunset from Ke'e Beach.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Ke'e Beach.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Whaleshead Beach sunset.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • The tide coming in at Whaleshead Beach.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Typical Mendecino County sunset from Cooks Beach.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Sunset at El Matador State Beach.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Sunset at El Matador State Beach.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) at El Matador State Beach.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Sunset at El Matador State Beach.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Sunset at Cannon Beach.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • An incredible sunset at Roads End State Recreation Site.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Lands End Recreation Site.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Lands End Recreation Site.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Dramatic clouds during sunset at Island View Beach.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Looking into Canada from Fox Point at Sucia Island.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • A sunset from Fox Point at Sucia Island.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Grace Bay sunset.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Grace Bay sunset.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • As the sun sinks lower and its lingering rays turn redder, Horsetail Fall begins to look like a lava flow.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • The lights of Grand Junction starting to appear at sunset at Lands End Observatory.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Wildflowers and views at Lands End Observatory.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Sunset from Knapp's Castle.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Sunset....on Sunset Lake in Mesa Lakes Recreation Area.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Jumbo Lake.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • The setting sun over Cascade's summit in the Cascade Mountains.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Canine companion at Cucamonga Peak.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Enjoying the sunrise on Cucamonga Peak.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Photographers at Maroon Bells.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Sunrise from the gap after Tennent Mountain on the Art Loeb Trail.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Sunrise on Reflection Canyon.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • The sunset through Delicate Arch. Even in the offseason, you'll likely have to wade through a crowd of photographers and tripods to get this view!- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Delicate Arch sunset.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Sunrise from the Valley Drive near Elephant Butte in Monument Valley.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Sunrise at Monument Valley.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Sunset at the Green River Overlook a few miles from the False Kiva trailhead.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Bryce Canyon will explode in color at sunrise from Sunrise Point.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Southeast view while standing in North Window.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Colorful sunrises and Joshua trees at Alpine Butte Wildlife Sanctuary.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • Sunset view at Mocks Crest looking toward the St. Johns Bridge over Swan Island.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
  • The view from Hamilton Viewpoint Park will become extraordinary in the early or late hours of the day.- Finding the Perfect Sunrise and Sunset Spots
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“Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors,” Rainer Maria Rilke once wrote, "which it passes to a row of ancient trees. You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you, one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth.”

Sunrise and sunset have long inspired artists of all types and styles to interpret the prismatic cast of pastels over Rilke’s ancient trees, which could easily be exchanged for Monet’s Venice, or Theresa Bernard’s River Seine, or Matt Groening’s desert. The Maya honored the setting sun by building El Castillo, a pyramid whose steps cast the shadow of the serpent god Kukulkan at the spring and fall equinox, and prehistoric Britons traveled from all parts of the island to celebrate the changing seasons at Stonehenge.

These days, those colors are more likely to be captured by cameras than paintbrushes or stone monuments, and at the most iconic sunrise and sunset locations in the wild places of the world, photographers jockey with one another like newscasters for the best angle of the sun at the intersection of two worlds. Hues of gold and umber, of vermillion and ochre and auburn drape the landscape in otherworldly color that may last just seconds—and perhaps become the photographic capture of a lifetime. This vibrant display is a product of scattering light that bends and refracts from oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere.

But for all we know, there are few experiences that compare to the momentary lapse between night and day.

For this edition of the #52WeekAdventureChallenge, we bring you the best places to climb or sink in the heavens.

Beaches and the Ocean

Mountains

Deserts

Viewpoints

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We believe good things come from people spending time outside. We strive to provide inspiration and supporting information on incredible adventures to make it easy for you to get outdoors and explore new places. We understand that life is busy, but we strongly encourage you to make time for outdoor recreation on a weekly, if not daily, basis. To keep you inspired all year, we've put together a list of 52 geologic features and adventure themes. Check them out and join us in our #52AdventureChallenge!

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