I took a day off from work, and decided to photograph the pink glow of a winter sunrise. So at about 9:05 am I walked out my front door and headed for our local pond. I realize this is why I am a sunset girl: It's only in wintertime I can get up before the sun without losing any sleep.
I kept wondering if I'd capture a lovely dawn like I'd seen the last couple of days and the subtle rosy glow here encouraged me. And I like naked trees.
Still waiting for the dawn - and thinking this shot would make nice wallpaper for the computer. So I experimented with a bunch of other shots. Then I realized that the soles of my boots should have been thicker if I was going to stand around on a frozen rock, photographing a frozen shore.
Oh, wow! These birds are not common around where I live! It's a jackdaw - Norway's smallest crow bird (kaie). They sound kind of like parakeets. I heard it before I saw it, and I thought at first that someone's pet bird had escaped. But it was keeping company with a crow and stopped "singing" when the crow flew away. When the jackdaw itself took flight, it's wings looked exactly like a crow's and that's when I suspected it may be a "kaie".
"Duck and Umbrella" - Watercolor On Gravel, 2008. OK, I'm just being silly. But it's an arty shot, yes?