Getting up at 5am to shoot images is always a risky business... What's the weather going to be like? Is the light going to be any good? Could I just sleep in another 10 minutes? All these questions and more are there as valid reasons why you might decide to put the alarm back onto snooze.
Kaziranga national park in Assam is one of the best places in the world - well in fact one of the only places in the world - to see the Great Indian one horned Rhinoceros, but it does mean getting up early. Clambering onto an Elephant before breakfast is a great way to get the day going - 2 hours later when you clamber off and realise that man is not designed to sit astride an Elephant is not so great. Having your legs that wide for an extended period is to put it bluntly a painful experience. But it's worth it..
In the light of a beautiful dawn with dew still on the long grass and the chill of the previous night still lingering, Kaziranga is a magical place. Within 15 minutes of setting out we were sitting 12 feet up looking at Rhinos wallowing in water holes totally oblivious to our presence. Yes, missing a few hours sleep is definitely worth it.