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Organic Therapy: The Sunrises and Sunsets of Hunting

You’ve been sitting there quietly enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of nature while waiting for the wild game specie you’re hunting to appear. Then the moment comes when the sky is full of color as the top of the sun’s disc first breaks the plane of the horizon in the morning, or when the top of the sun’s disc sinks below the horizon in the evening. You marvel at the color in the sky while the  stresses of life leave you.


The draw of sunrises and sunsets while hunting is undeniable, and it’s hard to deny the excitement and intimacy of witnessing the amazing spectacle of light and rich colors filling the sky.


It’s witnessing a unique event that has special appeal to those of us who hunt. It’s watching wildlife in a serene setting in the first and last light of the day.


Sunrises and sunsets feature the constantly evolving characteristics of light reacting with the sun, clouds, weather conditions, habitat and landscape, but one that will never quite be the same as any since or any to come. 


I cherish and appreciate the beauty of sunrises and sunsets on a hunt! They are always amazing, awe-inspiring and at times, breathtaking to me.


The patterns of color and clouds are endless in their artistic, abstract exquisiteness.


Regardless of what kind of hunting adventure it is, viewing nature’s most impressive lightshows in Nebraska’s outdoor scene is personally treasured. It’s wonderful to share the beauty of those times with hunting partners.


It’s also during these periods that I think of hunting companions who have passed before me. I think of my favorite hunting companion – my Dad, who died suddenly with the beginning of fall in 1998. Rather than dwelling on the darkness and emptiness felt with lost loved ones, I find comfort and the feeling of their presence in the allure that the first and last light of the day holds.


During the Nebraska hunting seasons, I love nothing more than watching the sun rise or set. It’s what I call organic therapy.


“Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.” – George Washington Carver.

About greg wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Communications and Marketing Specialist and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media channels, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

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