Friday, July 12, 2013

Morning Gold

There's something magical about a summer morning
just after the whip-poor-will has silenced its strident song
and before the glowing sun has appeared over the hill. 

It's then that we see some of the more reclusive creatures that inhabit our forest,
 like the bobcat that appeared recently.  
Yesterday, at first light, a family of raccoons scrambled down one tree 
and up another, four small masked fluff balls following a larger one, 
their striped tails broadcasting their identity.

It's only early in the morning that we see the big bucks; 
they visit occasionally,
and long before the sun comes up they melt back into the woods.

The Italians have a phrase, "Il mattino ha l'oro in bocca" 
which corresponds loosely to our adage "the early bird gets the worm".  
Literally, it translates, "the morning has gold in its mouth".
I like that thought, and I think it's true.

There's another thing that's golden about the morning.
The ancient Jewish prophet Jeremiah wrote,

"The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is His faithfulness;
His mercies begin afresh each morning."

As long ago as those words were written,
they are just as true today,
just as they always will be.

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Sandra said...

Beautiful captures, Connie. That fluffy raccoon with its little paw on its face! The beautiful deer with a lovely sheen on their tan coats and antlers outstretched to the sky. That golden sunrise just takes my breath away. It's my favourite time of the day!

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Connie, Wonderful captures at the break of day. (all 3) and the words of Jeremiah are as true today as they were all those years ago. Have a great weekend. Margaret

Digi-Irma said...

Hi Connie,
Beautiful pictures of the beginning of a new day.
The last picture I find totally awesome!
Regards, Irma

Deanna said...

What a beautiful start to my morning...thank you for these lovelies!!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Awesome photos! I love the shot of the raccoon. Really like that Italian quote as well!

Lisa Gordon said...

These are truly so beautiful, Connie.
How wonderful to have all of these magnificent creatures around you.

Have a great weekend!

eileeninmd said...

wow, gorgeous lighting! I loved all of these images, The raccoon is cute, the deer are pretty and the sunset is magical. Happy weekend to you!

Noushka said...

Absolutely gorgeous shots!
I love the racoon's gesture and the dears are magnificent... quite different from ours!
Cheers enjoy you WE!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Gorgeous shots!

Jennifer Richardson said...

I love the loveliness
that surrounds you.
thanks for sharing the joy
of your early morning discoveries,

Anonymous said...

Beautiful wildlife captures. The sunrise scene is spectacular.

DeniseinVA said...

Beautiful photos!

Lui said...

Connie, what blessings to have them! Have a great week!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

You are so right about the Summer mornings and the beauty they bring...I think that you and I had some similar expressions gifted us this past week. Happy week to you~

Frank said...

A lovely way to start the day. Excellent post Connie.

Jodi said...

I'm always encouraged when I visit here; encouraged in the Word and encouraged that there are still beautiful, undeveloped (i.e. no shopping centers) places in this country of ours.

S. Etole said...

Those rascally raccoons are so cute but they can sure get into mischief.