Early Morning Grazing

I woke at 4:30 to go to the bathroom.  Zinnia followed me as she has done since I used to let her out during the night when she was a puppy.  I was bathed in cool air when I opened the back door to let her out.  The birds were singing in the morning and I sat on the back step to listen.

The dawn had seduced me.

Instead of going back to bed, I threw on a dress and my boots, got Fate, and opened the gate for the sheep.  Mist was hovering on the edges of the pasture and the moon was bright white and high in the sky.

I sat in the pasture while the animals grazed.  I watched and listened.

I thought that experiencing the moring in this way has to change me for the better even if just for a little while.


9 thoughts on “Early Morning Grazing

  1. Wowww. That is an awesome photo. And I too love if I wake earlier than normal, and feel rested and not the usual grogginess, and get to enjoy a moment of reflective quiet while listening to the sound of the all the birds that know it’s the best part of the day. I have heard them more vocal than usual earlier in the morning this week in advance of taking quiet shelter in the brutal midday heat. (A starling brood tucked in the joining of the gutter at the soffit of my apartment house’s roof. Parent swoops in, perches on the gutter downspout for a moment, then zooop, disappears up into the roof to a chorus of insistent chirping. )

    1. Maybe you’re rigth Amy that they sing louder in the morning anticipating the heat later in the day. Your description of the starling makes me feel I’m seeing what you do.

  2. Maria! Good morning. I think this photo is one of the best you have ever taken. Iconic, indeed. I feel as though I could inhale the cool mist. Wonderful. Peaceful. All is well with the world just now.

  3. Early, early, early morning just before sunrise is the best part of the day for me. I walk the dog along the acequia and, if we’re lucky, water is flowing, the ducks and hummingbirds and swallows are dipping in and out, and there are only 2 or 3 (sometimes no) other people out. The horses come over to their fences to say good morning and let the dog kiss their muzzles. This morning was cool enough for a fleece hoodie — nice change from the 100+ heat we were having just a couple of weeks ago. I am going to enjoy it while it lasts.

  4. This is a wonderful photo. So hard to get skies in a photo to look as they really are. Also love the new busy bee quilt.

    1. I usually avoid taking pictures of skies because the never translate as what I’m really seeing. But this one felt different. Thanks for noticing and letting me know. And thanks for you good words about my quilt too Ledge.

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