Image for Rob Walls: Sunrise on New Year’s Day ...

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One of my assignments for the book, 1.1.2000 24 Hours in the Life of Australia 16 years ago, was to photograph the first rays of the sun reaching Australia at the summit of Mount Wellington, the very first point of contact for the sun with the national landmass. The road up was scheduled to be closed at midnight, so I spent a very cold and uncomfortable night sleeping in my truck only to wake to a total overcast. Total disappointment. Drove up there again at 5am this morning - New Year’s Day - and was rewarded with a fine sunrise. I think I’m going to make this my way of seeing in the New Year. I prefer nature’s fireworks. And so I wish all friends and family, the best of the season and a happy and prosperous New Year…