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At this time of year, it’s not difficult to get to the park before sunrise. It’s my favorite time, a time when animals are often still out and when the park is usually rather empty (unless it’s the weekend.) In the last week or so, there’ve been some rather good sunrises, the sun first a small red-orange fingernail on the horizon, gradually growing larger until it emerges as a giant red ball.

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It’s been much too long and even though I have to work today, I had to stop by and say hello and share a few photos from a recent walk in the park.  On this morning, not too many days ago, I saw a panorama of frost as I pulled out of the garage.  That made getting to the park as soon as possible much more urgent, as the moment the sun hits the frost, it tends to disappear and, although plants with drops on them make for wonderful photos, ’tis the season for frosty beauty!  Of all the mornings to sleep in just a little and not rush out the door.

It was still plenty cold when I arrived.  The geese were flocking, so to speak, on the river which, as I’ve said before, at this time of year resembles an avian runway at a local airport.  The noise level can get quite loud as groups of geese get ready to take off or land.  I wonder why they haven’t gone south to warmer climates, but bird brain has never been a compliment, has it?  🙂

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Just for fun this week, Cee’s asking us to share a photo or photos of a sunset, sunrise, or a night shot.  One wonderful thing about an iPhone (or other smartphone) is that I never have to miss a shot, even on a walk in the park.

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September has arrived here in northern Illinois and with it, some lovely weather: mid-seventies (Fahrenheit) during most days and cool-chilly nighttime sleeping temperatures.  Perfect!  Summer appears to be holding strong, although a few colorful leaves are making an appearance on the trees.  Of course, my friends in the southern hemisphere are getting set (waiting) to enjoy summer!

Ironically, the theme for the first photo challenge of September is “Waiting.”  I guess I could have taken a selfie of me with my laptop on my lap, waiting for the challenge to come out, but that’s too easy and besides, I don’t do many selfies.

This shot was taken the morning of the eclipse as I left the cabin and the Bighorn Mountains on my way home.  I was waiting for the day and for the trip and it was a blessed way to leave a place I love.  The colors are as I saw them and are not retouched at all.

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Another month has begun.  The weather in Chicagoland is typically spring-like:  warm, cold, rain, a bit of snow, sun, thunderstorm…mix and repeat.  Underneath it all, I can feel spring waiting, edging gradually into sight.  Daffodils and daylilies bravely poke their leaves out further each day.   The cold is a little less frigid, a bit more cool.  It’s coming and one of the blessings is the longer daylight.  The downside is you have to get up earlier to catch a sunrise shot.  The upside is you can enjoy this one while still in your pj’s, sipping your morning cup of coffee or tea.  How good is that?

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If this is the first Monday in December, it must be time for “Nature” as the theme for Sally’s challenge, open to all who take photos with non-traditional cameras.  Mine non-traditional camera of choice is an iPhone 5s and I love the ease of taking it with me everywhere.  My favorite Kühl hiking pants have a pocket on the side that’s just the right size of the camera and I can unzip the pocket and take out the camera with just one hand.  In winter, when I need those flannel-lined jeans I touted yesterday, I tuck the camera into my fanny pack.

No matter the pants I’m wearing, I often get to the park at sunrise, something much easier to do when the sun doesn’t come up until 7:30 am or so!  Here’s an example of what you might see if you venture out with me.  We can stop for coffee or tea on the way home.  Happy Monday morning.

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The morning drive

Posted: September 27, 2016 in Quotes, Travel
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I love leaving for a trip very early in the morning, when it’s cool, quiet, no longer quite dark, and most people are (hopefully) still in bed.

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All glory comes from daring to begin.
~Eugene F. Ware

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The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
~Marcel Proust