The miracle

It’s early. Very early.

The fog hangs in soft veils as I sneak outside, camera in hand.

Suddenly, a screech rips the sky in two to reveal

A single heron soaring in the blue dawn.

He is joined by two more  – a feast for tired eyes.

They whirl, they dance, they leave me breathless

And speechless

Until they fade into the happily ever after

Of a new day.

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79 responses

  1. Jim

    Fi, I really needed this today….thanks.
    I bet these herons also ‘feel’ the same some mornings as they are approaching a new day.
    You may be ‘speechless’ but that last photo has left be ‘breathless’.

    September 12, 2011 at 15:58

  2. Oh, how beautiful, the morning has greeted you. So peaceful and tranquil. An artist’s paintings!

    September 12, 2011 at 16:07

  3. STUNNING!! I think I like these even better than the sunset pics.

    September 12, 2011 at 16:14

  4. Awesome shots, beautiful colours and words that talk to the souls – An inspiring start of the day.

    September 12, 2011 at 16:17

  5. “Blue Dawn”…I love that.
    This is so beautiful…a lovely way to start my morning!

    September 12, 2011 at 17:12

  6. Jen

    There is a feeling of awesomeness when you go out early in the morning. Can you imagine, these birds get to feel that every morning. I am so glad that you took these photos. Have been encouraging myself to slip out of bed early all summer, LOL. But late night Bootsie cat wakeup calls have made me so tired in the early mornings, this might just be the incentive I need.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    September 12, 2011 at 17:12

  7. They seem to be enjoying themselves!

    September 12, 2011 at 17:29

  8. I adore this, and love nature. The mornings are so calm and peaceful. Thanks

    September 12, 2011 at 17:29

  9. Beautiful, dreamy images. I particularly like the third image: the lovely blue sandwiched between golden sky and reflection – birds in silhouette. Gorgeous!

    September 12, 2011 at 18:03

  10. Such beautiful images, I almost feel I was with you on this misty morning and surely wish that I had been.

    September 12, 2011 at 18:09

  11. Amazing.. just amazing!! i love your pictures and i love the words accompanying the picture..:-D

    September 12, 2011 at 18:33

  12. wow. great snaps…the warm glow of sun tinging the edges of the fog…really a lovely caopture and a great view to start the day

    September 12, 2011 at 18:38

  13. Lovely, dreamy pictures… Wonderful.

    September 12, 2011 at 18:46

  14. imac

    Wonderful, worthwhile early morn rise.

    September 12, 2011 at 18:57

  15. Gorgeous!!!

    September 12, 2011 at 19:04

  16. Beautiful words and images. That last photo is outstanding! A watercolor affect!

    September 12, 2011 at 19:46

  17. love the mist and the colors – and what an awesome experience first thing in the morning!

    September 12, 2011 at 20:09

  18. I will join those herons into the happily ever after of this new day you speak of:-)

    September 12, 2011 at 20:32

  19. These are absolutely breathtaking shots. Gorgeous.

    September 12, 2011 at 21:34

  20. The blue and golden hues in this photo are so beautiful! Soothing. Your words also.

    September 12, 2011 at 22:40

  21. Mo


    September 12, 2011 at 22:53

  22. Oh just lovely. Sunrise photos are really so stunning. The stillness is tangible even here. Well done!

    September 13, 2011 at 00:15

  23. Stunning. A feast, indeed :)))) xx

    September 13, 2011 at 00:58

  24. Gorgeous!

    September 13, 2011 at 01:25

  25. this word-photo vignette is one of my favorites if not my all time fav. it’s worth noting how large a slice of life one can cut from the simplest of moments and eternal truths.

    September 13, 2011 at 01:36

  26. such a healing post!

    Aloha from Waikiki;

    Comfort Spiral



    September 13, 2011 at 02:05

  27. These photos are like Japanese paintings depicting profound beauty and serenity. The herons look expressing their joy and praise of life. Thank you for the soothing effect on my heart, ladyfi.

    September 13, 2011 at 03:55

  28. When those big birds,rather ungainly looking on the ground rise and soar so gracefully it really is a small miracle. Thanks for sharing.

    September 13, 2011 at 03:55

  29. Fantastic shots LadyFi. I hope the mosquitos were not too bad while you were capturing those flying.

    September 13, 2011 at 05:26

  30. Breathtaking captures as always, Ladyfi! I always look forward to the beautiful photos of your world and you never disappoint! I do hope you’re enjoying a great week! Thank you for being a part of Our World!!


    September 13, 2011 at 06:05

  31. That is just so beautiful. Thank you for a post I needed.

    September 13, 2011 at 06:42

  32. Oh my! Truly the glory of the morning, the colours and atmospheric effects are amazing and your commentary is so very fitting as well.
    I am overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of this post.
    Thank you for sharing with the rest of us in Our World.

    September 13, 2011 at 06:43

  33. Beautifully artistic series of images.

    September 13, 2011 at 06:45

  34. Very beautiful view, delicious light. Spectacular.

    September 13, 2011 at 07:44

  35. Terrific captures.

    September 13, 2011 at 09:05

  36. Yes, I echo the above comments. Beautiful shots.

    September 13, 2011 at 09:26

  37. My goodness, this is poetry in images… Just look at those colours and the setting, that mist gives the landscape an enchanting feeling…
    I so love your photography.
    I am trying to catch up after a short trp to UK, it sends its regards.;)

    September 13, 2011 at 09:40

  38. Gorgeous pictures !!

    September 13, 2011 at 10:22

  39. Lovely captures of the herons in the fog. I love to be up and about in the early morning fog. Your photos are gorgeous.

    September 13, 2011 at 11:07

  40. yes, this is truly a mistery morning. :)

    September 13, 2011 at 11:12

  41. Hi there – those pictures really are very good. Love the way its a blend of black and white and colour all at the same time.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Australia

    September 13, 2011 at 11:53

  42. So beautiful and peaceful, love your photos.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:53

  43. What glorious photos! Thank you for sharing them with us!

    September 13, 2011 at 13:28

  44. Magnificent! I LOOOOVE the merging of sky, water, land – and those unbelievable colours!! A truly perfect moment …

    September 13, 2011 at 14:38

  45. Peaceful photographs. I love the different colors and the drama of the birds flying.

    September 13, 2011 at 14:38

  46. Beautiful photos and beautiful sentence like a poet.:)

    September 13, 2011 at 15:29

  47. The colours of your photos are so exquisite and tender!

    September 13, 2011 at 15:40

  48. What a wonderful gift to capture, beautiful photo’s, and I bet it really made your day.

    September 13, 2011 at 15:43

  49. They’re spectacular aren’t they? Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    September 13, 2011 at 16:07

  50. Whoa! Magical captures.

    September 13, 2011 at 16:33

  51. Al

    Fantastic shots – both the scenery and the birds are awesome.

    September 13, 2011 at 18:49

  52. Just amazing photos!

    September 13, 2011 at 20:09

  53. I’d have that third photo on my wall. Beautiful.

    September 13, 2011 at 20:23

  54. What a beautiful morning.. great colors and so peaceful. I love your pictures:-)

    September 13, 2011 at 22:02

  55. Stunning color and images. What a gorgeous morning gift you were given. :)

    September 13, 2011 at 22:11

  56. JM

    WOW! These are magical. Absolutely stunning.

    September 13, 2011 at 22:35

  57. your photos are absolutely magical lady Fi…breathtaking!

    September 13, 2011 at 23:50

  58. Totally awesome photos and leaving me speechless! ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor)

    September 14, 2011 at 01:10

  59. Oh, Fi – You live in a fairy-land, and share it with us. Sometimes, I get tears in my eyes reading your posts and seeing those gorgeous photos of the lake.

    September 14, 2011 at 04:01

  60. Your photos have me speechless.

    September 14, 2011 at 04:22

  61. How could you take this kind of pictures! Am I seeing a real world or a dream ? One thing for sure is it took hours to come here to leave my admiration passing through so many admirers.

    September 14, 2011 at 07:25

  62. Amazing! What a wonderful way to enter a new day:)

    My Yatra Diary…

    September 14, 2011 at 07:47

  63. Nature is a great great theater!! I want to gaze at you photos all day long. Especially the third one is so beautiful!! Your photos made me speechless.
    Have a great day!

    September 14, 2011 at 17:17

  64. Those blues leaning towards turquoise and the mist above are spectacular. A place to sit and meditate every morning.

    September 14, 2011 at 17:55

  65. What lovely images and what a superb post!

    September 14, 2011 at 19:01

  66. What a gift. Thanks for sharing your miraculous moment.

    September 14, 2011 at 19:06

  67. I am never up early enough to witness such beautiful sights as these stunning views.:)

    September 14, 2011 at 19:40

  68. HOORAY!

    September 14, 2011 at 23:06

  69. Very poetic Fi. I like your photos too. Fog adds mystery to photios I think – Dave

    September 15, 2011 at 07:32

  70. Wonderful photos, very nice mood and colors

    September 15, 2011 at 18:50

  71. I am speechless- WHAT A SIGHT!! You are so blessed…

    September 16, 2011 at 05:19

  72. These are magnificent morning colours!

    September 16, 2011 at 11:39

  73. oh , thank you so so much!
    apologies and request for grace as I’ve been away from the blog world. I hope all is well with you as well. I miss your posts, I do. I hope to catch up now that there is more of a routine with school etc.
    Mostly I have been in family stuff, as the situation with my mom , and by extension all of us extended family, estranged or otherwise has both unravelled, and come together. As well as the alzheimer’s , she has late stage lung cancer, just found, and is in hospital and I’ve been going back and forth when possible ( about 4 hours away).
    Anyway, this is a season , no? Bittersweet and trying and yet so full of beauty and grace that it does take my breath away.. Truly.

    sending hugs and gratitude and wishes for peace to you as well,


    September 16, 2011 at 16:34

  74. It seems that fog forbid us making noise. Very beautiful blue dawn. And very beautiful pale pink dawn and orange dawn. I moved the changing of morning light in a short turm. Thank you for sharing this stunning post!

    September 17, 2011 at 09:53

  75. Oh how beautiful. I love herons and the colours in theses images just add to their magic.

    September 18, 2011 at 05:13

  76. ds

    Beautiful words to go with exquisite photographs. They could be Japanese prints–such color!

    September 18, 2011 at 08:14

  77. Great story told with photos!

    September 18, 2011 at 11:31

  78. Lovely herons in the misty dawn.

    September 18, 2011 at 18:27

  79. the pics look like my back yard
    I love your poetry

    September 20, 2011 at 18:47

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