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Friday, 30 January 2009

Recipe for Estuary Sunrise


Take one estuary, the minutes between 5.45 and 6.30 am around the last day of January, one white-faced heron in breeding plumage, some hills, a handful of clouds and to this add a pinch of stilts, a tablespoon of seagulls and a sprinkling of oyster-catchers to taste.  Drizzle in sunlight slowly until it is golden and well-done.









15 comments:

  1. OR, between 5:45am and 6:30am, take one soft warm bed........

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  2. That's the best time of day Katherine - well and dusk too...Our sunrise is at 4.30ish! no daylight saving here, it takes the paint off verandahs!!!!

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  3. Ian. Slug-a-bug!
    Delwyn. Yes, Daylight saving is so costly that way, isn't it? Which reminds me, I have to repaint mine....

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  4. thanks for the gorgeous morning in the estuary! really inspirational...love the sillhoute of the heron(?)
    xx

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  5. so glad you got yourself up to photograph this for us.

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  6. I do apologise profusely Ian. I had no idea you had a Man-cold. Poor little bunny.

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  7. It was easy Violetsky - the thrushes got me up! And I haven't forgotten, I still have that interview you did of me, to post! Hmm, #1. Dawn or dusk, which is my favourite!? I'm stuck on the first one!

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  8. Ha, of course. I heard birds chirping the other afternoon, it was so surprising and pleasant. And then we got walloped with another snowstorm.

    Anyway, I figured the thrushes put quite a few things aside...

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  9. Wow! Lovely. Lots of ideas for painting there...

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  10. And the final step of your recipe:

    Share with friends, both old and new, graciously acknowledging their exclamations of delight and appreciation.

    Thank you for sharing with us the natural beauty in your wondrous corner of the world, Katherine. Your blog rewards its visitors with posts of pleasure.

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  11. Thank you YP. There are some delicious textures and lighting effects, aren't there?
    Dan. Thank you. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy that I can give people pleasure so easily, simply doing what I love to do: Seeing and recording beauty.

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  12. Lori - My pleasure (and I'm not just saying that!) And yes the bird with the long neck is the white-faced heron. It blew or flew over from Australia in the early 1900's and is now quite common.

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  13. stunning photos katherine - how did you know when you set the self timer the night before and went to bed exactly what time the sun would come up so accurately in advance though?

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  14. Katherine, I adore your verbal recipe of the estuary. And of course the photos are wonderful also.
    Regards, Patsy in El Paso

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  15. OK. OK. When I return I must go and worship the dawn more often in photogenic places. On the other hand when I get to Eagleton I cannot avoid the sunrise - and its worship (well apart from the fact that it happens before 4am in midsummer.

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