June 12, 2012
An Early June Morning at the Farm
On Sunday morning, as is my habit, I was up with the birds, letting my dogs and cats outdoors. I find sunrises to be so exciting because you never know what sort of light show nature will provide. It seems that every morning is different, depending on the clouds and how much moisture is in the atmosphere for the sun’s rays to pass through. What I encountered on that particular morning was magnificent!
1 This is what I saw when I took the dogs outside at 5:30 on Sunday morning.
2 The sky to the east was many shades of peach and mauve.
3 Turning towards the south
4 The sky turned even more pink!
5 I then turned towards the west and found the terrace aglow.
6 There was an amazing contrast between the purple allium and the golden barberry.
7 These terrace gardens are a work in progress as the shrubbery grows and is pruned, time and again, becoming fuller with each passing year.
8 I love the form of this massive stone, which I use as a horse mounting block.
9 I then turned towards the south and found my Bedford gray house looking as pink as the horizon!
10 Turning back towards the east, the sun was making its presence, commencing another day.
11 A look down the drive
12 The hanging baskets on the front porch are beautiful and lush.
13 These baskets contain an assortment of ferns, such as staghorn and Christmas ferns.
14 The porch door is ajar, allowing the cats exit and entry.
15 Vivaldi is one of my four cats.
16 Off the porch is another terrace for sitting, which is surrounded with boxwood plantings.
17 Looking in the westward direction again, I spotted a faint arc of a rainbow!
18 Checking the sun's progress - dazzling!
19 Moments later, the sky toned down.
20 And the rainbow became bigger and brighter!
21 Another glimpse down the drive, which looks very neat and nicely edged
22 Turning south again
23 And back at the rainbow - It's so unusual to see a rainbow early in the morning and it hadn't even rained.
24 A pretty view across the paddock
25 A view of the recently planted linden allee
26 My gigantic fire cauldron
27 The warm rays of the sun
28 And a final look at the rainbow