Monday, January 28, 2013

Rise and Shine!

Around here we get a pretty early start to our mornings. It varies, but around here, early means before the sun comes up. Could be 3 am. Could be 5 am, but that's sleeping in. :) I wasn't born an early bird, but being married to a rancher for 26 years has made me one and  if I sleep until 6, I feel as if I have slept the entire day away.

At  times I am called to chauffeur the men, shuffling rigs and outfits. ie: pickups and trailers - from one part of the ranch to another.

 Drive to location #1 and drop pickup #1 off.

Squish into pickup #2 and drive to location #2 and drop off cowboy # 1,2 and 3 and their horses.

Drive to location #3 and drop off cowboy #4, 5, and 6 and their mounts.

Then drive back to location #1, leave pickup #2 there, drive pickup #1 back to the house, and start a batch of bread dough.

This takes anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, and you might be surprised to know that I love doing it because it often means I get shots like this:



And this:



And this:

Rain is so rare that these kinds of shots are almost nonexistent:


There are just some things in life that are worth getting up for:


25 comments:

Michigan Gal said...

Gorgeous photography. You have a good eye to capture those shots.

KaHolly said...

What stunning photographry!

Deanna said...

WOW! You make even dust look good.

Dorian said...

Oh those are gorgeous pictures Karin!!! I have always been an early bird. I love getting up before the sun and watching it rise. My Dad told me that whenever we would be driving thru the night (on our various moves), I was always the kid that would stay awake and keep him company in the wee hours of the morning. Thanks for the beautiful pictures this morning.

Sandra said...

I love reading your blog. You have a down to earth persona that is so refreshing.

Your photo today are breathtaking.

Keep it up!!

JMF said...

Awesome Awesome pictures. My hubby is a morning person not me! seeing your pictures makes me want to be tho:)

John'aLee said...

Oh I loved your rancher's post this morning. Especially after seeing I posted about my Rancher's Daughter Quilt Along. I need your stunning photographs!!

Darlene said...

Beautiful shots in the early morning hours. My favorite time of day.

Nancy said...

Beautiful images!

Elisabetta said...

I love your pictures
I wish we were there with you to share those beautiful moments, I really miss America so much

cyndiofthevortex said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely morning moments with us. Your pictures are so pretty.

Lee said...

Beautiful pictures. My childhood was on a ranch in a much wetter part of the country, and I sure miss those days - so very long ago. It's nice to see others enjoying all the hard work and early hours, thank you for sharing :)

Marls said...

I call myself a morning person but not that early!! Fantastic photography. Thanks for sharing your morning.

Vickie said...

Those pictures are so pretty, gave me cold chills.

rosie said...

Absolutely beautiful Karin.. Makes me wish I wasn't a night owl!! We have bush fires blazing here at the moment, things are tinder dry. Friends of ours in Queensland are waiting for flood waters to rise... what a country..

Kathy H said...

Beautiful pictures.

Staci said...

Stunning photos!
Definitely worth getting up early in the morning for shots like those!

Dar said...

I'm a night owl, as evidenced by my time on the computer, but I would get up early to see nature's beauty like that. On the occasion of camping or traveling, I've had the privilege to see some beautiful sunrises. You do wonderful photography. Thanks so much for sharing. It makes me want to move to a ranch and help out for a while.

Sarah said...

Oh wow, your photography is beautiful! I would have photos 1,2 and 5 enlarged on canvas. They are stunning. You're quite the artist!

Carol said...

Those pictures are absolutely breathtaking...thank you so much for sharing.

Cindy said...

Thank you. Your pictures are just beautiful, breath-taking.
(I get up early too - usually 4. If I sleep in past 4:30, I feel like I wasted time already..LOL)

Nancy said...

I love the rose and golden sun photos! It makes me think of the saying, "Red sky at night, sailor's delight; red sky in morning, sailors take warning." I don't suppose you have to worry about taking warning since you said you don't get much rain. Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing them.

Karin said...

Amazing pics and again those should be in a calender!:) It looks like you finally got some rain - yay!

Doniene said...

Blogger again didn't show this post!! Wow some awesome photography!!! You've captured the essence of the life!!

Blessings

Denise :) said...

You should do a Dirt Road Stripper ... errr ... I mean Scrapper (been reading too much Judy Laquidara) calendar! Or note cards! The images you capture are just plain gorgeous!! :)

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