Monday, May 11, 2015

MONDAY MUSINGS—THE MOMENTS BETWEEN DARK AND DAWN





The moment between dark and dawn is magical.

The morning dew coats the grass and leaves. It softly drips through the thin wisps of fog that skirt the trees and stroke the tops of the brush. A transparent moon hangs above the western hills. The hush of the early morning is haunted by the last echoes of the whippoorwills. The blaze of rust as the fox fades into the tree line and home. The triumphant cry of the owl and shriek of its prey cuts through the moment between dark and dawn.

The breeze pushes back the dark grays and purples of the dark leaving mauves, a blush of rose and turquoise in their wake. To the east a crimson glow highlights the silhouette of oaks waiting to greet the sun. The scent of flowers merges with the rich smell of fertile earth and trees.

All around is the murmur and rustling wings of birds as they stretch and shake off the shadows of the night.  Mourning Doves are cooing among the branches and flash of red and bright chirps of cardinals weaving through the leaves toward the feeders. The sudden flutter of wings as a flock of doves land under the bird feeders to break their morning fast. Flickers of yellow and green announce the arrival of the finches.

Layer by layer the morning symphony builds. The buzz of the bees harvesting nectar. The aerial display of the crows against the rose and gold sky crying out a counterpoint rhythm to the chorus of birds as they sing up the sun. 

The sun opens its arms on the horizon banishing the shadows and bathes all in the golden glow of morning.



There is just something magical in that moment between dark and light. And it fills me with peace and quiet joy.   

22 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If I didn't have to get up so early to see it, that would fill me with joy. (I'm definitely not a morning person!)

cleemckenzie said...

I'm often up to see that moment, and I never tire of it. It holds all kinds of promise.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Nice post. If only I were less grumpy in the mornings I would enjoy it too. Instead, I think, great nature is being too noisy again.

~Sia McKye~ said...

ALEX--Didn't used to be a morning person, either. I still love the night and the silver glow of the moon.

CAROL--well said. That moment of promise...

THERESA--It IS full of sound, that's for sure....and thank you. :-)

Natalie Aguirre said...

If I could have a view like you, I'd love getting up so early even more. But I'm definitely a morning person.

Karen Walker said...

Wow, will you write my descriptions for me, Sia?

Jo said...

I don't get to do it often, but I love that time of day. Particularly down by the sea.

Very evocative Sia.

Kat Sheridan said...

Oh, how lovely!

Yolanda Renee said...

My favorite time of day too! Lovely descriptive writing!

My post is about the distraction of spring and summer. Those hours of dark are now my creative time, highly influenced by the sunshine!

Pat Hatt said...

The cats are up to watch it at my sea, but I'm still in bed lol At least 2 out of 3 of us see it.

Michelle Wallace said...

Vivid and descriptive, with a multi-sensory appeal!
Pics are gorgeous too!

A Beer For The Shower said...

I must be a rarity, because I love witnessing this each morning. I'm definitely a morning person, and seeing the sunrise makes it all worth it.

Beautiful descriptions, btw. The sunrise is already over here but I can picture it perfectly in my head thanks to those fantastic descriptions.

~Sia McKye~ said...

JO--Glad you enjoyed it. Oh, I love the ocean at sunrise. A whole other group of scents and sounds.

KAT--thank you. :-)

YOLANDA--thank you. Sunshine sure helps.

PAT--2 out of 3 ain't bad. I'll admit I'm not always up to greet the dawn. Sometimes I sleep in until 7:30-8am. Then I just go out and sip my coffee in the early morning sunshine. :-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

MICHELLE--Thank you. I wanted to share what I experienced as morning breaks.

BRANDON AND BRYAN--thank you. I really wanted to share my sunrise with everyone and put them there with me. I'm glad the descriptions worked.

shelly said...

Mornings are great. I love the quiet and the sounds of nature.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

As a rare blood courier I often drive the night through and see the night fall prey to the dawn. one magical dawn rising, I had Enya on my radio singing Aldebaran, a most evocative memory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvYd8nEx-Pc

You have written quite a stirring piece, Tahnks

Suzanne Furness said...

So beautiful and magical. What a lovely post.

dolorah said...

Sounds comforting. Except, its too early for me :)

klahanie said...

Hi Sia,

I so relate to this. Your expression of the sights, the sounds, the impending dawn and the start of a new day, a new hope.

Beautifully, thoughtfully written with photos to embrace.

Thank you, my kind friend.

Gary :)

~Sia McKye~ said...

SHELLY, me too!

ROLAND--I've always liked that one--course, I've always liked Enya (one of favorites is The Celts) I've driven at night into dawn and you're right, it's magical as the stars fade into dawn and the scent is marvelous.

Thank you, SUZANE!

DELORAH-It's early for many. :-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Hello Gary!

Dawn always bring the feeling of peace and yes, each dawn renews hope and reminds me that I do have much to celebrate. Reminds me of the good things in life. Refocuses my eye to the simple joys and those moment are what matters because it gives perspective and resets my view. Despite all we face and all we battle, life is good.

Glad your enjoyed it.

Sending you hugs and cheering you on.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia .. I agree with Gary - and you've captured those moments brilliantly ... it's a gorgeous time of day - and would be better if we didn't have snow on the mountains in Scotland - which makes me wonder when the winds will calm down and we can get some Spring and then Summer warmth ..

Cheers Hilary