354: Getting in touch with my inner early riser

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.

~ Rumi

Another early morning.  It’s not accidental, this early rising.  I’m getting back in touch with my inner early riser, the woman who enjoys the transition between night and day, who delights in watching the sky lighten as this part of the earth spins around towards morning.

I didn’t realize there was a full moon today until I looked out at the pond upon awakening this morning.  Bo and I have started The Artist’s Way this week, and I should have been doing my morning pages first thing, but I couldn’t resist the pull of the moon.  The morning pages would wait.  The setting moon would not.

I hauled out my tripod and camera, and had fun playing around with the manual settings on the camera.  The one thing I forgot was to adjust the ISO so there would less noise.  I had to fix that problem in Photoshop.  Lesson learned.

Once the moon set, I saw no reason to go back inside right away.  The mist and the early sunlight enticed me away from those morning pages.  Who can resist such beautiful light and shadows?  Not me, that’s for sure.

It’s nice to see the sun and blue sky once again.  I am so over the grays and glooms, the clouds and storms.  That’s why I didn’t watch the news or do a 9/11 post yesterday.   I’ve had my fill of sadness lately.

We had some pretty dramatic skies on Saturday and Sunday.  The kind that loom threateningly over the landscape.

Eventually all of the drama played itself out in some heavy downpours, gusty winds, lightning, and a few loud claps of thunder.

What made it all so unusual was that it was moving east to west.  Thankfully, that spinning low is out of here.  Now we await the next cold front.

A shaft of sunlight peeks through the clouds just before sunset on Saturday

As for those morning pages, I did get to them after my walk.  As mentioned in a previous post, the morning pages were the undoing of my prior attempts at The Artist’s Way.  I’ve had a few practice sessions before beginning today.  I am already starting to appreciate the benefits of emptying some of the chatter out of my head before I begin my day.  It’s early days yet, but I do think my approach this time includes a better attitude.  An openness or willingness I didn’t have in the past.  I am even looking forward to my first artist’s date.

Reaching for the sky

I have another reason other than the morning pages to nourish and encourage my inner early riser.

I’ll tell you all about it.  Soon.  🙂

(The “Spirit” photo above was processed in Photoshop and Picnik.  I used one of Picnik’s Pirate Textures to get the jewel effect.)

39 Comments on “354: Getting in touch with my inner early riser”

  1. Roma says:

    Wow, GORGEOUS shots!!! And just how early is early? (BTW, the shot with the gems for some reason reminds me of a treasure at the bottom of the sea.) Oh, and hope you’ll be sharing some of your writing. You’re a great writer!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much, Roma. I really appreciate that coming from you since I admire your writing as well as your artwork.

      Early has been about 6:30 so far which is not too terribly early, but I’ve been snoozing until 8:00 or 8:30 this summer so 6:30 is a big change for me. I’m going to gradually work my way towards being up by 5am.

  2. WOW Robin, your early morning shots are stunning… Love the golden light around your tree in particular… I have to admit that I do love a sunrise, and the light that it brings with it, but rarely get the time to fully appreciate it…

  3. That moon is incredible – I would have dropped everything to watch it, too!!

  4. dragonfae says:

    Robin, I love the shots of the moon setting! And that shot of the trees with the sun rising behind them evokes a mystical land in my mind … one where the fae are busy tending the trees and flowers. Just lovely! 😀

  5. comingeast says:

    Amazing pictures. You have a great telephoto lens. I can’t get close-ups of far away objects like that. I used to do morning pages, too, and wish I’d never stopped, and I don’t know why I seem to be wasting so much time. Someone needs to come and punch me. I did enjoy my artist’s dates until I noticed I was taking too many!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Susan. 🙂

      I have a point & shoot camera with a fixed lens. It does have a decent zoom to it, although sometimes that makes the photos look pixelated.

  6. I love the Rumi quote! And your line about your part of the planet spinning toward morning was beautiful.
    I used to love the Artist Dates. They’re so nourishing to the creative self inside. I look forward to reading more about how this goes for you.

  7. Christine Grote says:

    I have The Artist’s way, I’ve not managed to actually do it yet. Maybe once I get my memoir launched.

    • Robin says:

      This is my third or fourth attempt at it, Christine. Last attempt too. It’s part of the decluttering project. Use it or lose it. 😉

      I can see why you’d want to wait. One big project at a time. And a memoir project is a big project.

  8. Tammy says:

    these are gorgeous and I love that you’ve paired them with that Rumi quote!

  9. Kala says:

    Gorgeous early morning shots Robin!

  10. Marianne says:

    Kudos to you, Robin! You’ve got my curiosity peaked. I look forward to hearing your other reason for rising early.

    The Spirit photo is beautiful!

  11. ElizOF says:

    Stunning especially the first set of series… You take amazing photos and I love them all. 🙂

  12. Kel says:

    not often do we see shots of a moonset
    these are lovely

    glad to hear the artist’s way is progressing nicely

  13. Chloe [Photographer] says:

    sensational series of photos

  14. Those are some great moon shots… and I LOVE the tree!!
    I’m an earlier riser, too, unfortunately. It’s the only time I get to myself most days, so when I wake up (waaayyy too early), my brain won’t let me go back to sleep because I want that me-time. I’d much rather be a night owl, but being up so early, I usually fall asleep on the couch…. it’s a vicious cycle 😉

  15. adrianduque89 says:

    amazing photos!

  16. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Stunning moon photos, Robin, and I love the Rumi quote, being a natural morning person myself. I love the tree reaching for the sky, too. The moon has been quite spectacular the past couple of nights so maybe I’ll make a point of checking it out tomorrow morning. I think we’re getting your cold front on Thursday and I’m hoping it will clear away the mugginess…

  17. ladyfi says:

    Wow. Your photos are stunning – so magical. I just want to gaze at them for hours!

  18. Ronja says:

    Wow, breathtaking…

  19. carlaat says:

    A setting full moon – such a gift!

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