I am writing this before reading anyone else’s. My perspective on the preference of day or night question.
I DECLINE choosing, both are crucial to my well-being…not just in the physical sense but psychologically. You know those wall decorations that combine sun and moon? Those kind of sum it up for me, it’s like Yin/Yang…I need the balance AND contrast. The Aurora Borealis is on my ‘bucket list’ but rationally I know I couldn’t live well for long where the balance of day/night was ‘off-balance’ one way or another more of the year than not. So as a concession to picking favorite part of the 24 hour cycle Here’s a shot of what I’d pick if absolutely had to choose: Dawn, with the sun peeking over the Jemez Ridge
Most of my life I've been both night owl and lark. Staying up late but also rising early. i have SAD (Sunlight Affective Disorder) but I've learned that as long as I don’t have to endure more 3 overcast days in a row I can deal with it fairly well tho there was a point in my life when it likely was a contributing factor in chronic depression. Even with that, if it is actually storming (rain, snow, thunderstorm with lightening--no matter) I’m good. It’s just unproductive grey skies that get me down. Just as I need solitude on daily basis, I need a certain amount of sunlight per week to stay at optimum functioning. I think every environment has beauty, but as much as I loved the people and my experiences in Hawaii, I prefer places where there are four distinct unsubtle seasons. Each has its beauty. So too, with day/night I like the contrast, all the various ways each displays its beauty.
So here would be the other shot that would express my having a foot in each—day and night. Twilight, same ridge, but that’s the moon rising over it. The sun, about to drop behind the western mesa is bringing out the red of the ridge and reflecting off the clouds.