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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