Wednesday, October 9, 2013

That Indescribable Silence!

The early morning hath gold in its mouth.
              Benjamin Franklin


The faded quarter moon poked out from under cover of the Oak and Pine tree branches that looked like tall dark strangers guarding the still water below. It was time.

It was 6:30 on a Sunday morning and I sat there with a tall mug of hot coffee which was resting on the arm of the lawn chair I had dragged over the wooden planks of the dock and positioned just perfectly on the end to take full advantage of the view and that impending burst of light and beauty that was sure to come.


As soon as I could see any glimmer of light I knew I would forget everything and concentrate on what Mother Nature had to offer on that chilly morning. I had crept carefully down the hill over exposed tree roots, guided by the few lights that were in front of some of the cottages, through the dewy grass and the mist hanging in the air with my coat buttoned up trying to keep out the damp cold. Leo (my camera) was hanging from my neck and she was as anxious as I was to get down to the dock from this beautiful cottage on Lake Kasshabog at the Blue Mountain Lodge. The silence was deafening and I thought about my bush back home and how its silence could not even compare to this special kind of silence. A deafening silence that My Dad had always loved and shared stories about after returning from this Northern bush trips and tried in vain to thoroughly convey. That true unimaginable silence which I had always been searching for, now understood but now I cannot describe either. Oh Dad you were so right, thank you for gifting me that overwhelming need to seek out and find. A lone Loon call drifted over the still misty water and reminded me I was not alone.


My two best friends since grade school BA and SJ were warm, snuggled comfortably in the beds up on top of the hill. I knew they were dreaming about what I was experiencing right that moment or possibly that laughter and adventure we had all shared the day before. We all needed this time to shut out the world if just for a few days, spending time together in incredible peace and beauty filling this need to find that special silence where the outside world could not possibly pierce through those tall dark strangers of Pine and Oak branches that guard their sleep surrounding that little cottage on the hill. Oh I am so lucky to have friends like that to share this with.


It was too bad they had missed the best part. It was then 7:16 and quick as that, the first glorious moments of golden sunrise was gone. The sky was full of brilliant light. I had tossed and turned most of that night, afraid that I would miss this spectacular moment, always knowing I could sleep when I made it back home. I then made my way back up to that cabin in the light of the sun and grabbed another coffee while those girls remained snuggled in their warm comfortable beds no doubt dreaming of the moment I had just witnessed.


I headed back down to the dock. I did not want to miss a thing. A man with a fishing rod stood on the end of the dock when I returned “Good Morning.” It appears I was no longer alone. Morning, yes it is a beautiful morning. I sat on my chair with that coffee and smiled.



Later 

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43 comments:

  1. Greeting a clear day at dawn is a wonderful way to start.

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  2. Those first moments of a sunrise are truly amazing aren't they? In fact, I love those few moments "pre" sunrise when the horizon is this glorious orange in anticipation of the approaching sun :)

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  3. I love to be up before the sun rises so I can see and enjoy the stillness and beauty.

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  4. Good Morning, you are so right B, your friends did miss the best part :)
    I love your photos, and I'm going to check out the link you posted.

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  5. Hi Buttons,
    Oh these are wonderful pictures and what a beautiful sight to see first thing in the morning. I can almost feel the peace and tranquilty of that wonderful spot.
    I've missed reading your posts and I'm glad to be back again.
    Take care!!

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  6. Beautiful photos and you describe the silence so well! Too bad your friends missed it.

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  7. I would have loved to have been on that dock with you, beholding that glorious sunrise! What a wonderful trip, and thank you for sharing~

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  8. Perfect. The friends, the silence and the moment. Perfect.

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  9. So worth getting out of a warm bed - your pictures are so beautiful and capture the silence of the morning perfectly!

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  10. Oh- lucky, lucky you! What a gorgeous spot to watch the sunrise.

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  11. my gosh, those dock shots are gorgeous! good for you!

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  12. CANOES!!!

    your photography is best captured when you are at peace, it shows!

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  13. Beatiful queit moments such as these soothe the soul!

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  14. B,

    Having friends to be with on a trip is so much fun. However, like you.....I love my quiet time. Quiet time is when you can see everything clear in your mind. Your Father's gift was from the heart and soul.

    Hugs to you and your Hero :-)

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  15. Oh I sure breathed in deeply with this post and felt that beautiful feeling . That time of the morn, those photos, simply bliss.

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  16. Your sunrise shots are exquisite! What a beautiful start to your day.

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  17. What a relaxing post. The pictures are gorgeous.

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  18. Silence...I can never get eough of it.

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  19. Absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful morning you had.

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  20. Oh, Buttons what a gorgeous sunrise!!! I have to admit I am seeing a lot of those on my bus ride to school, and there is often mist these days!

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  21. What a great way to enjoy such moment :-)

    Warm greetings from the Netherlands,
    dzjiedzjee.blogspot.com

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  22. Wow, just gorgeous! That looks like the perfect sunrise :)

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  23. You and Leo are a fine team. I especially like the sun blinking through the chair!

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  24. Can't wait to have a morning like this again myself, Buttons. Soon .... Hugs Sue

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  25. You've shared it so well - it IS like a lovely dream, both the sight and the silence. Gorgeous sunrise over water!

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  26. I just found your blog today and LOVE that this is the first post I read. :-) Absolutely beautiful. I grew up near lakes like this and just seeing your photos brought those wonderful memories back for me. :-)

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  27. your images are gorgeous!! it is the best part of the day and watching the sunrise is the best way to start your day!!

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  28. Breathtaking sunrise pictures, Buttons! I would also loved to hear that loon!

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  29. How peaceful. I love it. And how lucky you are to still have your high school friends to go places with.

    Cindy Bee

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  30. Sunrise is always so magical, especially in such a beautiful place! I felt like I was right there with you experiencing the stillness and the peace. Hugs xoxo

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  31. Awesome start of the day, gorgeous sunrise and absolutely love the shot with the chair on the deck. And such a lovely post to read. Thanks for sharing your morning with us and your wonderful thoughts.

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  32. Sometimes we need that quiet, a real quiet. Of spirit, of heat, a moment to simply be, and soak in the majesty of God's creation, free from the clutter & chaos of every day life. You are so blessed to have this opportunity with friends, even more to have those words from your father.

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  33. Lovely place there to see the sunrise. You know I have seen several my dear friend..makes me think to when I used to go to bed so late...your photos are wonderful, great way of taking the sunrise. Hugs M xox

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  34. You are making me very homesick with those dock shots.........so relaxing and u can just breathe it in.......
    Very good post B........
    Rain :)

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  35. Wonderful! I know just what you mean. I love your Lake Sunset photos.

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  36. Your pictures are beautiful! What a glorious morning.

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  37. I could almost hear the stillness. It's never still where I live. There are a few places one can slip away for a little while, I think we all need that. Thanks for sharing your lovely morning.

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  38. Now that sounds like a perfect morning. what a beautiful site indeed.

    Hugs~

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  39. Isn't that a beautiful lake. Makes me homesick...
    Your photos are just dreamy. Burned into my minds eye.

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  40. so beautiful! i think they should use your images on their website!

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  41. Oh what a glorious morning you had. I felt it right along with your photos and words. Isn't it such a wonderful feeling especially when you are all alone.

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  42. I loved this. Thanks for showing me through your eyes,

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