It was dark when I got up this morning, which isn’t surprising for December. After my morning routine and breakfast I turned on my work computer. After doing a few work related tasks I looked out the window. The sky was beginning to lighten. Is there a special word for the pre-dawn glow? Even though I had just started, I had to take a break. It was still pretty dark, but the sky was glowing, the low hanging clouds dropping almost perceptively. Within an hour the mist raising off of the pond would merge with the lowering sky and the world would be shrouded in fog for a brief moment, a moment that lasted all morning over the pond itself. As I walked to the pond’s edge a few Baffleheaded Ducks were startled and flew to deeper water.
I love being outside at dawn. I love the peace and quiet that most people miss. Most are still in bed or just getting their first cup of coffee. Others are in a hurry to get to work where they will be rushed all day. But me? I am living a slow life, if only for a moment, watching the still life of the predawn world, a misty morning. And this makes me smile. Yes, a private smile today.
Do you have a private place or time that makes you smile?
Photo of Swan Pond in Dennis Port Massachusetts taken with my phone this morning. It was bright red so I corrected the color a little, but, actually, the world was bright red. The phone greatly lightened the scene, but that gives it an ethereal quality, like a photo of a memory.