When we built our house on the beach in Exuma, we added a screened porch off the bedroom facing southeast. I had spent thirty years looking unsuccessfully for the green flash -- a blaze of emerald light that can sometimes be seen just as the sun is rising or setting over a sea horizon -- and I was determined that this would be the place to see it.
And I did. Many times now. But the practice of getting up before the dawn remains. There is no more perfect time of the day, in my opinion, especially in the tropics.
Over the next week or two I will watch Venus and Mercury almost kiss in the predawn sky, with Mars and Jupiter looking on approvingly.