Dawn gold

Something woke me up far too early (before 5 am).

Perhaps it was the golden silence

Calling my name;

Dawn 1

Or the beaver in the lake

As he swam through watery clouds.

Dawn 3

Perhaps it was the glory

Of a new day whispering:

Do not miss a single golden moment.

Dawn copy

For more gold, please visit: Skywatch.

98 responses

  1. ah would be pretty cool to watch the beaver…i think it is just the awe you get standing in front of the art of a master painter you know…smiles.

    May 9, 2013 at 13:48

  2. Fantastiska bilder! GIllar er lilla brygga vilket varit med på många vackra bilder.
    Awsome to have Beaver in the lake.
    Have a nice weekend!

    May 9, 2013 at 14:51

  3. What a beautiful scene! Well worth waking up before 5 am.

    May 9, 2013 at 15:07

  4. Beautiful pics as always. I love your lake.

    May 9, 2013 at 15:08

  5. I am glad you listened LadyFi:-)

    May 9, 2013 at 15:26

  6. Good catch, seem to like the roof! Greetings.

    May 9, 2013 at 15:36

  7. mtwaggin

    Lovely, but I have to ask, what is on the dock?

    May 9, 2013 at 15:48

  8. Oh my gosh, these are breathtaking! You have a gift.

    May 9, 2013 at 15:53

  9. Truly a golden morning there at your little slice of heaven! :)

    May 9, 2013 at 15:58

  10. Absolutely gorgeous – what a promising start to your day (and now to ours, virtually speaking!):-) Actually, though I was inexplicably wide awake and working on my latest post till midnight last night, I too was gently awakened at dawn this morning (5:30 in my case) – I suppose so I took wouldn’t miss a single golden moment of our own pretty sunrise – which wasn’t nearly as pretty as yours. Those clouds are especially lovely, and make these look like paintings. Even better is the reflection of them, and that glorious color, in the placid water!

    Good eagle eye, spotting that swimming beaver! (An early morning commuter!):-)

    May 9, 2013 at 15:59

  11. Pat

    The ligh you capture in your photos is amazing!

    May 9, 2013 at 16:04

  12. snow is gone but the glow continues

    May 9, 2013 at 16:10

  13. A glorious way to begin any day and you’ve captured it so perfectly! These are truly breathtaking, Fiona! That glow seems to reach out and enfold me! What a wonderful beginning for my day as well! Thank you!

    May 9, 2013 at 16:16

  14. I love that golden skies, and the lakes……………..

    May 9, 2013 at 16:26

  15. Liquid gold, the good kind.

    May 9, 2013 at 16:29

  16. just glorious, once again!

    May 9, 2013 at 16:37

  17. Wow! Mother Nature is so beautiful in your Excellent photography ~ Enjoy ^_^

    thanks for visiting ^_^

    May 9, 2013 at 17:39

  18. TheChieftess

    I would have slept right through that whispered message! Probably the reason you get so many great sunrise shots and I don’t!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

    May 9, 2013 at 17:42

  19. Thank you for your nice comment in Rantenhagen. It’s Great sky images you show!

    May 9, 2013 at 17:44

  20. I wouldn’t mind being waken up early for that view! How lucky are you?!

    May 9, 2013 at 18:20

  21. Beautiful reflections Fiona, is the lake really close by? I don’t mind the 5am start if I don’t have to travel too far. ..

    May 9, 2013 at 18:22

  22. Don

    AaaH! The lake – good to see it again.

    May 9, 2013 at 18:35

  23. That first photo actually made me gasp! Just extraordinary! Wow!

    May 9, 2013 at 18:35

  24. Aaaaaaah dear Fiona, this post is divine, soooooooooooooo beautiful captures! Well done, wish I were there.
    Greetings to you from Norway

    May 9, 2013 at 18:35

  25. These early spring days are the days we wake up early in order not to miss a moment…the lack of sleep is so worth it.

    I’ve been meaning to ask, you said you shoot in raw, are you resizing your images before posting? I’ve ignored that for far too long, and never resized anything..wondering if I should be.


    May 9, 2013 at 18:37

  26. These are heavenly sights!

    May 9, 2013 at 18:56

  27. There’s something special about being there before the rest of humanity wakes, and enjoying the silence and the beauty.


    May 9, 2013 at 18:58

  28. I’m often awakened by the glory of a new day whispering:) Lovely photos!

    May 9, 2013 at 19:23

  29. Eileen

    Love reflection captures. I would like to see the beaver swimming thru the watery clouds. Beautiful photos, happy Skywatching!

    May 9, 2013 at 19:36

  30. The sky is very beautiful and you captured such wonderful reflections.

    May 9, 2013 at 20:03

  31. Oh! You are like my husband, even he wakes up real early some days. Beautiful shots.

    May 9, 2013 at 20:38

  32. Jim

    Ah-h! The stillness.

    May 9, 2013 at 21:13

  33. I love the clouds!

    May 9, 2013 at 22:31

  34. It was your camera, wanting to be carried and used!:-) Stunning photos. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

    May 9, 2013 at 22:49

  35. beautiful post, and lovely sky shots.

    May 9, 2013 at 22:59

  36. What lovely photos! Such a beautiful dawn!

    May 9, 2013 at 23:32

  37. Beautiful photos and the words are just delightful, filled with magical wonder:-)

    May 9, 2013 at 23:38

  38. Beautiful early morning warmth and calmness- truly meditative!

    May 10, 2013 at 00:25

  39. Al

    That’s worth waking up early for – great shots!

    May 10, 2013 at 02:31

  40. If I went outside before 5, I wouldn’t be able to see my hand in front of my face. What a magical golden light!

    May 10, 2013 at 03:41

  41. Great collection of photos, I love the beaver swimming across the lake. Its been years since I’ve seen that.

    May 10, 2013 at 03:59

  42. Happy Thursday!

    May 10, 2013 at 04:06

  43. Beautiful pictures! I haven’t been outdoors that early in a while; guess I should try it.

    May 10, 2013 at 04:15

  44. Simply beautiful. I love dawn – and this was a joy. Thank you.

    May 10, 2013 at 05:49

  45. I would have to get up before 5am if this is what greeted me, too! Beautiful!

    May 10, 2013 at 06:01

  46. Jim

    These are so beautiful.

    May 10, 2013 at 07:18

  47. Wonderful set of images, love the reflection.

    May 10, 2013 at 07:27

  48. glorious soft morning.

    May 10, 2013 at 07:31

  49. Golden silence… excellent!!

    May 10, 2013 at 08:00

  50. Morgonstund har guld i mund…as we say in swedish ! Lucky you did get up to a gorgeous morning !

    May 10, 2013 at 08:53

  51. cloudia

    Those mare’s tail clouds are soul gold calling MY name!:-)


    May 10, 2013 at 09:38

  52. Perfect views and sky!
    Thanks for dropping by:)

    May 10, 2013 at 09:49

  53. Very beautiful photos for SWF!Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend!

    May 10, 2013 at 10:07

  54. Gorgeous morning.. Loved the title name of this post:-)

    May 10, 2013 at 10:48

  55. Gorgeous golden skies.

    May 10, 2013 at 11:34

  56. What ever woke you up, I’m glad it did, because it gave you awonderful opportunity to make these great shots.
    Thanks for sharing.

    May 10, 2013 at 11:49

  57. Wau – where some beautiful pictures:) Hanne Bente

    May 10, 2013 at 12:28

  58. Ah, the joy of being woken by an excited beaver.
    Great photos. Lovely post. Thanks for sharing.

    May 10, 2013 at 12:47

  59. A nice calming start to my Friday. Lovely.

    May 10, 2013 at 12:47

  60. Whatever it was that woke you up, I sure am glad it did.
    These are really beautiful, and surely worth getting up early for.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    May 10, 2013 at 13:20

  61. So serene.

    May 10, 2013 at 13:39

  62. Absolutely beautiful!

    May 10, 2013 at 14:15

  63. I wonder whether the beaver enjoyed his swim? He should have done…

    May 10, 2013 at 14:34

  64. Wow- those are just awesome shots..

    May 10, 2013 at 15:18

  65. Liz

    Beautiful captures. Happy sky watching.

    My sky.

    May 10, 2013 at 18:57

  66. What a beautiful morning, love the colors and reflections!

    May 10, 2013 at 19:34

  67. Hudson Howl

    Sunrise, crisp air, stellar reflections and of course one friendly genus Castor strolling home after a long night of doing Beaver shtufffs. Your pictures and words put new meaning to ‘when nature calls’.

    Beavers and loons are synonymous with wild and wilderness, so a slap of the tail or shrilling cry go hand in hand with sunrises such as this. Who could not stand on the shore of your lake at 5 am and NOT think this is worth fostering, this is worth caring for. This should remain so one’s children and their children’s children will be able to connect to nature as you do -am sure you must think that? Your images, in addition to saying ‘look at this’, they say ‘hear this’.

    Beavers were once extinct in Sweden around the turn of the century weren’t they? I guess that is not the case all these decades later.

    May 10, 2013 at 20:09

    • I had no idea beavers were extinct over here. I do love connecting to nature and think it’s essential we preserve this for our children and their children.

      Lady Fi wrote: > New comment on your post “Dawn gold” > Author : Hudson Howl (IP: , bm-3096919421.relaybm.bell.ca) > E-mail : hudson@beyondplumcreek.com > URL : > Whois : http://whois.arin.net/rest/ip/

      May 11, 2013 at 08:06

  68. So serene, and so full of promise. Beautiful words to accompany equally beautiful pictures. A dawn sky is not one I often see, so this is even more of a treat for me.

    May 10, 2013 at 20:44

  69. A beaver in a lake and Oscar wasn’t chasing him? Seems like a game that would be hard to resist. Beautiful morning captured, as always, beautifully.

    May 10, 2013 at 22:36

  70. such glorious photos my friend!

    happy weekend~

    May 10, 2013 at 22:38

  71. breathting shots!

    May 10, 2013 at 22:39

  72. oops! i meant to say…breathtaking!!
    sorry for the typo.

    May 10, 2013 at 22:40

  73. I will never tire of seeing sunrise or sunsets! Beautiful…btw…love your tee shirt that says…I’m blogging about this…very cute!

    May 10, 2013 at 22:56

  74. The poetry of Nature thru your eyes and your words make a perfect harmonic moment! Have a great weekend.

    May 10, 2013 at 23:14

  75. pretty and soft

    May 11, 2013 at 00:38

  76. So wunderful photos! Love them all!

    May 11, 2013 at 00:50

  77. Dawn is so spectacu;ar in a quiet, amazing way. Love these shots and your beautiful lines. Thank you.

    May 11, 2013 at 01:42

  78. The beaver can be a great personal trainer . What a day–one well worth getting up for!

    May 11, 2013 at 03:53

  79. What a beautiful morning on the lake..well worth missing sleep for! No ice there either!:)

    May 11, 2013 at 04:55

  80. How beautiful. The gold is precious.

    May 11, 2013 at 06:45

  81. what a lovely moment in time to capture😉 thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on my blog

    May 11, 2013 at 09:04

  82. Beautiful, I like these very muche!
    Happy weekend!

    May 11, 2013 at 12:02

  83. What shimmering, peaceful images! Very calming!

    «Louis» thanks you for your visit to San Francisco Bay Daily Photo.

    May 11, 2013 at 13:12

  84. JM

    Every photo of yours is like a painting! A good one.

    May 11, 2013 at 13:20

  85. I am glad you woke up early to catch this beautiful golden moment! They are gorgeous!

    May 11, 2013 at 13:22

  86. Stunning shots! SO beautiful- I admire your photography skills!

    May 11, 2013 at 13:34

  87. So amazing and breathtaking. I LOVE the way the golden sky reflects off of the water’s surface.

    May 11, 2013 at 14:50

  88. Breath taking reflections

    May 11, 2013 at 16:25

  89. Beautiful colors and reflections, stunning photos

    May 11, 2013 at 16:47

  90. Liz

    Absolutely stunning images!! Love those reflections!

    May 11, 2013 at 17:59

  91. So worth waking early! Thank you for sharing your perfect morning.

    May 13, 2013 at 15:58

  92. wow, it must be fun being there…:)

    May 13, 2013 at 20:30

  93. You are amazing! as your photos! =)

    May 14, 2013 at 12:27

  94. What a wonderful picture…..To think, if you had not been awake we would not be able to enjoy the peace on your lake through your art.

    May 15, 2013 at 23:33

  95. All the three are equally excellent.

    May 18, 2013 at 19:39

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