Good morning everyone! It’s a beautiful, sunny morning, a little on the cool side and quite windy which makes if feel even cooler. But the sky is a rich, brilliant blue with no clouds in sight. The sun is shining on the leaves making the green look as though it should still be summer. And also making the yellows stand out in their glowing gold colors. More and more leaves are turning yellow and falling from the trees landing on the grass letting us know that fall is here to stay, at least until that next season arrives, which we won’t talk about just yet. We have 6 months to talk about that season, no point in starting early.
Speaking of early. In the summer I enjoy getting up early, about 4am, to watch the sunrise. I can’t really see the sunrise very well from where I live presently, can’t even see the sun until about 9am, though I can see the sun shining on the tops of the trees. It would be great to watch the sunrise down at the river, I imagine it would be quite beautiful. The singing birds would be remarkably plentiful as well, there would be many more varieties than around the house here. Water birds would be waking up, gulls calling to each other as they float over the water. Loons would be calling in their amazing wilderness voices.
Different species of sparrows would be singing along the shore, thrushes would be singing from the pines further inland. I can just hear an owl hooting as he takes advantage of a little daylight hunting before going off to rest for the day. Sandpipers would be running along the rocky shore looking for tiny insects for their breakfast. Squirrels would be waking up, munching on some pine cones and chattering at each other. Robins could be heard singing from the tops of the trees. Many species of warblers would be flying about looking for insects to feed their young and themselves. But they would also take some time first to sing beautifully from the trees and bushes lining the river shore.
A kingfisher would be sitting on the branch of a dead tree, overlooking the water, waiting for a minnow to swim past so he could dive in to get his breakfast. He would chatter as he moved on to a different tree hoping that fishing would be better at that spot. Soon he would dive into the water and come up with his prize. A great blue heron would be walking silently past in the shallow water by the shore, barely causing a ripple as he lifts and puts his feet back in the water. The water, crystal clear as it is would be calm like a mirror, reflecting the whole scene around as the sun rises slowly above the trees. The sky being clearest blue ever, just a perfect morning. A summer sunrise morning at the river, just beautiful. I hope you have a most beautiful weekend everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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