Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Muted morning, moon, magpies and other matters

As usual I was out for an early morning walk as Fiona went to her women's workout. The mornings are finally getting lighter - spring must be heading our way. Still the morning was soft and muted this morning - with a fragment of moon clinging to the last of the nightlight.

©2014 Barry Smith - A fragment of moon at dawn
The valley of course was filled with soft pastel colours.

©2014 Barry Smith - The muted colours of dawn
©2014 Barry Smith - Soft morning light on the mountains
The early morning light seems to bring out the Magpies to feed; and sit on the power lines to run a song line.

©2014 Barry Smith - Magpie and moon
As the light grew in strength the blossoms showed off their colours.

©2014 Barry Smith - Blossom and brambles
©2014 Barry Smith - Pine blossoms catch early sunlight
©2014 Barry Smith - Sweetpea in our garden
And the last of Fiona's Peace weather grams contrasted with the valley light.

©2014 Barry Smith - Fragment of Peace weather gram
The day gave way to hard work as I'm working with a builder to strengthen and straighten the log retaining wall at the back of the house. It has  required me to move lots of gravel, dig lots of trenches - but now we are up to bolting heavy plates to the cement foundations of the house and tying the wall to the house with thick steel rods, posts and plates.

©2014 Barry Smith - Bolting the wall to the house
©2014 Barry Smith - Serious steel plates etc etc
One thing about living on a slope is that you get to enjoy the bliss of the valley and early morning light; but it also requires quite a bit of work to upkeep a house on an acre of sloping land.


  1. Your valley is stunning in all lights, B, and the sunlight on the blooms is beautiful. I can see the need for the construction work, but it will be worth it to have that added strength. Another wonderful post!

  2. Hi S & C - thanks for your visit and comments. S - thanks - I do like some of the early light shots. C - I never take this place for granted. At least the construction will keep things looking good. Go well - peace. B


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