Sunday, November 20, 2016

The unexpected things.



A spectacular dawn. A band of thick cloud on the horizon blocks the light from the rising sun and seems to push it sideways. The ground, where Bob is busy hunting unsuccessfully for moles, briefly lit from below rather than above.

All the village cockerels are in full voice. They appreciate the mornings particular beauty. Deer , mostly in groups of three, briefly appear on the lane then disappear.  Above us late partying owls, white feathers visible against the dark, swoop from the plane trees in search of one last snack. They screech. Bob glares at them.


By the time we've wandered up the hill from an unsuccessful fishing trip to the waterfall it's brighter. The mundane industrial bricks that make up the little church burn red in the sunrise . In seven years this is only the second time I've seen it light up like this. About a month ago, as the sun was setting and the atmosphere was full of dust from the Sahara, it did something similar. I chuckle at the thought that this little church is, for a moment, as inspiring as the grandest of cathedrals. A little secret whispered to this early morning dog walker and his companion. A sort of morning  all is well with the world benediction.


Along the lane the trees and The Rickety Old Farmhouse don't so much glow as shimmer.


A quiet Sunday morning in deepest, deepest France profonde but a quite exceptional one. Beauty can be found in the most unexpected places. Bob of course is much more interested in the moles. The moles are not in the least perturbed by Bob.



18 comments:

  1. ANGUS - you have outdone your photographic self with today's blog! Hurry.........run........do not make haste.........the yearly highly coveted
    PHOTO MENTON began today on the Riviera. Your photos would be welcomed, and honoured! Exceptional. You made two of us, on
    the Westcoast of Canada, very happy indeed. Bravo. Well done ANGUS!

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    1. Amazing what a little i-Phone can do.

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  2. Angus, I'm in complete agreement with Anonymous, these photos are stunning, absolutely stunning. They raise the spirits, and make us all welcome the start of yet another new day.
    We hope that Bob and Sophie won't mind taking a back seat in our comments - just for once !

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  3. Thank you for sharing your magnificent early morning with us!

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  4. The morning light is truly wonderful A rare treat indeed,

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  5. Beautiful pictures. The early risers see sights that others don't, and these photos show what most of us are missing.

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  6. Stunning photos Angus - Bravo!

    "Those pesky moles are right to stay below - they live their lives in fear. They are completely aware that a ferocious, hairy beast lurks above their underground hideout" signed- Bob's P.R. Agent

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  7. What a glorious morning! So thankful you shared it.

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  8. Magical! I agree with the comments above, these photos could win many a prize. Thank you for sharing this beautiful Sunday morning!

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  9. With the exception of a male PON, the first photo looks very much like a planetary surface photo with it's dark sky and illuminated surface. Extraordinary!
    A morning of wonder for you: you were blessed.

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    1. Some mornings the male PON displays decidedly alien behaviour.

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  10. Incredible photos! Never knew Bob was a space traveler! ;)

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  11. Simply grand pictures! I think we're in danger of running out of superlatives and they are all well-deserved. What a gift you have given us.

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  12. We thought Bob was on a distant planet in the first shot! What superb lighting....and most people never see it.

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  13. Your pictures bathed in the warm glow of autumn, spread their warmth to us, on a cold day here, in Georgia! Thank you.

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  14. What incredible, beautiful pictures! Such beauty in every day....

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