My mother called very early yesterday morning. I expected it on January 9th because it was Mayhem’s birthday and Mom always calls first thing in the morning to wish her grandchildren a Happy Birthday. I was not expecting an early call a few days later; so when I saw the caller ID I admit to panicking a bit. Last year was not a good year health- wise for either my Mom or my step-Dad… sooo yeah. Fortunately, she was just calling to alert me to the dawn. She also calls for “rainbow alerts”, and gorgeous sunsets, and unusual bird sightings – outside of our usual conversations. I will miss that when she passes, which won’t be for awhile yet if I have anything to say about it (which I don’t, but still…).
I threw on a jacket, grabbed my camera, and headed outside in my slippers to the back yard. Our property abuts the dike along the Westfield River, facing southwest(ish) if you’re looking directly out my kitchen door – so the sun actually rises in the winter just outside of left frame in the first three pictures, and well outside of left frame in the fourth. Behind the dike is a cornfield, then the treeline along the river. The next 4 pictures you see are a sort of “pan” from left to right. The sky was just beautiful yesterday morning. By the time I got to work it had clouded over completely and later there was a freezing rain to drive home in. But the lovely start more than made up for it. I hope you enjoy the pictures.