Early one morning…

…just as the sun was rising.


I am not an early riser. Never have been. I’m a night owl. Even as a child you’d find me reading under the blanket with a torch long after I was supposed to be asleep. So the weekly photo challenge  to take a photograph early in the morning has been a real challenge.

DSCF2476Staying on a working farm in the countryside, this is what I captured at 6 am this morning. And yes it was cold in my pjs, and the grass was wet on my bare feet, but you know what? The light really is incredible at this time of day. Perhaps it is not too late for this old dog to learn new tricks…



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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

61 thoughts on “Early one morning…”

  1. There is something captivating about early light. Like you, I prefer to stay up late, so only see the early mornings when I have to. When I was going to work at 5am in London, on early shifts, I used to see some great light around all the iconic buildings. But I was always rushing to work, so had no time to consider stopping off for photos.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

  2. I am firmly convinced that the ONLY reason to get up early is to see the magnificent light shows in the sky. That said, sunsets are awfully nice! 🙂

  3. There is good reason that photographers dub the early morning (and evening) the Golden Hour…that said, I am rarely up early!

  4. The beautiful light would be a good reason for getting up early, but I must admit, the older I get, the harder I find it. Even after years of getting up at 4:30 for the early shift. It looks like you have been rewarded plentiful for your effort, Jude! :-), the light and the warmth is in your photos are beautiful. The golden hour in the evening is quite nice too, 🙂 anyway, that’s what Siri and Selma say and they mostly refuse to leave their cozy beds before 9 a.m. 😉

    1. I’m in agreement with the girls! I don’t mind early when it is daylight, but I loathed getting up in the dark – it’s not natural!

  5. Morning breaking over the horizon must be the best time of the day. Awesome photos, Jude. The rest of the world not even moving yet, but the sun takes it’s time sweeping color across the brightening sky. Thank you for sharing. Stunning photos. ❤

  6. Brave brave girl, and barefoot at that. I’m not a morning person either but there’s something incredibly satisfying and magical about capturing the breaking dawn. So I’m oh so grateful someone discovered coffee in South America so I can propel myself robotically out of the front door. I think we’ve had our last early morning swim at Dalebrook Pool until summer though. 🙂

  7. The light in these pictures is lovely, but I think there is some skill on the part of the photographer too. 🙂 I particularly like the second last photo with the bird (I think!) about to land on the roof on the right.

  8. You’re right about the light, Jude. I’m a morning person actually – and the older I get the more morning I become. Even as a twenty something I found staying up past midnight quite a challenge😄
    These pictures are lovely by the way – is this the West Country by any chance?

  9. I’m a morning person so for me to be up after say 10 pm is really unusual. Much as you marvel at the early morning light, night-ness is different for me.

    I’m glad you got up and plodded outside in your bare feet to capture these beautiful photos. However, I’m curious as to what you are doing on a working farm in the countryside. This isn’t your usual terrain is it?

    1. On holiday Jo. In a self-catering cottage on a farm. We love the peace and quiet here and we can explore most of Cornwall from this location. I am so glad you appreciate my effort 😘

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