Plain and Simple | Of sunrises and sunsets

I have seen sunsets and sunrises. Seeing them is never enough. We behold them because it allows us to wonder and appreciate its coming… and going.

Neil Michael de Asis, district supervisor of Panabo, loves to post his shots of nature. And one of his recent posts is that of a sunrise.

His sunrise shot got so many likes and received so many comments. It only shows the universality of our appreciation and love for nature. I am sure that Neil attributes this beautiful scene of nature to a God who creates beauty for us to appreciate and wonder.

Neil, a former student of San Pedro College, has made it his hobby to take photographs of people and places… and nature. One time he posted shots of hummingbirds in different colors… and flight. He has the eye for beauty. Neil is an artist.

One time Panabo invited me for a motivational talk on the miracles of commitment. While on a break, I had the chance to talk to Neil. He demurely accepted that he was a neophyte in the art of photography. He said he appreciates the works of Rene Lumawag and his keen eye for detail.

Neil struck me as more than a creative person. While he has his duties in the division of Panabo as a district supervisor, Neil takes time to spend serene times holding his camera to take a shot at some subjects he wants to freeze through eternity.

This did not surprise because even in my class, Neil spent time scribbling in his notes the many realities and discoveries of life… ordinary or not so ordinary.

Lately his post encapsulated the beauty and grandeur of a morning immortalized by his camera. Neil could even collect his pictures in a coffee table book DepEd will be most happy and proud to publish and keep.

Seldom can one find a real artist among its employees. Neil is an artist DepEd is proud of. His pieces of work are things people would really want to have in their homes.

And so he posted his sunrise photo. I did not tell him I love sunrise. I don’t know but sunrises give me so much hope. It always makes me start anew. This might be a cliche but sunrises always symbolize beginning.

This is probably the reason why I love the color of yellow. Look at the sunrise and notice the slow release of colors that nudge the darkness away and replace it with breathtaking fingers of light. That moment in time, when light wins over darkness, is like hope breaking free from the prison of despair. This is the reason why sunrise is so appealing.

And Neil captures this fleeting moment perfectly.

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