It was sunny yesterday, for the first time in I don’t know how long, so I thought I’d take a walk in the early morning light. The sun had only just risen; its light had only just turned from coral to gold. I think it took me about fifteen minutes to go the first 100 feet. After that I calmed down a little, but as I walked away from the house it seemed that the picture opportunities just got better with every step I took.

Light Comes to the Shadows.
Light Comes to the Shadows.

Ten feet and ten photos later, it got better.

Towering Beauty
Towering Beauty

From that point, I sought the first moments of light all around me.

A Quick Glimpse
A Quick Glimpse
Brushing the Hillside
Brushing the Hillside
Glory-Touched
Glory-Touched

Down in a small valley, roots practically in the stream, I saw them, leaning toward the sun.

Light's First Kiss
Light’s First Kiss

Birch trees, their tips a dull burgundy, are transformed into spring-like life.

Painted by the Sun
Painted by the Sun

Talk about an island in the sun.

Island of Light
Island of Light

I glanced up and caught them. The others had already got on with things, but these stayed until the end.

Sun Bathers
Sun Bathers

I was momentarily distracted by a glow seen briefly out of the corner of my eye.

Momentarily Made Lovely
Momentarily Made Lovely

A few feet down the road, I was drawn back upward to the sun bathers in the treetop.

Last Moments of the Morning Bath
Last Moments of the Morning Bath

As I watched, one of the ravens leaned in to the other as if to say something.

The Sun is Up
The Sun is Up

Heigh ho, heigh ho ….

Time to Start the Day
Time to Start the Day

As I was preparing the photos for this post, I realised that I posted on this day last year as well. It seems that a year ago today I shared sunsets. Today, as if to continue the circle, I share a walk in the early morning sun – a sun still coloured by its rising.

There’s a marvelous symmetry in that. The book has been closed on 2013 and 2014 is now fully begun. The sun has set only to rise again 365 times, as it has for 50 years of my life; as it has on every day of every life for some four billion years.

In the dawn of a new day, life continues to move forward. The sun will continue to rise and next year, it will still be setting every day.

It’s time to get on with living my life the way I want to live it.

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