Monday, February 22, 2010

Driving Into Sunrise

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Some people are natural early risers. They jump into the day and are raring to go.

For a non-early riser, getting up in the pre-dawn hours is quite challenging. Starting the day before the sun comes up give a new perspective on life.

After the initial shock of getting out of bed while it's still dark, one settles comfortably into doing daily routine tasks. Extra crunch peanut butter and honey on stone ground wheat toast with coffee make a delicious breakfast. Soon it's time to bundle up and open the front door. Winter is still very much in season in New England.

Icy cold air makes its way down into the lungs as one crunches along the snowy path to the car. Breath makes a smoky trail in the pale morning light.

Once on the road, the sky lightens. Hundreds of intricately patterned tree branches make eye-catching outlines against the horizon. Towering pines stand majestic and tall as the car whizzes pat them to its destination. Pink and gold clouds now rise up behind the trees as morning dawns.

We pass ice formations that were once streams of water trickling down from a mountain. Today they are solid layers of ice, captivating in their frozen beauty.

Someone somewhere in the heavens is turning-up the lights! Above one of the hills, a long column of light shoots into the sky like a geyser. As the car turns around a bend, a huge ball of molten gold causes the driver to squint and adjust the visor.

This is what driving into the sunrise is like. The new day has officially arrived so let he fun begin!

Do you ever get up in time to view a sunrise?


Karen Lange said...

Love the photos! Thanks, Susan, for sharing them. Have a wonderful day.

diane stetson said...

I'm a late sleeper whenever possible but I do have to get up for work at six a.m. in the winter...I never see ice or snow though..sunrises are awesome. Your pictures are great!

Susan Wicker said...

Thank you, Karen. So happy you enjoyed the photos. Aren't the frozen streams coming down the mountain something else? Amazing, the creations of the Creator! Hope you have a wonderful day, too. Sincerely, Susan

Susan Wicker said...

Hi Di...Hope you get to see lots of sunrises on your way to work! Thanks for your compliment on the photos! Have a peaceful day. Sincerely, Susan

Faith Imagined said...

Absolutely beautiful photos!!!

Frenchy chick said...

I used to do that in France. Getting up early because i had to travel 1 1/2 hour to go to work. Love your picture and writing.

Susan Wicker said...

Dear Alisa....So happy you came to visit. Hope you come often. I truly appreciated your comment on the photos. Sincerely, Susan

Susan Wicker said...

Dear Frenchy chick....How nice you came to visit! Thanks so much for coming to my blog and commenting! I was so happy to receive your compliment. Merci beaucoup! Susan

Andrea said...

Hi Susan,
Hope that you have been feeling God's strength through these sad days. I love the ice formation. Awesome! I used to stay in bed as long as I could, sometimes 11 or noon!!!! But, in my older years(* I am getting up around 6 a.m. I love to get a hot cup of coffee, my Bible and my 5 pets and cuddle up on the couch and read. If it's warm outside, I sit on the deck and the dogs go out with me, but the cats can't come out. They sit in the bay window,which has screens and are right behind my back as I sit in my glider. I love the morning air and the quiet, before everyone else is up and about.
hugs to you

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Susan: I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for God's comfort. Your pictures are beautiful. What a great way to start the day driving toward the "Son". Blessings dear friend, Martha

Susan Wicker said...

Dear Andrea....Oh, yes, I have definitely felt the strength of God during these sad days. Thank you so much for writing. Your morning "starts" sound great. Take care, dear Andrea. Sincerely, Susan

Susan Wicker said...

Hello Dear Martha...I'm still thinking of your lovely little lady figurines! So sweet. Thank you, Martha, for all the prayers. The Lord has been comforting all of us as we walk this sad walk. Tuesday is the most difficult (funeral). He will be with us all. Take care, dear Martha. Warmly, Susan

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