Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Winter Sunrise

One morning, last week, I awoke to a soft, peachy glow in my bedroom. I hadn't slept well, and I thought about catching a little bit more but I realized that this lovely light in the room meant that there was a nice sunrise taking shape. And I didn't want to miss it.

Once out there, I took a few photos so you don't have to miss it either. Please remember to click on each of them to enlarge.

Stepping out into the park, the sun was just beginning to set the horizon on fire. The frozen pond was a lovely shade of winter blue.

I always leave a couple of peanuts on the branches of this tree. This morning was no exception. Peanuts first and then a photo.

Further along the path, I glanced up to see this die-hard oak leaf still clinging near the top branch of a tree. It was catching some of those early rays.

Despite the fact that it's dead, this is still one of the most beautiful trees in the park. It's a shelter to many birds throughout each season. And on this morning, it was looking its best, as it extended its branches to greet the rising sun.

Just a couple of moments later, I walked to the other side side of the tree. Its trunk and limbs were bathed in golden syrup.

The sparkling snow took on a more subdued reflection of the vibrant colours of the sunrise. Distant trees cast very long shadows.

By the time the sun fully rose above the horizon, it gave brilliant colour to everything it kissed. This sumac just glowed.

As I headed home, I caught the tail end of what appeared to be the neigbourhood geese rehearsing their icy stage production of A Chorus Line.

I told you it was the tail end.

Thanks for sharing the sunrise with me.


Brian Miller said...

oh that sun feels good upon my face...even if it just from the computer screen. thanks for adding warmth to the day hilary. hope you have a great valentines!

Anonymous :) said...

So peaceful I can almost feel it.

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...

Beautiful images. Loved the one of the geese marching in line!

Tabor said...

Those geese are certainly the light heartedness to a cold and long winter it seems. Lovely beginning to the day.

Pauline said...

I'm so glad you got up early! Isn't viewing a sunrise the best way to start a day!

Steve Gravano said...

What a beautiful sunrise, thanks. This morning on Long Island, it is snowing...again. It's nice that you shared your sunrise. The Oak Leaf is my favorite.

Hilary said...

I love the is STILL beautiful.
Lovely shots, and the chorus line is priceless.

Jinksy said...

A chorus line of distinction!

steviewren said...

Haha! Love the goose production, even if it was only the tail end.

You deserve a reward or some recognition for being a dedicated blogger and photographer. Only one of the two would jump out of bed so early to get such good sunrise pictures.

Russell said...

Debating whether I like the oak leaf or the tree "bathed in golden syrup" more (nice description by the way). If pushed I would opt for the leaf but it would be close.

Light is everything in photography. You have done a wonderful job of capturing and using light in these images.

Take care and keep putting peanuts in that tree!

solarity said...

Thanks for the sunrise. I had one this morning (on a day off! yay!) for the first time in more than a week. Now it's clouding up again. From black to dark grey to light grey gets boring.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Display Name said...

LOL @ the tail end!!! hee hee...your geese don't scoot South for the winter? That is quite a production, wow, great photos Hilary! So glad you decided to get out of bed early to show us that sunrise! :) That dead tree is spectacular...the second photo, bathed in golden syrup, and looking up at the sky! Of course, I see a face first!

ellen abbott said...

Beautiful photos as usual. I love your eye and aesthetic. I never get up early enough to catch the sunrise so about the only time I see it is in photos. I do love sunsets though, especially the ones where the atmospheric conditions are such that the very air turns pink or gold.

Frank Baron said...

My, my. Nature put on a gorgeous buffet and you've served us up a particularly delicious-looking plate!

Striking shots of that great tree and I really like the oak leaf -- what a warrior!

Good eye. :)

Unspoken said...

I love the rows of geese! Hilarious shot.

Nessa said...

Some sunrises just get you going. Very beautiful.

Rosemary and Reflections

Rosaria Williams said...

What a treat! A burning sunrise for VAlentine! Lovely. Thank you for these treats, spectacular sights to feed the soul.

Leah J. Utas said...

That gorgeous dead tree is magnificent.

A Woman said...

Whoever said winter was cold and drab has not discovered your posts. These were wonderful, what a lovely way to start my day with your colorful sunrise. Thank you :)

Land of shimp said...

I love the dead tree! It looks like a totem of sorts, telling a story about the forest.

You're braver than I, Hilary. Nothing could induce me to get out of a warm bed, pre-full-dawn on a cold winter's morning, unless there were stacks of cash, or imminent personal peril involved.

I don't like the cold. I do, however, love pictures of wintry beauty. Thanks for sallying forth, and sharing the results :-)

Reb said...

That dead tree is marvellous! The Chorus Line of Geese is just priceless too.

Anonymous said...

So many wonderful aspects of a glorious morning!
I'm glad you shared it with us. ♥

(I'm still chuckling over the chorus line of geese.)

Unknown said...

Early morning sun is so pretty, isn't it? Just magical.

Putz said...

there is a very personal and obvious reason i spend time with you and not others, you can do something i cannot do, put pictures on your blog>>>>>in fact you have more pictures than words and all i have is words, i tried to put a picture on ME{MYS LAST BLOG} OF ME OF COURSE AND ORGANIZE THE BLOG AND FAILED MIserably my readership is almost zero and yet i am a very interesting fellow, oh well salavie

Cheryl Kohan said...

Those pictures are all just great. I love how everything changes as the light changes. That sumac is awesome and the geese...well, you couldn't have planned that shot!

Sueann said...

I missed my sunrise this morning so I am glad you shared yours. Awesome photos!! The colors are amazing!

Karen said...

Do geese normally walk in lines like that? I really liked the first one of the tree where you said you put peanuts out. Your pics always make me appreciate "looking" at things more. Thanks

Phyllis E said...

Tail end, indeed! Were the doing a goose-step?

Ah, the days when I used to go to the park and collect goose poop for the lab.

Cuzzie P

Michael said...

As cold as the world may seem in them, those are the warmest pictures. Thanks for that.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I love that bare dead tree :)

Lisa (Mountain Photog) said...

Those were wonderful! Sometimes it's definitely worth getting out of bed early. :)

Unknown said...

oh thank you for these , Hilary.
You share a beautiful heart through these photos.
The incredible bounty of the outdoors.
I so agree with how you see.

SandyCarlson said...

Those geese are amazing. Talk about a chorus line!

And that oak leaf soaking in the sunlight on that beautiful day that took you out of your bed....Wow.

SandyCarlson said...

Just thinking about those trees, too. They have personalities of their own. they seem to dance where they stand.

Wendy said...

Good for you, leaving a warm and cozy bed to troup outside with your camera (hope you had time for a quick coffee first).

Those oak leaves do hang on and on and on, don't they? Loved your dead tree - that skeletal silhouette makes a great pic, especially with sunlight enhancing it.

That was some chorus line of geese! I'd say they looked perky!
Thanks for sharing - you do have a good eye!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Hilary: Wonderful capture of the Sunrise and all the other neat photos. We are again in a gray period and the forecast doesn't look good for several days.

MaggieGem said...

What a glorious morning! Thanks for sharing :-)

Kathleen said...

Wow! We were indeed on the same wavelength. Your photos are absolutely stunning, Hilary. I love your eye for detail, color, contrast, and composition.

LadyFi said...

That was a great tail! Those geese cracked me up.

Winter sunrises are so gorgeous with their warm colours set against the cold snow and ice.

Tammie Lee said...

I feel as though I went on a walk with you. I love the pink light on the snow. And yes dead trees offer so much to the world around them! Thank you for sharing. I love that you leave peanuts.

Zuzana said...

Beautiful! You know how much I love sunrises and sunsets!
Even here the days are getting visibly longer, but the sun has unfortunately been absent for almost two weeks now. I think the winter will be very long this year.

Mental P Mama said...

As beautiful as ever....and those geese!!!

Dawning Inspiration said...

Morning light - so beautiful - makes me want to think about getting up earlier - ha!

Hilary said...

• Brian, thank you so much. I'm glad you felt the warmth. Mission accomplished. :)

• Welcome, Madison and thanks for the kind words. :)

• Bonnie, thank you. They so caught my eye. :)

• Thanks, Tabor. They sure had me laughing at the time. :)

• Welcome, Pauline. I'm glad I decided to get going with that day too. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Steve. I'm glad I could add some warmth to your snowy day. :)

• Hilary, it IS a beautiful tree. It catches my eye no matter the weather or time of day. I'm glad you enjoyed the honkers. Thanks. :)

• Thanks for stopping by, Jinksy. :)

• Steviewren, I caught them just before their bow. ;) Thanks so much for the kind words. I needed to catch that sun. :)

• Russell, thanks always for the kind words. I'm so glad you enjoyed these photos. They get their peanuts almost every day. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Mary Anne, sorry to hear that your sunrises are so scarce. I'm glad I could share mine with you. Thanks for dropping in. :)

• Rain, nope the geese mostly stay here. More arrive every time the weather seems like it's warming up for a while. We have quite a crowd on the lake now. I'm going to have to go back and look for that face in the sky. Thanks for the kind words, Rainy. :)

• Ellen, thank you so much for the kind words. I love the sunsets too, and see way more of those than sunrises - especially in the summer. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Frank, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the feast. I'm always happy to share it with you. I'll have to keep my eye out for that leaf now. Thanks. :)

• Thanks, Amy. I'm glad it amuses you. :Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks kindly, Nessa. Much appreciated. :)

• Lakeviewer, thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed the sunrise. :)

• Leah, it is a wonderful tree. And I'm not at all surprised that you think so. :)

• A Woman, thank you so much for the kind words. I'm glad this gave you a good start to your day. :)

• Shimp, you have such a wonderful imagination. The tree does indeed appear as you described. No cash or peril involved but I do have that same smell happening with my memory foam, as you do, so staying in bed is not as appealing as it once was. ;) Thanks for your always kind words. :)

• Thanks kindly, Reb. I'm pleased that you enjoyed them. :)

• KC, I'm glad you came along to walk with me. Sunrises and sets should always be shared. As should dancing geese. :)

Hilary said...

• LWK, it sure was on this day. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Putz, don't give up. You said at one time that your dad helped you place photos on your blog. Why not ask him to show you how. I'm sure you'll get it straight before too long. Good luck and thanks for stopping by. :)

• Cheryl, the geese so totally surprised and delighted me. Thanks so much for your kind words. :)

• SueAnn, thanks so much. I was happy to share it. :)

• Karen, I can't say that I've noticed geese walking in lines before but there were at least a hundred of them all heading across the lake this way. This particular group was rather organized. Thanks so much for your kind words. :)

• Cuzzie, we think alike as far as puns go. Very differently as far a poop collection goes. Thanks for the visit, Phyl. :)

• Cabo, thanks so much for those warm words. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. :)

• Gary, thanks. I love that tree too. It's a beauty. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• MP, sometimes it is.. not too often.. but sometimes. Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Deb, thank you so kindly for saying so. That means so much to me. :)

• Sandy, something called to me that morning. The geese, the sun, the trees. I'm not sure which - maybe all of them. Yeah, I'd like to think it was all of them. And you're so right about the trees. Thank you so much for your always kind comments. :)

• Thank you, Wendy. I didn't take the time for coffee. I knew I'd miss the best of it if I had. Thanks so much for your encouraging comments. Very much appreciated. :)

• Fishing Guy, thank you. I hope your days brighten up soon. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thank you, Maggie Gem. I'm glad you could join me. :)

• Kathleen, I thought you'd find it interesting how similar our morning was. Thanks so much for the kind words. :)

• Lady Fi, I'm glad you got a laugh out of those geese. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

• Tammie Lee. I'm so glad you could join me on my walk. I knew you'd appreciate the surroundings. Thanks for your kind words. :)

• Zuzana, I do know how you feel about the rising and setting of the sun. I'm sorry you're not getting much sunlight. That does go a long way toward how endless the winter might feel. Thanks always for your visit and warm words, my friend. :)

• MPM, thank you. Very much appreciated. :)

• SD, I SO get that "ha!" factor but it's worth it every now and then. Thanks for the visit. :)

ds said...

I can feel the glow on that sumac from here! What a grand way to begin a day. Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's!

Mage said...

Isn't that amazing. :) Thank you. And thanks so much for the comments on my photo blog. I don't think anyone else goes there. I need to put a site meeter on the page to see what's really happening.

Kat said...

It is such a treat to see the sun shine in winter, not to mention a beautiful sunrise.
Thank you for sharing it with us! :)

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm always blown away by the range and depth of the colors in your photos, Hilary. They are stunning.

And that is one fine looking chorus line of geese :-)

Hope your Valentine Weekend was a good one.


ethelmaepotter! said...

Nobody, but NOBODY radiates warmth in winter the way you do, Hilary.
"...set the horizon on fire..." "... bathed in golden syrup..." and of course, the tail end of the Chorus Line - CLASSIC!

Maria said...

That was some chorus line!

cheshire wife said...

Thank you for forgoing a few exrra Zs! I hope that you had a good nights sleep the following night after your early start.

SandyCarlson said...

Good morning, Hilary! So enjoyed this walk again on our snowy morning.

Unknown said...

I always love all your photos and your comments, but the chorus line of geese is just priceless Hilary!

Sandi McBride said...

I love the photos you take and have an eye for content, contrast and subject matter...even a dead tree takes on life.

Suldog said...

You make me homesick for places I've never been. Amazing.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful...I love the geese all in line : )

G said...

These are photographs perfect for inducing a sense of deep peace. I love the lined-up geese... hee hee!

Daryl said...

I am glad you got up ... Saturday late afternoon, Lauren looks out the window and yells 'grab your cameras and lets go get that sunset' we raced into the car and sped to the beach only to find clouds had moved in blocking the setting sun .. so we took photos of the lighthouse .. I dont know about Kate but mine (using her BIG zoom) were fuzzy ...

Redbush said...

The pictures are breathtaking! The beautiful red and orange sumat is unreal. Your camera takes wonderful pictures, but then look who's taking the shots. I love the geese! It's like they're practising for some kind of parade. Lovely as usual, Hilary!

Cloudia said...

More please :)

Hilary said...

• DS, thank you. I'm pleased that its warmth reached you. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Maggie, thank you. I wish you luck with your blog. Comments elsewhere usually generate return visits. I wish you many. :)

• Kat, thanks so much for the kind words. :)

• Joanna, thank you very much. I'm so glad that you enjoy them. :)

• EthelMae, thanks ever so kindly. It's nice to be appreciated. :)

• Gaelikaa, wasn't it? Thanks for the visit. :)

• CW, I'm still trying to catch up. ;)

• Sandy, I love that you join me in our virtual walks. Thank you. :)

• Jane, thanks so much. I thought they were hilarious. :)

• Sandi, thank you for such kind words. That means a lot to me. :)

• Suldog, that's a lovely thing to say. You never fail to make me smile. Thank you. :)

• Thanks, Lady Cat. They look like such characters, don't they?

• BPG, thank you for that. Very much appreciated. :)

• Daryl, there are so many settings to tweak in different kinds of lighting. I don't trust auto settings for sunrises and sunsets.. or low light. You'll get it all sorted out before too long. It's a steep learning curve.. and I'm still at the low end of my climb. Keep at it. It's worth it. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Redbush, thank you very kindly. Your warm comments are such day-makers. :)

• Soon, Cloudia. :)

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Seems the only way I see the sunrise is if I've stayed up all night. Thanks for bringing me morning without having to get up! I've often wondered why morning has always been so hard for me to see. Now, moonlights. I can do those.

Cricket said...

Wow - photo #4... not only is it gorgeous, it is almost what I was imagining as I wrote my last post, not specifically about trees. I haven't been about much these last few days so it was a joy to see.

I don't know if you "do" Lent or not, but that photo captures the spirit of it for me. Beautiful.

I think Emily Remler's version of Softly As In A Morning Sunrise would be quite appropriate listening.

San said...

I have basked in the radiance of these images, Hilary. I too love the forms of dead trees, and yes, they do offer places for birds to perch. At our house, we put our spirit chairs on the trunks of dead pinons, and the spirits do stop by and sit a while.

Nicole said...

awesome pictures ... good thing you were brave enough to get out of bed !! thanx ;)
my geese left in november...I miss them ... send them back soon ok ?? :)

Hilary said...

• MJ, I remember those nights. They're long behind me unless insomnia strikes hard. I do like moonlight too. Any transitional time of day is wonderful. Thanks for joining me, even if it was from under your blanket. :)

• Cricket, that's very cool that you had "my" tree in mind. You're welcome to share it at any time. Nope, I don't "do" Lent - I was raised Jewish. ;) But I'm glad the image worked for you that way. Thanks for the kind words, and for your always-anticipated soundtrack. :)

• San, that's just lovely. I like that idea very much. Thanks kindly for your warm comment. :)

• Nikina, thank you. I'm glad I toughed it out too. ;) Our geese seem to stay all year round, but it's possible that some of these are yours. I'll talk to them for you. ;) Thanks for stopping by. :)

Mimi said...

Thank you for sharing this sunrise with us- I would never get a sunrise other than on computer.
The "geese rehearsing" photo is a treasure!

Jean said...

J'ai beaucoup aimé les deux photos des arbres !
Leur lumière est magnifique !

Louise said...

Stellar post! I love th dead lieaf, the dead tree and the shadows.

Hilary said...

• Thanks very much, Mimi. I'm glad you enjoyed my photos. I'm happy to share this sunrise with you. :)

• Merci beaucoup, Jean. :)

• Thanks kindly, Louise. Much appreciated. :)