How’s it going?

Sunrise network

Sunrise network

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.

~ Aristotle

Unseen by the sleeping

Unseen by the sleeping

Did you make any resolutions for 2013?  Goals?  Plans?  Commitments?  If so, how’s it going?

Branching out

Branching out

Wisdom teaches us that none but birds should go out early, and that not even birds should do it unless they are out of worms.

~ Mark Twain

A rainbow of colors in the sky

A rainbow of colors in the sky

As you may or may not recall, I declared that January 2013 would be my month of early rising.  To be honest, I’m meeting this goal about half way.  That is, half the time I get up early.  Half the time I don’t.

Contemplating the sky

Contemplating the morning sky

Well enough for old folks to rise early, because they have done so many mean things all their lives they can’t sleep anyhow.

~ Mark Twain

Misty woods at sunrise

Misty woods at sunrise

I’ve been wondering if I picked a bad month for early rising.  In the wee hours of the morning, the bed is so warm and cozy and comfy.  The rest of the house is cold (we keep the heat turned down at night).  Just the thought of my bare feet on the chilly hardwood floor is enough to send me ducking back under the covers.  Who wants to get up early in January?  January is a month to hibernate.  To sleep.  To dream.  To reflect.  To go within.  What kind of crazy person decides to start getting up early in January??

Still reaching

Still reaching

I could resolve this problem.  One way to do so would be to give up for now.  Make January 2013 the month of some other small change.  Another option is to reset the program on the thermostat so the heat kicks on earlier.


Sunset crisscross

Rise early.  It is the early bird that catches the worm.  Don’t be fooled by this absurd law; I once knew a man who tried it.  He got up at sunrise and a horse bit him.

~ Mark Twain

Yesterday's sunset

Yesterday’s sunset

I think I’ll continue to give early rising a try.  Even if I manage it only half the time, it’s progress.  I love the peacefulness of the early morning, of sitting in the dark and watching as the day begins to awaken.  I love the way the calm permeates my yoga and meditation practices.  My writing flows, pen gliding easily over the page as I empty my head of whatever thoughts are rolling around in there at that time of day.

Light and shadows at sunset

Light and shadows at sunset

And on the days my body overrules my desire to get up, I’ll listen.  Even on the days I sleep in a little, I don’t miss the sunrise.  It’s easy to be up and out of bed for the sunrise in January.  Sunrise this week occurs around 7:52 am.  (Sunset, for those inquiring minds who want to know, is around 5:15 pm.)  Perhaps the wise thing to do is adjust to the season by following the sun.

January 2013 057a

I guess that’s it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you for joining me for a look at yesterday’s sunrise and sunset.  It’s warm here today.  Sunny.  We’re saying goodbye to the snow and ice as they slowly melt away.  Streamlets of snowmelt are pouring down the hillsides, through the meadows, and into the pond and creek.  The predominant sound outside is that of dripping and melting and water running.  It’s a lovely, musical sound that I find very calming.

Somewhere inbetween

Somewhere in between

Have a delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.  🙂



The body is our primary feedback mechanism which can show us what is and isn’t working about our ways of thinking, expressing, and living.  As we live our truth more fully and freely, our body grows healthier, stronger, and more beautiful.

~Shakti Gawain


47 Comments on “How’s it going?”

  1. My gosh those are some pretty sherbet skies! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Aren’t they, though? We get some really pretty skies during the winter months. I suppose it’s the sky’s way of making up for the lack of color on the gray days when our part of the world is blanketed in snow and there is very little color to be found. Thanks, Colleen. 🙂

  2. Chloe says:

    wonderful photos, definitely worth getting up early for.. keep at it

  3. Phil Lanoue says:

    I’m going to disagree with Aristotle and side with Mark Twain on this one.
    I’m glad there are those that get up early to catch the sunrise, but I’m more of a sunset person myself.
    Excellent photos!

  4. mobius faith says:

    First five images are gorgeous. Like looking through webs.
    No resolutions for me. I find they’re a waste of time.
    Just trying to live and respond to the moment…. 🙂

  5. ♡eM says:

    I have some everyday simple intentions upon which I’ve reflected – kind thoughts, kind words, kind acts. I’ve always been an afternoon person – I find comfort in the subtle changes during dusk, the sun hiding behind the trees and hills, the settling and quieting of the animals, the appearance of the stars and moon, and the rest after a good day of living. These are beautiful images, Robin.

    • Robin says:

      Now that you’ve described the end of the day in such a beautiful way, eM, I might have to start paying more attention to it.

      Thank you. 🙂

  6. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. Getting up early is a great way to start the day. I am forced into this by the need to take eye drops at 6:00. Then some stretches and I am up. It’s getting out the door that I find challenging (early part of day is best for writing for me). I like your photo ‘melting’ and the footprints that show where paths were once safe! Jane

  7. I like getting up really early too, Robin, but I can certainly understand when it’s a cold January morning, it’s much more cozy to stay in bed, and stay warm. I think you’re good to be gentle with yourself, and enjoy both your sleep-ins and your early risings!

  8. Marianne says:

    Robin, I like that you said, “adjust to the season by following the sun.” Some months ago, I read something that said something to the effect that the natural rhythm of the body is to sleep later in the morning in winter and rise early in the summer. I know for myself, it’s much easier to get up early when the sun rises early. Love the beautiful sunsets!

  9. dadirri7 says:

    those morning skies are awesome, and your photography just delicious … worth getting up for when you can!

  10. aFrankAngle says:

    I may start my day early, but I remain inside. … then again, that’s a double-edged proposition. Love the sunset crisscross!

  11. Jo Ann says:

    Lovely pictures. I think Benjamin Franklin may have been inspired by Aristotle when he said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

  12. I am, by nature, an early-riser…not that anyone who knew me when I was younger would believe THAT for one second. I highly reccomend it – there’s no more peaceful time of day.
    It’s amazing how much difference in your sunrise time and ours (7:15 this morning). I don’t ever think of you being that far South…

    • Robin says:

      I was a natural early riser in my 30’s and 40’s, Marie. Then I gradually started sleeping in a little bit later. I miss those early morning hours when I don’t get up (hence the plan to try to once again become an early riser). I don’t think it’s that we’re far South so much as we’re near the western edge of the Eastern Time Zone so it takes the sun a little bit longer to get here. 🙂

  13. Elisa says:

    I am wondering and pondering, to help this for me, I ask…what is the desired result, the expectation?

    • Robin says:

      Excellent question, Elisa. The desired result is having a few more hours in the day for things I would like to do. Plus I enjoy the energy of the early morning hours. It’s a feeling of newness that seems to rise with the light and the sun. The stars are so pretty in those early morning hours, too, before the sun comes up. It’s a very private time, too, since it feels like no one else is up and about yet (and certainly no one in my home is!).

  14. becky6259 says:

    These pictures are phenomenal, and I like the way you write!

  15. becky6259 says:

    Reblogged this on Mrs. City Boy and commented:
    Sunrise and sunset in winter — absolutely beautiful!

  16. Superb idea for photos – and what a beautiful sunrise – wish we got colours like that but we rarely do nowadays.

    Didn’t make any resolutions by the way…

  17. These are beautiful! The colors and the patterns of the branches make some very interesting shots.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Belen. 🙂 Because of power lines and a few houses here and there, I have to get creative with my sunrise and sunset shots. Shooting through the trees seems to work well.

  18. There is magic in the air in the dawn.

  19. Joanne says:

    The (rather cynical!) Mark Twain quotes add a touch of amusement to this post Robin! I can’t stay in bed after about 7am any morning as I hear the kookaburras and magpies outside my bedroom door, singing me a happy morning tune, so I head outdoors with a smile on my face to feed them breakfast. It’s a lovely way to begin the day. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      I wish I could be a cheerful morning person, Joanne. I recently read about a survey that showed most women are grumpy when they first get up, needing about an hour before they feel like smiling and speaking with anyone, whereas men are happy and talkative. That sounded about right to me. M is always cheerful in the morning, chattering away. I just want to be left alone as I slowly acclimate to the new day. Hmmm… seems like another good reason for me to get up early. That way I can be cheerful too, by the time M gets up. 😀

  20. Sallyann says:

    I like the early mornings with the sunrise, but as I finish work at the same time each morning I’m usually home and sleeping before it arrives, so I’m still waiting for the sunrise to catch up with me.

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