Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Year Dawning

I awoke early on the first day of 2008, knowing I would go back to sleep. First, I captured a few photographs of the new year dawning by moonlight. I thought I would capture the sunrise but instead the moon and stars were the only light out at 6:30 am. I'm glad I went outside and enjoyed the early morning sky even though the sunrise didn't materialize.The sun did come up but when I went back to sleep, day was breaking without any of the pinks and purples I thought to capture.
What I did capture was good enough for me although I need to learn more about my camera and hopefully improve at photographing the night sky, or in this case the early morning sky.
The second time I woke up on the first day of 2008, the sky was a vibrant blue and I was up for good. I'm moving slowly, savoring a day off without any big plans or responsibilities. Savoring my strong dark French roast coffee which I cut with a touch of chocolate truffle flavored coffee. No doubt sacrilege to a connaisseur but I am not plagued by the limitations of a purist. I can keep barreling through life deriving pleasure from a hodge podge and at my age, I don't even have as many self doubts which used to make me question if it was ok to be the way I am. At this point whether or not it's ok is immaterial. In the words of the great philosopher Popeye: I am what I am and I am what I am. Those are my initials thoughts for 2008.


poor man's nicole richie said...

those are awesome shots of the dawn.
i love coffee too. I love our native coffee from the mountains called Benguet Coffee.

btw, thanks for the shake recipe. i hope i could make wonders and get it done.
happy new year!

Shelby said...

I had a moon picture too!!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year. best wishes to you. I look forward to visiting your site in 2008. Sara from farmingfriends

Carver said...

Hi P.M.N.R.,
I don't know if I've ever had Benguet coffee. I love all different kinds of coffee so I'd like to try it. Happy New year.

Hi Shelby, That is funny that we both have moon shots for the new year. Happy New year.

Hi Sara, I look forward to visiting Farmingfriends in the new year. I always enjoy seeing what happening at your farm. Happy new year.

Theresa said...

Yes one of the good things about growing older is that you tend to be more ok with yourself, and not let the little stuff matter as much.

Great shots of the morning moon :), I have a very simple camera, however my hubby has a really nice one which it would be fun to learn the features of, since I use it the same as I use mine-point and shoot.

Happy New year!

Anonymous said...

Hi Carver.

Loved the moon shot, which I now know very well from 8th grade science that this is a waxing crescent moon, light coming in from the right.

The other night at camp in PA, there was a new moon (none visible). I have never experienced being in DARKNESS like that in the Allegany Forest away from any city lights. And the star show was spectacular!

Just showing how we love those simple things in live, and I love the blue skies that you have in the south. We only get them in Fall here in New York it seems.

About your coffee: I hear you. I do weird things with my food and I don't care. Then I find out (on a cooking tv show) that it is some kind of wonderful discovery! Hah!

Carry on.


Anonymous said...

Hi Carver! I have a tag for you and it's up at I hope you don't mind doing it. Thanks and take care.

Carver said...

Hi Theresa,
My problem has been getting used to digital settings. I used a 35mm so long that had several removable lenses that even though I've used digital for almost 10 years now, I'm still getting used to it. I'm a slow learner. Happy new year to you!

Hi Carol,
You made me laugh with the new cooking discovery. It does work out like that sometimes. That's great that you got a beautiful star display in PA. I would have love to have seen that. Wishing you a happy new year!

Hi Liz, Thanks for visiting and I'll check out the tag soon. Happy new year!

MaR said...

Wonderful shots as always, Carver!! I love moon pictures, in fact I took one recently during the day (I love to see the moon at daylight!)
Happy New Year to you and all good wishes

Carver said...

Hi Mar,

Thank you and I hope that you have a wonderful new year ahead.

SabineM said...

Fabulous shots and fabulous Popeye quote! I agree soo much with that one~!
Happy New YEaR!