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Pictures for Pam, Day 31: Sunrise + 2 insets

Pictures for Pam, Day 31: Sunrise + 2 insets
(2 insets) (please view large!) :)

Ok, who out there is a night owl? Raise your hand! *bounces up and down, waving both hands* Wait a second. I'm not a night owl! At least, not anymore. I USED to be. I never wanted to go to bed, and 1-3am was the best time to be up and doing stuff. In my early 20's I would watch "The Love Boat" from 12am to 1am and then "The Big Valley" from 1am to 2am. I would go running at 1 in the morning through our hilly San Francisco neighborhood, and loved the peace and serenity of the fog swirling around me. I liked to say that I was protected by the "cloak of darkness" and shrouded by the thick fog. I now look back at those days and shudder, especially my running at night.

When Steve and I met back in 2000, we were delighted to share our love of the night. We were always pushing our bedtime and it wasn't uncommon to stay up until 4 in the morning on the weekends. We'd drag our tired bones into work on Monday morning, sorely regretting our bad decisions but funny enough, when Friday rolled around we were happily staying up until 4am again! Oh brother.

Moving up to Oregon finally forced a change in our behavior. The jobs we had required getting up very early—in fact, poor Steve had to get up at 6am so I couldn't even complain about my 7am wakeup. To make matters worse, our bodies weren't as resilient as they once were and if we stayed up too late, boy did we regret it the next day.

However, I began to notice that as long as I got a reasonable night's sleep, getting up earlier was actually quite nice! And, as time went on, I had to admit that as fun as it was to stay up late, it was actually MORE fun to get up earlier!

Now I get up at 7am (sometimes even 6:45!) because I want to, and I wake up to the sound of Pumpkin peeping a cheery good morning as dawn begins to lighten the sky. One of my favorite parts of the day is going out on my daily hour-and-15-minute walk because I get to experience the world waking up around me. I get to see the sunrise every day! And, what an indescribable joy it is to hear the myriad birds twittering, tweeting, chirping and carrying on as they start their day. When it's cold enough, I get to appreciate the lovely frost all over everything. I get to enjoy Magic Hour every day! There's just nothing like this daily gift. In a radical about-face, I now think that staying up late is overrated and I will leave night-owling to the young and naive! :)

Today began as usual until I saw the morning light on the was PINK. "HOLY COW!" I said, and opened the blinds..."Oh wow, it's going to be a gorgeous sunrise!" I knew I had time for my shower so Pumpkin supervised from her shower perch and I was in and out in a flash. Looking outside, I could hardly believe the intense cotton-candy pinks and lovely shades in the clouds. I was so excited I put my shirt on backwards! I was bouncing on one leg trying to get into my pants without falling over! Pumpkin laughed at me in amusement—it was the Crazy Mama-bird Show! I mimicked her laugh right back at her and we trotted downstairs on the double. I put her on her kitchen perch and stepped outside with my phone to take pictures of the amazing sunrise. I looked over at the window and there was Pumpkin, admiring the lovely scene as well. What a SHOW!! I took more pictures later when I went on my walk, and you will see some insets that show the progress of this amazing sunrise.

Pam, let these beautiful sunrise images elicit oohs and ahhs, and reflect on the lovely sunrises out your window each day. As I look at my sunrise, and you look at yours, we can think of sharing these special moments together. Two friends holding hands and experiencing the magic of a new day. May your next sunrise be even prettier than today's!

Explored on 12/10/18, highest placement, #8.

Marco Zerbini, Guy Bacca, Jean-luc Drouin, Martine and 41 other people have particularly liked this photo

43 comments - The latest ones
WOW WOW! What a stunning colors.
Amazingly beautiful..
Beautifully done, Janet.
Love it.
21 months ago.
neira-Dan club
Un magnifique ciel ; brillant et doux à la fois
21 months ago.
 Christine Schiller
Christine Schiller club
Hello Janet,
that's a fantastic light and a wonderful story !!!
Best regards from Christine
21 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Magical panoramic view!!!!!!!!!!****** Like it very much!***
21 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
What a beautifully coloured sky; like the golden tone of colour.
21 months ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Beautiful sunrise Janet. Lovely colours. I especially like the panoramic view in the first PIP.
21 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Joie scène colorée dans un merveilleux contre jour !*****************
Bonne nouvelle semaine Janet.
21 months ago.
Annemarie club
wonderful image!
Happy new week:)
21 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Magnificent sunrise!

Admired in:
21 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
GLORIOUS sky, Janet ! Have a nice week ! I still have the flu !!!! GRRRR !!!
21 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
21 months ago.
 Cämmerer zu Nau
Cämmerer zu Nau club
Wie ein Gemälde von Caspar David Friedrich. HERRLICH.
21 months ago.
Boro club
Superbe ********
21 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Great pano shot, wonderful light and colours, love the PiPs.
21 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
magnifique !!
21 months ago.
 Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
A beautiful sunrise. Well worth getting up for!

21 months ago.
 Peter Van Lom
Peter Van Lom
Nice story and photo. Time goes by as they say and it is important to enjoy the small things.
21 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Magical moments ! That's so impressive and beautiful, Janet ! Wish you a very nice week ahead !
21 months ago.
polytropos club
Well, this looks suspiciously the same => as mine! ;-)

Wonderful captures! I like the second PIP.
21 months ago.
 Ghislaine Girardot
Ghislaine Girardot
Magiques moments saisis !!
La joie se trouve au fond de toute chose ,mais il appartient à chacun de l'en extraire ...

Merci Janet
21 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
your pictures are great again!!
21 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Very good work ;-)
Have a great week.
21 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
An absolutely breathtakingly beautiful image..!! Such a wonderful sky with fiery orange colours, a hint of pink and some lovely blue tones as well. I just love the silhouetted trees along the ridge! An instant fave for me Janet.

I also love the two PiPs..............and your narrative! I couldn't help laughing at your description of getting dressed in a hurry. That would have made a superb photo :-))
21 months ago.
cammino club
Simply wonderful sunrise!
21 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbes photos et couleurs avec notes. Nicole.
21 months ago.
Danielle club
C'est vraiment d'une grande BEAUTÉ !!!!!!
21 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
Extraordinary and very beautiful Janet.
21 months ago.
 Soeradjoen (very limited time)
Soeradjoen (very lim… club
Fantastic sunrise Janet, very beautiful.
Also the 2 insets are extraordinary.
Thanks for your explanation on the bees, we need them very much.
21 months ago.
uwschu club
schöner Bildaufbau und ich bin auch bekennender Freund von Sonnenauf- und Untergängen
21 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
not bad for a former night owl ;-))))))
ok, actually beautiful.
21 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh wow seems very trite when I look at these pictures. I just can't write all the words that describe the beauty in your photos. To think you see this on a daily basis and yet you look at it with new eyes every time is a miracle. I don't think I would ever tire of this panorama. It is truly stunning.

I'm loving your daily blogs - and the bond you have with Pumpkin. As for running on your own in the middle of the night in San Francisco makes the hairs on my neck stand up. Scary and a tad risky sweetie. I am a bit of a night owl I'm afraid. I think it's because when I want to do the laundry - well use the dryer, I will only use it after midnight because the electricity is half price then. I'm afraid my dryer is quite old and the timer is broken, so I have to switch it on and then off manually. So 2am before I go to bed isn't unheard of.
21 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
21 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Three terrific pictures Janet. They will lift Pam's spirit no end....truly beautiful!
21 months ago.
tiabunna club
One of the advantages of the higher latitudes is the extended period of sunrise and sunset and this lovely sunrise series captures it beautifully, Janet.
21 months ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
I love the contrast colours in this beautiful fiery sky. I love also the strong silhouettes of the trees. All the best, Joe
21 months ago.
 Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira club
21 months ago.
Esther club
Lovely colors in the sky. It almost makes me want to wake up early.
21 months ago.
 Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
A stunning sunrise Janet, wonderful colour in a great panorama! That's such a good thought about being protected by the 'cloak of darkness. A very nice thought for Pam.
21 months ago.
 Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
21 months ago.
 Misou 49
Misou 49 club
Magnifique ciel au lever du soleil ! Belle photo !
21 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
Ah Ah Ah What a sight, to see you jump up and down to put on your pants, I'm still laughing about it!

There was a time in my life when I was partying every night, sometimes I didn't go to bed and went to work directly. Sometimes, when I lived in the south of France by the sea, I worked as a waitress and when the restaurant closed my friends and I went to a nightclub until dawn... Crazy youth... I met my ex-husband in nice little bars where there were rock and blues concerts. He only went there on weekends, me... all the time. Little by little I conformed to his lifestyle, he would get up early to work...and so... so did I.

And I have regained a healthy lifestyle, and as you say: the joy of getting up early and feeling that the world belongs to us, when there is no one anywhere except maybe a stray cat who returns to his penates after a night of hunting... That was when I lived in the city.

Now it's even better, living in the middle of nature and waking up with it, tasting the sounds and scents that emerge with the day. Thus I find again the soul of my father who loved nature deeply and who taught me it, some mornings he walks beside me.

21 months ago.
Il est superbe ce ciel avec toutes ces couleurs.
21 months ago.
 Guy Bacca
Guy Bacca club
Une belle série de photos avec différentes lumières
20 months ago.

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