Monday, July 05, 2010


Coneflower Big Sky Sunrise, Echinaceae purpurea 'Sunrise'
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"As I work among my flowers, I find myself talking to them, reasoning and remonstrating with them, and adoring them as if they were human beings. Much laughter I provoke among my friends by so doing, but that is of no consequence. We are on such good terms, my flowers and I." ~ Celia Thaxter, 1835-1894
I am trying to rise earlier, perhaps not as early as the day my brother arrived and I smoked a Boston butt roast; that day it was 4AM. I started the coals in the dark, watching the temperature rise on the smoker with a tiny flashlight and finally after an hour and a half, I saw the tinge of color in the morning sky... just a lighter shade of darkness at first but then, blue and streaks of red and finally the yellow sun.

It's another world in the early morning... the humming insects and the tiny tree frogs are getting ready for bed and the birds are just beginning to wake. I saw a hummingbird come to the feeder, then turn and head for the Lantana 'Miss Huff', where it hovered and drank deeply from the nectar of the blooms. I had never seen them feed on the flowers before, what a wonderful sight. The bees were already happily flocking to the hyssop but the butterflies are a lot like us, they would rather wait a bit until the sun is out to make an appearance. The coneflowers, however, don't seem to care about the time... they carry the sun's rays in their petals and the sun's fire in their cone.

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shangey said...

I feel llike reaching in the photo and stroking those fuzzy middles. beautiful photo. I can relate becasue i have been an early riser my whole life. there is so much to see in the early AM that can never be seen at dusk. watching the sun rise is one of my most favorite things to do.

Ginny Hartzler said...

Such a stunning photo, I love it. It would look great framed on a wall. I love your description of the coneflowers and the sun's rays. I am doing a coneflower post, but all the ones around here are purple. I never knew they come in any other colors, so I love learning this fact! I also love your description of the dawn goings on, almost enough to make me get up that early!

Joanne Olivieri said...

Beautiful macro with excellent composition

kenju said...

Such a dreamy looking photo.

When I kept hibiscus plants on the deck, we had hummingbirds every day and it was so nice to see them drinking deeply of every blossom.

Morahmommy said...

How beautiful!

Tracie said...

That picture is beautiful!

I have never been much of a morning person, but the way you describe it, I might just have to give it another try.

Beverly said...

absolutely beautiful.  I envy your gift for photography and writing.