I have always been excited to fly on a plane in the early morning in anticipation of the sunrise. Getting a window seat on the eastern part for every dawn flight I had was always my priority. As the plane taxis the runway and hovers above, light slightly dimmed, the stunning aerial view of the city is always a sight to enjoy.
Going farther out of the darkness on the horizon up above, the sun peeks through bit by bit like a shining jewel from afar. Especially on a cloudy day when a storm seems to threaten smooth flying, a sunrise of different appearances can be seen. Diverse kinds and layers of clouds obscure the mighty light creating spectacular hues of pink, orange, bright yellow, red and also a tint of gray.
“Clouds that move across the sky are changing forms before our very eyes,” Jose Mari Chan has written in his song Constant Change. Yes, indeed. But as for me, in as much as I enjoy the different forms of clouds as the song goes, let me share with you something special: sunrise shots taken aboard the plane on two different occasions of my dawn flights from Metro Manila to Cotabato City.