Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sunshine Came Softly

One morning, last week, I awoke to soft, golden sunlight pouring through my window. It was one of those moments when I knew I should go get the camera, but the blanket was so warm and cozy and I felt too comfortable to look for it downstairs. Then I remembered that the camera happened to be on the nightstand right beside me. Bonus!




bangles and box
The first thing I noticed bathed in sunlight was a small wooden box which sits upon the dresser. On top of it were a few inexpensive bangle bracelets where I'd discarded them the night before.





kokopelli shadow
Stepping back a bit, you can see the shadow cast by a Kokopelli candle holder nearby. It was a gift from Frank a few years back.




bedroom light
On the opposite corner of the dresser, a few fake flowers and a painting of a great blue heron which we purchased late last summer.





tree texture
OK, so this day was so totally beautiful that I had to head out for a quick walk. You know how much I enjoy seeing textures in nature, particularly on trees. I couldn't resist snapping the vibrant colour of this broken limb.




raven
On my way home (What? I said it was a quick walk.), this little cutie was waiting for me. She's my neighbour's schnoodle (schnauzer and poodle mix), Raven.





new shoots
I was happy to see a bit of spring growth in my front garden - even if I had to get down on my knees, brush the leaves aside and use the marcro lens to see it.





blood orange
Back home again and time for a coffee and this luscious blood orange. It was delcious.

Thanks for joining me in soaking up this morning sunlight.

54 comments:

Steve Gravano said...

Nice job recording the soft morning light. That blood orange looks delicious!

Leah J. Utas said...

Beautiful work. The shadow pic is magnificent.

Mental P Mama said...

Beautiful! I had a dream last night about all the green shoots of spring! And every morning, I am greeted with my Benny face on my calendar! Thank you again!

Dianne said...

I love the little bud, they always seem so endearing to me
Raven is a cutie

all your shots are wonderful Hil, thanks for sharing a beautiful morning

roobo69 said...

Wonderful, varied bunch of snaps...

Daryl Edelstein said...

pretty shots .. the pulp of the blood orange is intense

ellen abbott said...

love the photo of the dead limb.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

oh I just love the shadow pic with Kokopelli!

DJan said...

I love all of them, as I was thinking about which one to point out that I loved more, I realized I just couldn't do it. They are all spectacular in your usual way. :-)

Joanna said...

your lovely, sunny phoyos made my morning.

Susan in the Boonies said...

Both Raven and the blood orange! Be still, my heart!

TexWisGirl said...

i like your neighbor dog. what a cutie. a family friend has a schnug - schnauzer/pug cross - possibly the homeliest dog i've ever seen... :)

Brian Miller said...

yum blood oranges....i want one....cute pic of the schoodle too...

Tabor said...

The sign of a great photographer. You can take the most everyday views and turn them into art! Beautiful.

Ruby said...

I love the shadow and the bangle shot. Great post, Hilary.

Linda in New Mexico said...

love what you shared today.....if I were to have to pick a fave it would be the blood orange....love the textures. Oma Linda

Stephen Hayes said...

If you airbrushed a yellow brick road under your neighbor's dog, it would make a great picture of Toto.

Mage said...

Delightful. I too wallow in gratefulness for the golden sunshine here. :)

laveta'splace said...

The second picture of the shadow is great. My favorite.

Out on the prairie said...

Those blankies feel nice some mornings and I lay back and enjoy it, until the sunlight says go shoot a few.

JC said...

Truly enjoyed soaking up the sunshine with you.

messymimi said...

The green of the broken branch is a beautiful reminder that life comes springing back. Thank you.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Seeing beauty everywhere.I love how you can do this and capture beautiful images.

Hilary said...

Wow the picture of the orange is lovely, and I am crazy about kokopelli. Go figure.

Reena Walkling said...

That orange looks delicious ... as does the morning light!

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

It's always a pleasure to see the world through your eyes, Hilary. And I'm still loving the macro shot of the yarn around the twig from a few days ago...

Gillian Olson said...

You have captured beautiful light in these photos, thanks for sharing.

Zuzana said...

Beautiful morning images dear Hilary.;) It is morning here too, Friday and I am having a day off and finally some time to blog.;)
Love that close up of the orange, makes me thirsty.;)
Have a great weekend,
xoxo

sage said...

the low light when the sun is on the horizon always enriches... nice photos.

LadyFi said...

What lovely light! That second shot is wonderful!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

My dresser would be way too cluttered and dusty to snap an impromptu photo of it! Lol. These made some interesting images, I love the shadows. And Raven is adorable. :)

Kerri said...

A Beautiful post HIlary! Your words and images make me feel like I was there with you :)

Pauline said...

Wonderful photos all but the Kokopelli shadow hovering over the jewelry box could be the jacket cover photo for a mystery story.

Madge Bloom said...

Raven IS a cutie...

Kat said...

Excellent pics! I love the last one! :)

lailani said...

Yay for spring!!

Karen said...

I loved that morning walk, even though I'm reading it at night! That orange looks scrumptious!

Linda said...

That first image, of the bangle bracelets on top of the box, just charms me.

Barb said...

Glad the sunlight invited you to play, Hilary. Kokopelli is celebrating your treasures. That dog is too cute!

SD ~ Dawning Inspiration said...

Wow - you are encouraging me to get my camera and keep it on my nightstand now!! hee hee!! Love the light!! and oh, Raven is adorable!

louciao said...

Thanks for the big dose of Vitamins D and C, as well as some tender hints of spring. I love the initimacy of the bracelet pictures in particular. Very romantic and sensual somehow,hinting at stories...

Indrani said...

Lovely captures of the bangles. You never miss an opportunity. :)

CiCi said...

Seeing your life through your eyes is a blessing I think. Bangle bracelets are fun, you are fun. Candles, flowers, favorite photos in your home is peaceful. Your walks are entertaining and your neighbor's dog must be a warm welcome when you return from walks. What a lovely morning.

Maggie May said...

I schnoodle! I have just written about the cavapoos that have come into our family by default! These poodle crosses seem to be all the rage now.

Love the picture of the bracelets on the jewellery box.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

photowannabe said...

Umm, yumm, that blood orange looks so tasty.
I loved our early morning quicky walk.
Its a beautiful way to start the day.
Since my computer is mostly kaput, I at least can comment on my Hubby's desktop. I don't think I will be doing much picture posting though.
Hanging in there and feeling a bit sad until things can be fixed.

Anvilcloud said...

Is that the shadow of a Kokopelli on the wall in pic1? Whatever it is, I like it.

Reb said...

Lovely shot of the bangles and the shadow. The green in the tree branch is very vibrant.

Kerry said...

I love how you capture the spectacular beauty that's right in front of you all the time. So cool.

Barbara said...

What a wonderful way to start the day! Love the title!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

awesome photos, hilary. i really enjoyed them.
soo inspiring post.
thank you so much, my dearest!

SandyCarlson said...

Great shots. You have me genuinely missing my yankee self and loving home.

Shrinky said...

What a beautiful picture that shadow-elf makes - I am so glad you happened to have that camera of yours nearby!

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Morning walks are the best! Love that second pic!

lime said...

the dog is adorable and now i am suddenly hungry for a blood orange! that loks positively succulent.