Saturday, October 29, 2011

Morning Surprise

We don't always get what we are looking for.

It's early, and the chance of a good sunrise compels me to load up the car
 and drive to the west side of the lake.  
Barley is eager to ride along in hopes of a morning swim.

At the lake, I lift the hatch and unload my tripod.
Barley races to the water's edge and looks back over his shoulder,
dancing in place until I throw a stick for him to retrieve.

It's a good arrangement; he gets a few retrieves,
and I get a few pictures.
The sunrise is a pretty one, but it won't make the year's top 10.
Scattered raindrops spit from the sky and I figure the shooting session is over.
Turning to go, I stop dead in my tracks. 
The bright ribbon stretching across the sky holds me there, gasping in wonder.

We don't always get what we are hoping for.
Sometimes we get more.

God's glory is on tour in the skies,

God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.

Psalm 19:1

Linking with Skywatch Friday


Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Boah, wonderful photos. The first photo has warm and lovely colors. The shadow of your dog is beautiful. The second photo is gorgeous. Amazing colors.
Have a nice weekend.

hannah said...

when I rolled down on your page.
That was indeed a deserved reward for your getting up so early. We suffer for our art, but in this case it paid off in trumps. Well done, with Whoever is on your side.

Tammy said...

Very nice, and a piece of a second beginnig to form too.

Al said...

Wow, that would be an unexpected and glorious surprise - what a fantastic photo! We never get morning rainbows here, ours are in the summer evenings after our typical afternoon thunderstorms have moved off to the east.

eileeninmd said...

Great photos, love the rainbow. what a beautiful sight to see. And the shot with your Narley is gorgeous. Wonderful photos.

Mary Howell Cromer said...


TorAa said...

The Rainbow is really amazing - and the Photo as well.
Thanks for sharing such a wonderful and unique sight

Anonymous said...

Out of the dark, a happy bark, and an awsome arc!

Jennifer Richardson said...

Jumping up and down
and clapping wildly
on the inside
with you!!!!!!
Wow....what a gorgeous smile
and kiss from heaven:)
Thanks for the wonderful share,

Jennifer RIchardson said...

Jumping up and down and clapping
and cheering out loud with you
What a beautiful heaven-sent kiss
for you
(and a sweet share...thanks!)

Marcie said...

Gasp!! Absolutely breathtaking. What an exquisite moment captured..WOW!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Both photos are wonderful! I love how sometimes God surprises us with so much more than we were looking for....Beautiful.

Torunn said...

Beautiful sunset pictures. And thank you for the nice comments to me.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What a beautiful blog you have, the images make me happy, your words so true, such blessings. I just added your blog to my blog list, on my main page. Thank you for your kindness~

Nadege, said...

Beautiful photos. That rainbow is amazing, but I love the dog silhouette shot the most.

Annika said...

Beautiful rainbow shot. I can never make rainbows looks as good in photos as in the sky, but you have really succeeded at that!

Nick said...

WOW! I love that rainbow Connie! And the sunrise is so beautiful. Great captures!

Have a beautiful day!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Your blog is a treasure trove of beautiful photos and words. I just noticed late today that you have published a book through Blurb. Your book looks sensational.

Just this last weekend visiting family were telling me of Blurb and how one of their adult daughters had published a couple of photographic books through Blurb. Wonderful idea for your work. Zazzle looks great too.

Ruth said...

wow, really amazing rainbow, thanks so much for sharing it :)

Pat said...

I love Barley's silhouette against that beautiful sunrise. I was enthralled by the beauty of the second shot!

Seeing Each Day said...

Oh wow. Well done on your second shot- how wonderful that that happened at the end, must have been a thrill for you, just as it is to view it. And I love the mood and emotion in your first shot also.

Liz said...

Oh WOW... what beautiful photos!
Isn't God's creation just so amazing!

Ellie said...

My goodness what beautiful pictures especially your rainbow it is lovely.

Rosie said...

Such wonderful photos - fantastic!

lisa said...

Oh my goodness Connie, I have never seen anything like this! It is absolutely magnificent.
How fortunate you were to be able to capture it, and how fortunate we are that you have shared it here.

Thank you so much for linking up at The Creative Exchange.

Have a great day!


Lisa said...

I'm with lisa. Magnificent and stunning! How fortunate for the heavens to have rewarded your efforts. The colors are truly gorgeous.

Hilda R.B said...

Wonderful photos. So beautiful the rainbow was. Well done.

pens and needles said...

Connie, this is AMAZING! I am speechless (and that is something!) Text AND photos are just wonderful. You have such a gift and God honors your use of it by placing you in just the right place at the right time. Love, love, love this! Best one yet! (Didn't I say that before??)

Buck said...


Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I don't know which photo I like more. They are both inspiring.

Wishing you a joyful week, Connie. :)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I don't know which photo I like more. They are both inspiring.

Wishing you a joyful week, Connie. :)

Katie said...

This is breathtaking! Just beautiful!

S. Etole said...

This one's a breath-stealer!

Carletta said...

I was looking at the thumbnails from last week waiting for this weeks link and yours caught my eye.
This is an amazing shot - probably once in a lifetime! Lovely work!

Deanna said...

Oh wow, double blessed!!

Sandra said...

this is a total Wow moment in that last shot. the first one with your dog, touched my heart, i love all things dogs and that have 4 legs. awesome shot and a one in a life time