We've all been there: That horrendous moment when your alarm goes off and you groggily lift your heavy eyelids to find that it's still dark out. Just five more minutes, you tell yourself while hitting snooze. Again. And again. And again. 

We feel you. But as photographers, we'd almost always choose a chance to capture sunrise over sunset, not because we love torturing ourselves at 3 a.m., but because, for a moment, mere mortals such as ourselves have the incredible fortune to experience something so utterly magical. And have it all (or mostly all) to yourself.

Scroll down to see what we mean.

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park, California

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Redwood National Park, California

Redwood National Park, California

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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