One of my favourite times to work is really, really early in the morning.

Practical perks include enjoying your lunch break while everyone else is still making their way to work, finishing when others are going to lunch and being free in the afternoon to do whatever you please.

But to be out and about before sunrise is why I keep doing them—I simply can’t find a way to describe how beautiful I find the serenity, the near silence, the way the shadows fall and the colours of the sky as the sun prepares for the day.

And sadly, my phone camera struggles just as much to convey the real beauty of these moments as I see them.

February 26, 2011 at 6.24am: city view from Victoria Harbour

December 1, 2010 at 5.56am: sunrise at Box Hill Central

November 23, 2011 at 5.41am: sunrise over the local pizza shop

November 30, 2010 at 4.56am: 7-11 Hawthorn

Okay, the last one isn’t really a display of beauty.  I love the stark contrast of the 7-11 compared to its surrounds though (even if my actual eyes didn’t at the time).  I guess it’s also an assurance that if 3.30am is too early to eat breakfast, you will be able to find breakfast on the way to work—just as long as you can stomach a “Mexican salsa” chicken sandwich breakfast.