A Frosty October Morning Can Be a Gift (Day 29 of 31)
In October I try not to underestimate the joy of forcing myself outside on frosty mornings, not long after sunrise—camera in one hand, coffee in the other. Sure, it’s not what I feel most like doing when I first wake up; it has its plus side, though.
On fall mornings you have to make a move early in order to photograph the frost before it melts. To head outside and be part of the cold air and silvery world is, I find, a meditative and calming way to get the day going. While things are still relatively quiet, you have a chance to clear your thoughts and get a handle on the day.
If you live near a pond or lake, mist rising from the water can lead to some beautiful photographs. Birds are getting their own day underway, and it’s often a time to get wonderful pictures of them. The solitude that’s one of the innate pleasures of taking photos is so conducive to calming your mind and just watching the mist rise, the day start to take shape.
Whether we’re greeting the day in a yard, a forest, or a park, making the effort to get out there early once in a while tends to the day in a peaceful, optimistic way. The busyness always returns to engulf us again—but the quiet always comes back, as well.
(For the month of October 2017, I’m participating in the 31 Days bloggers’ challenge. You can find out about it here, and check out the interesting work other bloggers are posting.)