Monday, March 07, 2016

We Are Early Risers

We always get up before the sun. We don't have to. We're retired. But we always rise while it is still dark. One of us will turn the kettle on for tea and put the bread in the toaster. I always open the blinds so we can watch the sun rise. It has been rainy and gray for quite a while this winter, but often there is a sunrise worth running outside for and rejoicing.

This is what the winter skies gave us early risers in February.






The light between storms is a beautiful thing, definitely worth getting out of bed for and standing in the cold to snap a few photos.
And just in case you're wondering, this is what the skies have looked like here for most of the winter. It's easy to see why I run out at the first hint of warm sunlit skies.



19 comments:

  1. I started life living and then working on a farm. Early rising is now so ingrained that I wake up at 6, even on my days off. Sometimes it's worth it but there's also a lot of grey skies here too.

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  2. Greaat series of photos, I love seeing sunrises and I get up at six every morning to give the dog it's meds and unload the bread maker. It's a great time of the day

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  3. We also arise early which generally means by 5. I sometimes forget to open the blinds before the sunrise but most of the time it's not much to see. Big trees block us seeing its first appearance. (we go to bed early too)

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  4. John-- I can't imagine sleeping with the sun already up, and yet I know that people do it. I do think people have their own inner clocks and rhythms, and there are people who are actually "night people." Yikes!

    Bill-- I'm so glad you like these photos. There is something about a colorful sunrise that makes the beginning of a day so wonderful. Do you make your own bread? I did for many years, but stopped when we were living in the Sierra foothills. Too too hot for turning the oven on

    Rain-- Now that really is EARLY! I often first wake at 5:00 or so, but I try to go back to sleep until 6:00. We go to bed early too. For us, 9:30 is staying up late.

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  5. You know me -- I am NOT an early riser. I know I'm missing out on some gorgeous sun rises, but nothing beats waking up, turning on the heater, and getting back into bed for more dreaming.

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  6. Me too on early mornings. Love seeing the earth come alive. How nice that you and roger enjoy the same schedule. So many married don't

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  7. Tara-- Sometimes I wish I could just stay in the warm comfy bed and get more Zs. But our internal clocks just start buzzing with the sun.

    Arkansas Patti-- It is a wonderful thing to watch the morning light come up over the mountains. Good point about enjoying the same schedule. We are lucky!

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  8. I’ve become an early riser by habit, though not by nature. I will give an Amen to runnng out at the first sign of light, though. Being able to take advantage of a break in the clouds is the best part of being retired here in the Pacific Northwest.

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  9. I know so many early risers but alas, I'm not one of them. I mean, I get up by 5:45 during the week, but I need an alarm for it. Maybe when I retire I will become a sunrise greeter.

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  10. Loren-- Yes! I often say that to Roger about the best part of being retired. We can run outside and look around whenever the sun comes out. Such splendid freedom.

    lindaj-- When we were working, we had our clock radio set to Morning Edition, and that's what woke us every morning. I think work is tiring and doesn't allow for the inherent internal clock of your nature. It will be fun to see how life will change on the other side of retirement.

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  11. One of us is an early riser. My husband is up even before the sun in winter and has to wait for daylight to take the dog outside.

    Not me. After years of having to become a fake morning person in order to get to work, I can now return to my real Circadian rhythm. Stay up late and sleep in.

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  12. Love your February sky photos. Your north coast morning sky is so much like the sky in Bellingham, with most early morning light filtered through a heavy cloud cover (and in recent years here, fog), but when there is a mixture of clouds and clear sky -- Wow! My least favorite time of year is when the sun rises after I wake up at around 5 a.m. We are so far north here that that happens in late spring and early summer. I love waking up in the dark and waiting for sunrise. It didn't used to be that way. I used to work evenings and nights and sleep half the day away. No more. It is sweet, too, this time of year to hear the birds before sunrise. Something new in the darkness is that young people who run at about 6 a.m. wear headlamps. It's a delight to watch their bobbing lights move along the trail as they run past Scudder Pond on their way into Whatcom Falls Park.

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  13. NCmountainwoman-- It is so interesting thinking about circadian rhythms. I think work schedules tend to make our bodies conform to timelines that they normally wouldn't. And, they make us do that for a very long time. It's a wonderful thing to let our bodies own internal rhythms be expressed. Some of us are early risers, some of us are more tuned to the night. Isn't it wild?

    am-- We love waking up in the dark and anticipating the arrival of the morning light too. It pulls us from our bed. Often I run outside barefoot, wearing only a tee-shirt and sweatpants, to watch the sun come up. I've done that in the snow! Love love love the sunrise.

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  14. Those are some nice sunrise shots. Sunrises are one of the benefits of getting up early, but I have to admit to being more of a night person. I just wish we could see the sun set from here, or from our new house. A few days ago we drove up onto the mountain we can see from our deck and from our new front porch. It was right at sunset, and we found that some of the many houses on that mountain have a great view towards the west. There was a lot for sale up there (as if we would consider building yet another house). It was four times as much as we paid for the same amount of land where we're now building.

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  15. Those beautiful sunrises were worth the wait! Such gorgeous photos, and the sky all different colors. I wonder why sometimes the light is golden, sometimes pink, sometimes orange.
    No sunrise vistas here, living in a bowl with trees close around. I do love to rise early and walk my dogs in the dark (wearing a headlamp). This morning, a cardinal was the first bird to wake. It's such a gift to be out in the woods and hear the first peeps of waking birds.

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  16. Mark-- We have thought about building a tower so we can have a full 360 degree view. With a second story, we could almost watch the sun sink into the ocean. I truly understand that desire to see out as far as you can. Can you build a nice tall tower on your property to increase the view? Glad you liked these photos.

    CCorax-- That's such a great question. Why the different colors? I have no idea. Of course now I'm going to spend the day googling around to find an answer. Love it! It is a gift to be out in the woods to hear the first chirp of the morning birds. Sounds like the perfect way to start the day.

    Pablo-- Yes!

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  17. I love them all, but I REALLY love the fifth one. Something about the awesome pitch black silhouette of that leafless tree against the amazing colors behind it.

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  18. Pat-- I'm so glad you liked that photo. It's a little south of where the sun actually comes up over the coast range, but the colors were too beautiful to not click a pic!

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