102904blueridge.jpgMorning in the Blue Ridge Mountains near the Virginia-North Carolina border.

Morning is peace. Morning is calm. Morning is a photographer’s favorite time of day. The light, the hues and the early morning mists all combine to make capturing a beautiful image fun and easy.

Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange
sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again
and fasten themselves to the high branches —
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands
of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails
for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it
the thorn
that is heavier than lead —
if it’s all you can do
to keep on trudging —
there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted —
each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
every morning,
whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.

–A morning poem by Mary Oliver

A Blue Ridge morning. Who could ask for more?

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