Monday, April 24, 2017

Morning Performance

by Carol

Having a 17 week old puppy is having a baby in the house again. A "sitter" (walker) comes at noon, outings are scheduled, and the kitchen is gated. The electrical outlets are covered, and nothing is left on the floor for even a second! Closet doors are closed and (obedience) school starts June 1st.. And sleeping in is on hold for a while. But there are unexpected joys to be found besides the adorableness of a puppy.

Among them is a renewed appreciation for early morning. I rise every weekday at 5:45, and have for years, but those weekday mornings are full of the time constraints that get me out the door and to work on time with matching socks, and food for noon. I always appreciate the light on the drive to work, but I don't have time to bathe in it and my mind is pre-occupied with the day's schedule. Since my kids left the house, I have slept in a bit on weekends (all the way to 8:30!!).  But now, I am wrapped in a sweatshirt, out on my lawn, walking my Lily by 6 AM. She is not old enough to leave the property yet, so I am getting reacquainted with early morning on my little homestead.

The east side of my house is the "business side." It's narrow and holds the propane gauge, the electrical connections, the hoses. The rest of my 1.9 acres spreads out to the west and behind. But Lily and I now walk the whole property, looking for as much variation as we can find, and watching the sunlight move slowly in from east to west has become a delightful way to wake up.

Fresh out of bed and just out the door,  it is a bit chilly. The grass is damp. The trees are grey. The deer feeding in my field are almost in the dark. But then, a glow develops behind my neighbor's barn.

Its low and pink. Soon, little tendrils of light are illuminating a single weed here and there. Then the rolling hills of my neighbor's perfectly fed lawn develop shadows and pools of golden light.

 The 100 year old house across the street suddenly has light on the front door that is worthy of a Wyeth painting.

The blossoms of my pear and apple trees begin to glow.

The green leaves and the birch stand begin to ignite.

And finally the light reaches  my emerging daffodils, low to the ground.

All this to the soundtrack of the morning birds. It's quite a stunning show - coming soon, to a yard near you. And there is a glorious repeat performance every day. And its free to all!

I recommend you attend a performance soon.

"Life is too short," she panicked, "I want more." He nodded slowly, "Wake up earlier."

                                                                                                              Dr. SunWolf


heyjudephotography said...

Your post makes me feel as if I lve walked with you. As I sit here reading your post I am listening to the birds outside my open window. I do love a cozy bed, but quiet time with myself in the morning is a special time of day for me too. I love to just look and listen and be grateful for another day. Thanks for sharing Carol.

Cathy H. said...

What a cute puppy! I've enjoyed walking with you on your "little homestead!" I need to get up earlier and enjoy the beauty of early morning.

terriporter said...

Oh, yes, I also feel like I've just gone on a lovely morning walk with you! Love all your captures as the sun rises and the light illuminates the beauty of the morning! I wish I could say that I'm inspired to get up early and capture my own morning beauty but it just comes TOO early this time of year! So thanks for sharing yours and that puppy . . . adorable!

Dotti said...

What a delightful way to start your day! Morning sun in our neighborhood is a crap shoot. For instance, when I went out to get the paper, it was overcast. By 9:30 the sun appeared and I spent a delightful half hour walking around my "homestead" (irony) soaking in beautiful morning light, albeit not the first light. We have to pay attention and take it when we can get it!

kelly said...

Thank you for taking us on your walk this morning. Nothing like a new 'baby' to help us see with fresh eyes. :) xoxo

Sarah Huizenga said...

I love (generally) getting up early dog or no dog (at the moment), in another year, all these puppy time will just be a memory, so enjoy every moment.

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