My favorite time of day is early mornings and watching the slow change from night to day. I love the anticipation as the sunshine comes up over the horizon and brings warmth to the day and reflections on the water. Darkness overtaken by light is what I call progress.
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.”
– HELEN KELLER –
The two photos above were taken earlier this winter before the Great Marsh was frozen solid. The Great Marsh Trail is an easy 1.3 mile hike at the Indiana Dunes National Park. If you are a birdwatcher, bring your binoculars. You won’t be disappointed.
This last image was captured from the public boat dock at Long Lake in Valparaiso, Indiana. It is the only public access point that I have found along this lake. With all the rest of the lakefront sitting on private property, it is not an ideal place for a walk along the water’s edge but it is perfect for a beautiful and peaceful spot to watch the sunrise.
So interesting! I came across this bird while in Maui last month. According to Merlin Bird ID, it is called a Java Sparrow but it is actually an endangered finch. Hmmm, a bit odd don’t you think? Wonder how that happened.
Many thanks toPhotos by Donnawho has helped me multiple times with bird identification, including on this cute Java Sparrow.
Getting up three hours before sunrise for an hour drive to the summit of Haleakala volcano to watch the drama unfold as the sun burst through the clouds was so worth the effort.
This was our second trip to Maui’s Haleakala National Park, so we were prepared for the 30-40 degree temperature difference from our hotel to the top of the volcano . These shots were taken four minutes apart from the same spot with a camera angle change of about 30 degrees to the northeast on the one below.
Images were captured last month on January 6, 2022.
I love mornings! There is something so special about being out on the trails as the sunrise pops up over the horizon. The thought of enjoying a whole new day brings a smile to my face.
The same is true when I think about starting a new blogging site. I have missed being here for the last few months but have also reveled in a bit of time to reflect. Now, I am back and off to a fresh start. This is the first of many posts to come.
Changes are exciting sometimes and I almost forgot to tell you about one small change. Other than a new domain and site, there’s also a change on my blog site and profile. Those of you who have followed me in the past, know that my given name is Irene Tron. All my close friends and family call me “Pepper”. So my profile will show me as Pepper. Feel free to refer to me as either.