Frosty Mornings

I am really not a morning person, but I do love the crispness of a fresh, frosty morning. This morning was one of those mornings, with the sun shining and the frost and ice sparkling like diamonds. I grabbed my camera and my wellies and went out for a walk. That time between sunrise and the thaw is perfect and you really have to jump at the chance to enjoy it because you never know how long it will last.

So, I had a quick look around my garden, watching the birds and finding some cool ice formations. Then, I ventured uphill over my farmland. The lane slippery, the mud solid and the air freezing. With every breathe, I could feel the sharpness of the cold air, but I haven’t breathed deeper than this in a long time. I wanted to take it all in, the cold, the freshness; all of the goodness. The sun was shining so strong it was blinding and of course made all photography rather difficult. After some time, my phone battery died and my camera storage was full and I was just standing there taking it all in for myself.

I was looking over the frost covered fields and hills, finding myself hoping for a glimpse of some wildlife like a fox or a rabbit, but I am not that lucky. Instead, I seemed to be surrounded by Robins and Wood Pigeons, fluttering between trees and hedgerows, which was every bit as enjoyable.

At the farthest point of my farmland, you can just see the waters of Carlingford Lough and the Cooley Mountains, and they looked mighty beautiful this morning. The water was golden from the sun and the mountains were shrouded in mist and it all looked a bit magical. Carlingford Lough is probably my favourite place in the whole world and I feel very lucky to be able to see a glimpse of it from my backyard.

As I began the journey home, I realised that my timing was perfect as the light had changed so much in a short time. I returned home with muddy wellies and a clear head. I am really glad that I started my morning with a walk outside, I aim to do this more often, (New Years resolutions and all that).

Cliché or not, it was a good day to have a good day.

I’m not allowed to use the “I’m not a morning person” excuse anymore!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a morning person as I love my sleep far too much. However, this morning I got up and went for a walk just catching the sunrise, and it was glorious. I walked through the busy streets of downtown Calgary until I reached the Bow River and crossed the bridge over to Prince’s Island Park. As I reached the park, the hustle bustle of the crowds heading to work faded away and soon the only noise was from the nearby Magpies. Looking towards the trees, it only took a second to spot the Black Squirrels darting between the branches high above me. I just stood there staying as still as possible, watching as they ran between the branches, down the trunks and along the ground. They are such playful animals, so small and fast that they barely make a sound. In this part of the park, I was surrounded by complete silence. As I walked towards the river again, I found the waters filled with Canada Goose and it looked like they were having my lie in this morning. Most of the geese had their heads all tucked in, trying to keep warm. They didn’t make very much noise either, so my morning continued to be quiet and peaceful, giving me a clear headspace for starting the day.

As I left Prince’s Island Park and entered Eau Claire I spotted another squirrel darting around on the ground, but this time it was a Grey Squirrel. As I got my camera ready, the little fella stood up on his back legs and just stared at me. You would think he was nearly posing for my photo. Again, I was too scared to move in case I spooked him. And after about 20 seconds, we both went on about our day, with me walking back into Downtown Calgary and him running up a tree trunk.

It was so encouraging to find nature, wildlife and even silence in the middle of such a busy city. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether it be urban or rural, nature makes it way through and can always be found. I’m sure it is pretty obvious by now, but I am very happy that I got up early this morning and I might even make it a regular occasion.