being the early bird

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
(Henry David Thoreau)

I might not be looking for worms, but I do like getting up early. That doesn’t mean I always manage to do it, though – some days, it’s easy to fall for the immediate temptation to stay in bed just a little bit longer… Especially on winter mornings, in a Moroccan house without central heating, the warm, cozy bed seems like the most sensible place to be.

On the days I gather all my strength and get out of bed early (the earlier, the better!) I never regret it, though. Thoreau’s wise words (according to The Internet) are, in my case, true, and lately I’ve made an effort to go out walking around the farm as soon as I get up. Apart from the blessing part, and the occasional worm, early morning walks also result in quite an increase in photographs made – because a hundred more photographs to go through every week is exactly what I need, of course…

(Those of you who don’t know why I’m talking about birds and worms – I’m referring to the English idiom The early bird catches the worm. The Swedish equivalent is Morgonstund har guld i mund – the direct translation of which is The morning hour has gold in (its) mouth. Yeah.)

Back to the point, which of course is photographs: I’d like to share some of the things I’ve seen and experienced on my blessed morning walks and hopefully either inspire you to do the same or give you an easy way to enjoy an early morning without getting out of bed. These photos are from the past couple of weeks – only one is from last year. And I didn’t even make any New Year’s resolutions!


Sunrise is the right time to be up on the roof!


Before sunrise, walking on solid ground is a good idea.


Everything changes when the sun rises, but at least the mist remains (for a while).


The red soil of Morocco.


 Some mornings it’s frosty…


Still, even ectothermal creatures greet the sun with me (I guess they don’t have much choice)! This is a magnificent spider from the Argiope-genus.


The donkey in the mist (could be the name of a book!).


A calm morning with the puppies.

That’s all. Go back to bed.

7 thoughts on “being the early bird

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