Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Glorious Sunrise with the Song of the Geese

Since we have had such a foggy, rainy weather pattern the last few weeks, when the sun comes out - so does everyone else!  No one wants to be inside when the sun is out and sharing its glory with us.

This past Saturday, I woke up to a beautiful covering of snow, just enough to cover everything, and I knew it wouldn't last.  I got up to let the dogs out, and considered going back to bed to sleep some more (since it is the weekend you know!),  but then I looked outside and saw this!

SNOW! And Roger wasn't too sure about it!

Oh what an amazing sunrise!

The dogs were just about as excited as I was to see the snow!  All our snow disappeared weeks ago, and it is only February - and even as I saw the snow, knowing it wouldn't last, we decided to make the best of it!

The dogs began to play, romp, and roll in their excitement of the fun white stuff!

Oh the great thoughts dogs must have...

I wonder if they were enjoying the sunrise, as I was?

Such beauty abounded on this glorious morning!

Amazing colors!

Annie immediately began to roll her nose in the snow...

She found a tennis ball and she and I began playing in the snow...

Isn't she just darling with the dollop of snow on her nose!

Our darling snow princess!

Roger was enjoying the snow himself, perhaps not as much as Annie, but he was happy about it all!

Roger enjoys eating the snow more than anything!

Because the day had such promises ahead (how could it not after that glorious sunrise!), I poured my coffee into a disposable cup, quickly dressed, and headed down the road with my camera in tow...

Loved seeing the snow covered roads and trees - after all, it is still February!

The sun's rays were gallantly pushing through the fog.

Off to the northeast, the fog was still hanging low over the mountains.

Loving the gentle rays of the sun shimmering as they pushed through the fog.

As I continued my drive, the sun and de-icer put out by the snow plows was already at work, melting away the snow.

I followed the path of the river as it wound between the mountains...

Oh the beauty of it all!

I couldn't help but marvel at the brilliant color display playing out before me, and the silent stillness of the water.

What a treat I was enjoying!  The sun, clouds and sky as a backdrop against the majestic mountains... sheer joy I tell you!

I took so many pictures of the color display - and now I can't decide which are my favorites.  I will try not to bore you with too many!

But it was such a glorious experience to see the unfolding beauty in the skies, that I couldn't help myself.  Each picture seemed more beautiful than the last one!

 The stark beauty of the trees outlined by the water below...

The long range zoom lens on my camera was able to capture these ducks as they waded in the chilly water yards away from me.

See that little outlet above in this picture - that is how far away the ducks were - and how fun it is to play with a lens that can capture detail from such a distance!

There was just a light dusting of snow on the landscape - just enough to bring sparkly joy into every place you looked!

There were so many geese out early this morning, and their calls to each other I'm sure spoke certain gloom about a crazy lady holding something long and black in her hands - beware - beware - I could almost hear them say to each other....

Even the weeds had a certain beauty that I couldn't pass by!

As I tried to get closer to the ducks and geese - they didn't understand that I just wanted to watch them.  As soon as I got closer to them, they would swim away...

At last, I was able to get a close zoomed in picture of these lovely quacking souls!

Loving how the trees are reflected in the still cold water.

And now the clouds!

The geese just were not happy with me out there - at all.  Fly, fly away - danger, danger, danger, I'm sure they were calling out as they flapped their wings and squawked at me...

Here is a short video that I took of the amazing sunrise and the geese who were filling the air with their voices (be sure to turn your volume up).

Such gentle still beauty abounding everywhere!

 I loved how the water was picking up the contrasting colors of the sky and trees around it.

These two geese had landed alongside the road and decided to cross it.  I was hoping no cars would come around the bend, as I watched them navigate their way across the snowy road.

 The still serene peaceful beauty of it all so early in the morning was music to my soul!

 Even weeds sticking up out of the water had a certain beauty to them...

 Rich colors abounding on every hand...

Majestic mountains standing tall to the north...

With their still snow-covered peaks glistening, and beckoning in the bright sunshine...

 The water reflecting, catching, and sharing the exhilarating views from above...

... The geese enjoying their cold habitat, talking loudly among themselves...

 I enjoyed watching them through the zoom lens of my camera as they played in the cold waters.

Here is a short video clip taken with my zoom lens, I apologize for the wiggle - I did not have my tripod with me... be sure to turn your volume up, and ignore the clicking sounds from the camera as I adjust the changes in lighting.


 After listening to the song of the geese, and watching the sun complete its ascent into the sky... I drove a little farther down the road and stopped to walk down this trail for a short distance... as it was such a pretty day, and I wasn't done exploring.

This trail actually winds around and just past the pond where the geese were landing, and there was a whole different perspective here.

I walked the trail a short distance and saw this log rolled up against two other trees, creating the perfect place for a short rest after the climb up the side of the mountain.

 The view up here was great.  I can imagine how lovely this all looks in the summer when it is green with wildflowers waving in the breeze.

As I enjoyed the stillness and quiet - there were no geese on this end of the pond - this friendly robin came out to visit with me.

He (or she) was happily chirping away, twittering here and there, looking for breakfast, I suppose.

Oh how lovely it is to see a robin in February - spring surely must be here!

 He flew away a short distance to perch on the scrap pile of brush, and sang a beautiful song.

I soon realized that time was passing when my kids called me with breakfast concerns.  Time had passed so quickly as I had been entertained by the sunrise and the geese, but it was time to get home, and get back on track with the rest of my day.  I certainly enjoyed every minute of my time this morning watching the brilliant sunrise while the geese entertained me with their morning song. Moments like this are rare and wonderful, and when you find them, you savor and enjoy them knowing they are fleeting, moving quickly, but find yourself refreshed and renewed in the wake of realizing they have passed.

I pray that your day may be blessed with sweet moments of precious beauty that stir your soul and cause you to praise the Creator by which this beauty was made that we enjoy.    :)


  1. I'm not even sure where to begin commenting on your pretty post, I have so much to say! First of all, I love the photos, you live in a glorious part of the country and your views are just stunning. Second, I just bought a new zoom for my camera. It was pricey and I wasn't sure I was going to keep it, but now I am convinced that I will have fun with it once this weather permits me to leave the house without too many layers to use the camera! Lastly, it is wonderful to hear you speak about the snow in such endearing terms. I am so sick of it, we are, and have been, literally buried in feet of the stuff for months. Reading your words, made me remember the first snowfall of the year and how glorious it was and that it is still winter, I should just close my grumpy mouth and enjoy it all! ;) Thanks!

  2. Hi Kim! Thanks for stopping by and for your wonderful words! This really was the first time that I was able to break the newness out of my zoom lens, and the only thing is that I wish I had brought my tripod, as it is hard to get a stable picture without one. Lesson learned, and hopefully remembered for the next time!

    I can imagine that you must be tired of the snow, as it sounds overwhelming. We have had such a mild winter here, that I can't believe it, really. Only had our driveway plowed once!

    I appreciate you stopping by and look forward to continuing our friendship! Warm hugs!

    1. Tripod! Yes! There is much more "shake" with the least that is what I noticed. Thanks for the visit again today, I love making new friends!

  3. Thank you for sharing such beauty through your photos and your words. It is amazing the beauty that surrounds us, if we only just take a few moments and appreciate all that is given to us. We have so much to be thankful for and I love the sweet and simple things in life the most. Warmest Blessings ♥ Teri

    1. Thank you for stopping by Teri! I love finding beauty in unexpected places, and try to enjoy them as much as I can when I do! Agreed -= there is SO much to be thankful for, even if sometimes we have to look for it! :)

  4. Thank you so much for leaving me comments today, Teri. It allowed me to backlink and find your beautiful blog. I am your newest follower and will put you on my sidebar right away so I don't miss posts. Blessings- xo Diana

    1. Awesome Diana! Glad we have met, and I look forward to reading more about your adventures as well! Thanks for stopping by and posting your kind thoughts!

  5. ps. Did you know that when you leave a comment you come up as a NoReply blogger? That means that no one can thank you or reply to your comment directly. Just not sure if you are aware of that or not---Diana

    1. No, I didn't know that - and further, I have no idea how to change or remedy that lol... but thank you for letting me know - I will do some research on that to see if I can change it. Thanks Diana!

  6. Where to begin? Well, the beautiful sunrise, I guess is a good start, then as you drove towards those gorgeous destinations, and the roads were being cleared, the day was also brightening, allowing us to witness the spectacular splendour of the lush landscape that surrounds you. Yes, even the weeds are wonderful and I have taken many a photo of them, too, on my walks. The ducks, the geese, that lone robin, along with your two furry friends, gathered together for the glorious start of a new day, beaming with light and the radiance of hope. Thank you for documenting this; it was delightful to share it with you.


    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed my rambling! It was such a beautiful morning, and the geese were so vocal in their expressions too... I just reveled in the wonderful knowledge of being alive and able to witness such beauty ... and yes - even weeds become beautiful in moments like that one! Blessings and hugs to you today :)

  7. Nice pics. I tried to watch the videos, but got a message saying "this video is private..." each time. g

    1. I went back and changed the settings on the videos and hopefully you can watch them now! Sorry about that!

  8. Beautiful.....very interesting to see the beginning of your morning. I really liked the robin pics. I've tried taking pics of them with my smart phone. Lol. Yours are much better!!

    1. Thank you Ronda - I enjoy seeing the robins too - it lets me know spring surely is coming!

  9. Beautiful photos, and the dogs look like they're enjoying each other's company. For a wild millisecond I thought that land mass in the photo with the ducks was an alligator. HAH! xo

    1. Haha! No, it is way too cold up here for an alligator, although I could certainly see the resemblance in the way the sand jutted out, lol!


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