Nature’s Sun was started on YouTube in April 2020, shortly after the pandemic hit. Everyone was told to stay in the house and there was a curfew. Then the George Floyd riots occurred, which made the curfews even stricter.

Sun chasing for Ophi Hawk began in 2016, and there were periods of her life that she saw the sunrise every morning. After 2 months of being stuck in the house with the pandemic, she decided to see the sunrise regardless of the restrictions, because it is “essential to her well-being.” The curfew ended at 6am, and the sunrise was around 5:50am. Also, it is best to arrive early to catch the Sun when it first emerges.

When she arrived, there were cops driving back and forth, until they finally parked nearby as a hint to leave after a few minutes recording. Luckily, sunrise only lasts 2-3 minutes. She posted the first sunrise on YouTube, because she thought other people may want to see it during this pandemic.

The lobby idea came from the hiking trails being closed at that point too. Maybe lobbying could possibly help us get badges to record nature in areas where others were not allowed, and then share it with everyone? It is understandable to have curfews, but it does not seem fair when it interferes with the hours of sunrise and sunset.

All the videos created by Nature’s Sun are there to empower people to do their own research, and be inspired to create. With nature footage, sometimes it tells a story or life lesson, which is displayed with words or no words. Other times, the nature footage is so peaceful, it is best left as is. The topics presented are intended for us to question our environment, and how we honestly feel about ourselves and others.

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