2013 Project 365

Project 365/168 – Awakening with the Dawn

Wootons19jun13-3224-EditOne of the curses, and sometimes blessings of getting older is that a good night sleep begins to escape you. Waking up at four in the morning, and tossing and turning for an hour kicked started me on my adventure earlier than I had expected.

But good fortune was to be had as a rain storm has passed the late afternoon before and a glorious sunrise began a wonderful day. It has been a while since I’ve had a chance to bird, and I wanted to take advantage of the cooler morning. So down the country lanes I drove in the wee hours of the morning. The sun rising brilliantly over the freshly dewed wheat fields.

Wootons19jun13-3233Several readers mentioned with the Flutter By post that they have missed seeing butterflies this season. As I haven’t really payed attention to when they come out in Maryland, I kept an eye out for a new one to share.


Eastern Black Swallowtail – Black Phase, Female

And of course I have to find a barn for Drake of Le Drake Noir


The birds amazingly did not disappoint. It was harder to find them as migration and breeding season is over. And the trees are filled with leaves. So more patience was required, but it paid off well. A tally of 42 species for the day, with one new one for me. Here is a sampling of the day’s discoveries for Jerry of Quiet Solo Pursuits to enjoy.

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The best highlight of the day for me was when I arrived to the horse farm, a Red Tail Fox was at the wood’s edge. I’ve seen them here before, but never have my big lens and camera ready to capture them. Today was my lucky day.


I must say that I’m absolutely loving my new camera. It’s fantastically sharp and handles ISO noise so well. Even though it is a full frame sensor versus a crop sensor, I’m not missing that in-camera crop at all.

Hope you had a lovely day as well ! Bella

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  1. I just love what you do Bella. Start to finish, text, images, motivation/reverie/spiritus, and your ability to make us all fell like we are right THERE, seeingit all with you. Thru’ your lens. Makes my day every time you post!

  2. beautiful captures ! they flow like a fresh spring of color across a peaceful meadow –

    and yes – getting older is not for the wimpy – but it can often let you glimpse the birth of a new day that so many will miss

  3. Before I forget, thanks for the shout out!

    Old??? Wait another twenty years, then you can start talking about getting older.

    I can see why you’re liking the new camera, all the shots are excellent, the sunrise is spectacular, almost the equal of your recent sunset photo.

    • LOL ! Please..don’t want to think that far out. I’m suffering as it is. I like this sunrise, but am looking forward to next month so I can capture one in Maine to go along with that sunset pic. Thank you so much for your kind words.

  4. Gorgeous photographs Bella. Your birdy pictures are stunnung as well. I love waking up at the crack of sparrows but when I do the kids are still fast asleep so I am limited to the garden. 🙂

    • Actually none of these are HDR either pre or post. They’ve been edited in Lightroom and Nik Color Efex Pro. Most liked filters are the detail extractor and brilliance/warmth. Also use the grad ND filter. Hope this helps.

  5. Stunning as always… beautiful sunrise (feel free to send a copy to go beside the sunset!) 😉 heh heh sorry, couldn’t resist but joking of course! 😀 Wonderful shots all of them, what a great way to start the day! 🙂

      • Ah bless you, that’s so lovely of you! Of course I’d love to have one to go beside the other, that would look awesome but let me pay you for it this time or it wouldn’t be fair! 🙂

        • I’m not very good at doing things like that… I wouldn’t want to feel I was taking advantage of your wonderful nature, that’s why I said I’d pay so I’m afraid you’ll either have to let me know how much for the print and the postage or it will just have to materialise in my letterbox one day! Thank you so much though, for the thought, you’re wonderful! 🙂

  6. Absolutely beautiful sunrise! I enjoyed seeing all the pictures on this post as well as the picture Perpetua reblog, which is stunning. Bella, thank you for sharing your talent. Pam

  7. Wonderful post! Today I felt as though I was on the early morning drive with you enjoying the sights, smells and sounds – amazingly good photography. The grass is terrific, wow what depth and interesting colors, love the slide show, very cool and the birds just beautiful – especially in flight, and the fox – poor little guy looks too skinny. A great way to start my day today!

    • How you would love to be along with me on these adventures. You the painter, me the photographer. The world is our oyster.
      Actually, the fox looks really good for a wild animal. I’m always tempted to leave cat food out for him so I can see him more often, but probably not a great idea.

      • You are so right – would love the whole idea of discovery from two different perspectives of photography and painting. I like how you explore the world around you. We think there might be a bobcat hanging around our place at night – makes me a bit nervous. We have a rabbit who has decided to live at in our yard and he has been scared to come out. Yesterday I coxed him out and he was a happy little guy hopping around munching on all our greenery ~ a fox though, I don’t know about that one.

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