Sunrise over Kohala Mountain

Sunrise over the Kohala mountains

This week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme is ‘Signs of Autumn.’ See more responses here.

We’re a little short on autumnal changes here. I tend to mark seasonal changes in terms of wildlife, such as the return of humpback whales in winter. For autumn, the return of Pacific golden plovers from their summer breeding grounds in Alaska is probably the most notable.

Outside of wildlife, the shortening of the days does register here. It’s not as dramatic as when I lived in Washington State, with summer sunsets around 9 p.m. and winter darkness setting in a little after 4 p.m.. In Hawaii, the equivalent times are 7 p.m. and 6 p.m., not such a big difference.

But it does make a difference for my morning commute, and autumn signals the time when I usually leave home when it’s mostly dark and arrive at work when it’s mostly light. I also try and give myself a little extra commuting time so I can pull over and take photographs when the sunrise merits it, such as this streaky red sunrise over Kohala mountain.

7 thoughts on “Sunrise over Kohala Mountain

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  2. Terri Webster Schrandt

    I know Autumn changes aren’t dramatic but your sunrise shot is colorful and I feel that Fall is in the air just by looking at the image, Graham. The sunrise and sunset times are a sure bet Fall is here. I always appreciated Hawaii’s consistent sunrise and sunset times. I should have allowed more time Friday morning when I had to leave the house at 6:30am for an appointment. The mist on the lake was amazing, but didn’t have time to stop! Good idea!

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