Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Color Collaborative: May: Morning












When you live just west of a mountain, every morning is an experience in changing light. It's easy to miss because it starts early no matter the season. May is a particularly nice time to explore morning here, though; everything is blooming and the mornings are soft and sweet. Every place has its own morning look and feel, I think; I've lived in cloudier, darker places and can tell you exactly what morning was like there too. I like to think of morning in terms of inside and outside, much as I do evening. These times of day when things are getting started or finishing up are my favorite; I like the transitional times.

Outside, morning begins with a creeping light. As the sun rises from behind the peak, the sky transforms, pearly-pale to deepening blue, streaky pastel clouds fading to white. The sun makes it over the mountain, and over my garden wall. The shadows are long and low. Pink and red flowers glow in a muted way, greens brighten and berries shine. Leaf-shadows dapple the garden wall and the patio, the walls of the house, the chimney and the chicken coop. Sprinkler-spray sparkles in the grass and on the leaves and petals of our plants (natural dew is a special event). The mountain is somber and imposing in the morning, cloaked in dark gray instead of the watermelon-pink it wears at sunset. But then there is the moment when the sun picks out the tram cables draped across the mountain's face and suddenly they appear: fine, fleeting fairy strands.

Inside, my mornings begin with light too. I've yet to meet a window treatment that can keep a bedroom truly dark, especially as we approach the summer solstice. I wake to golden light bleeding around the edges of the blind, the window glass already warm to the touch. The bathroom is festooned with surprising rainbows as its small, high window bends the early sunshine. In the kitchen, light filters through the honeysuckle outside the east-facing window, shadowy squares shifting on the table. I make breakfast in a rapidly brightening kitchen, candy-colored plastic bowls glowing as I fill them with cereal. All of it - the bright tumblers of milk, the bananas on the counter and the flowers on the table - catches the changing light. The breakfast table gleams like a beacon of family nourishment, making morning at my house look like an advertisement for good, pure things.

When all is said and done, I sit at the table with my tea. The sun is higher now, past the breakfast-nook window and over the flat roof, the house warming under strengthening sun. My tea waits until I can sit down to drink it, steam dissipating as it cools. Morning is a good time for me; I am a morning person. It's simple - I like a fresh start and a clean slate and morning always provides both. Some people talk about the harsh light of morning, but I prefer to think of it as better illumination.

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Don't forget to visit the other Color Collaborative blogs for more of this month's posts. Just click on the links below: 

Annie at Annie Cholewa 
Sandra at Cherry Heart 
Sarah at mitenska
 
What is The Color Collaborative?
All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a color related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about color in new ways.

36 comments:

  1. Beautiful images, Jennifer, and such rich colours too. It's true, isn't it, that morning light has such an intense effect on the colours around us? And yes, those 'transitional times' are the best of the day.
    Sarah.

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  2. Beautiful photos and even better words - sheer poetry. xx

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  3. A truly beautiful post, some stunning photos and descriptive writing...Amazing!

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  4. Such a great post, your word pictures as beautiful as the actual pictures! I too am a morning lover, there is something so special about the day waking up! Such a beautiful post for first thing in the morning here :-)

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  5. Great photos - especially that sky. The morning sun is really special.

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  6. I love the way your house and garden are filled with pure good things. and your writing gets better and better xxx

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  7. You're right, the light is enchanting in the morning isn't it. And I love how you phrase it, that morning is a fresh start and a clean slate. I like to have that too. I'm definitely a fellow morning person. The quiet, the growing warmth, that peaceful cup of tea. Wonderful. CJ xx

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  8. I'm in love with your descriptions of morning in the mountains, so evocative and dreamy! You do sound like a morning person. Your photos are especially lovely here - you caught that gentle bright light so well. x

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  9. Jennifer this is wonderful writing, I could picture everything you described so perfectly. I am a morning person too x

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  10. How lovely.....morning light really is extra special; never thought about the effect of being by a mountain. You captured it beautifully.

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  11. Lovely post, Jennifer. You described everything so beautifully! :o)

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  12. Your description is so nice, I almost feel as if I'm in your house, waking up there, and joining you for breakfast :-) !!

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  13. Beautiful words, and a beautiful photos. I am a morning person too. It is the fresh start that gets me, a brand new day to sink into.

    And better illumination...yes, perfect way to describe morning light.

    Have a lovely day.

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  14. The essence of a sunny May morning distilled in words. I love the rosy glow of the morning light in your photographs too. Beautiful writing, as always.

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  15. lovely post and beautiful photos!!!
    have a nice day,
    regina

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  16. What a wonderful ode to the morning, Jennifer! It's my very favourite time of the day too.

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  17. Mornng light better illuminates ... I love that thought! As Kristie says, this post really is an ode to day break :)

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  18. that sunlight is wonderful, you really get the sense of it in your shots

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  19. 6am this morning the sun blazed through the curtains, waking me on a holiday morning. May mornings are special, and thank you for sharing with us x

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  20. I love all your photos here and I like your description of mornings in your part of the world. I like mornings too, and that first cup of tea always tastes so good.

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  21. Such evocative writing Jennifer. Makes me wish I was more of a morning person! Sam x

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  22. Beautiful morning photos, Jennifer! Your flowers are looking gorgeous. I wish I was more of a morning person, but I am not.

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  23. You not only have a gift for taking beautiful pictures, you have a gift for creating beautiful word pictures. I enjoyed both today.

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  24. It sounds so beautiful where you live Jennifer, Kate xx

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  25. Your photos are lovely and your post is beautifully descriptive, I can imagine your morning light. I'm definitely a morning person, I like to be up early full of energy and getting on with the day.

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  26. Your morning sounds blissful Jennifer! Thanks for sharing this with us. Cx

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  27. Jennifer, such a beautiful piece of writing. Stunning pictures.

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  28. Me gustan tus mañanas de mayo. Have a nice weekend!!! :)))

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  29. Lovely post, beautiful pictures, wonderful writing. You have captured the feel of an early summer morning . It's getting light here around 4am here now. I think I should get up but that's just too early for me, I'd be ready for bed by dinner!

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  30. Beautiful! Illumination is the perfect word! And your thoughts on mornings are perfect! Fresh slates is exactly it! The colors radiating from your garden and home are just stunning! I so enjoyed this post Jennifer! And your painted dresser up there is so pretty! Wishing you an outstanding weekend! Nicole xo

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  31. I love how things look in all the different light, and I love the fabric colours in the patchwork x

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  32. Hey Jennifer,
    Oh what a wonderful post. I love the morning light too. I am happiest in the morning, but especially at this time of year when I can throw open windows and doors and let the outide in. Your chickens look so happy and contented in that photo.
    Leanne xx

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  33. LINDAS FLORES!!!
    ME ENCANTA ESE MUEBLE!!!
    SALUDITOS

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  34. Lovely post - the pictures told the story so well but your words enhanced it! I love the long shadows falling at either end of the day.

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  35. I'm a morning person, too, Jennifer, and I love how you have captured in photos and words some beautiful expressions of appreciation for morning that I have felt or witnessed but never shared with others as you so aptly have. Thanks! xx

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