Morning Light: Second Try

“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.” Friedrich Nietzsche

I was up early this morning. The street lights still on, a faint hint of light to the East. Hmm? I thought. I am going to take photos at first light of that new batch of roses out in the garden. No harsh high noon light. The time arrived. The street lights were off and the new day was creeping forward from the horizon. I took the best photos. I was so pleased.

Then it dawned upon me. Had I put the card back in the camera. I checked. Hell no! I mumbled self abusive phrases as I entered the house to grab the card. This is not the first time I have done this. I put the card into the camera and ventured off for a second time into the garden. The light brighter, the chill still in the air, the neighborhood quiet save a crow in the distance. For a second time, I moved from rose to rose and enjoyed the second pass through the garden. 

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21 Responses to “Morning Light: Second Try”

  1. August 9, 2014 at 18:17

    Beautiful. But, oh, what silly things we do. More than once I have accidentally deleted photos before I have downloaded them. 😦


  2. August 9, 2014 at 17:19

    Glad you got back out there fast enough – beautiful roses!


  3. August 9, 2014 at 10:00

    I just saw the above comment from you & you are far more serious than I, with my little Canon click. Ah well. 🙂


  4. August 9, 2014 at 10:00

    Lovely photo, lovely roses. I never get up early enough anymore! xx


  5. August 9, 2014 at 09:52

    What type of lens did you use for this photograph?


  6. August 9, 2014 at 09:24

    Great words and photograph. Thank you, love, nia


  7. August 9, 2014 at 09:18

    That is a brilliant shot! 🙂 Love the vivid deep red.


  8. August 9, 2014 at 09:18

    You are mild mannered,, I laugh at my answer.

    I write out of the space that my self criticism has more nasty in it, stays a little longer, my ego likes to bathe in resentment at times.


    • August 9, 2014 at 10:07

      Marty your self awareness is always helpful. Too many times, in the past, my self criticisms were equally dispensed toward others. All from heavy doses of it as a child. Impatience with others was the norm. Today, it lurks, but even toward myself I am more forgiving and mostly laugh at my disappearing memory and sense of self discipline. I partly chalk it up to age and having retired, my mind has wound down a notch or two…a good thing for now.


      • August 9, 2014 at 10:16

        Why is it that my awareness of others is so SOS so so much more acute, neutral in its balance and critique.

        It is if a cloud hangs around our ears, when we peer inward distortion abounds.


        • August 9, 2014 at 10:35

          Well, I think just looking out and assessing is over rated. Learning about self via life’s journey, then looking out and carefully, cautiously seeing patterns in others, and self, helps form wisdom and the knowledge we are not alone. I am not convinced the patterns fit nice and snug anymore. Lots of variations to make overly simplistic critiques without really knowing the layers of the other person. You, I think, try to help yourself on your continued healing and others via your lessons you’ve learned. That is a loving, caring thing to do for others.


          • August 9, 2014 at 10:39

            May I add to your insight, and thank you for the kindness, however

            That is a loving caring thing to do for others, it is first the most loving caring thing I can do for me also.

            I give and always I receive more, it is selfish in a way, No?


            • August 9, 2014 at 10:51

              I can’t think of it as selfish if done in respect and love with little or no ego attached or need to manipulate. I think it is noble and part of healing. These blogs are quite full of sincere people sharing their hopes, burdens, pain, joy. You and others raise my awareness, my patience, my self awareness and make me a better person in the long run.


  9. August 9, 2014 at 08:39

    Wonder if we saw our life in linear terms little groups of a 100 breaths laid out each year.

    Each morning we get a fresh set

    Would we change how we see, view the world.

    In an instant an observation

    Did you believe life had more beauty the first time without the card?

    If not why the upset, denigrating self lecture?


    • August 9, 2014 at 08:53

      Yes, I kick myself in the ass now and then. Good for me. All that positivity is nice…but, a bit of critical self-analysis is ok…’geeze, you dumb shit!” is quite alright for me. Thanks.


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