Today's photo prompt is "9:00." I have no idea if I will still be awake at 9:00 pm, so I carried my phone around with me on my morning chores and snapped a few photos. At 9:00 am, I am usually done with or in the middle of feeding our farm animals.
While Mabel lounged in the house, lingering over her breakfast of the usual kibble and water, I headed outside to feed rabbits and chickens their version of kibble and water. The rabbits get excited every morning for that handful of wispy green hay, and the chickens dance and chatter as I scatter seeds.
Micah wanted to help, and he offered so sweetly, but his presence makes the rabbits (and me on their behalf) nervous, so I asked him to wait outside. Sneaking just his toes in, he complied with my request.
Micah and I don't usually take our long hike until the afternoon, after I have accomplished whatever I have planned for that day: cleaning, writing, farm project, errands, etc. But, today, his body language clearly indicated that he was ready to spring into action, so I tipped my head in the direction of the trail and said, "Let's go" and he was off and running!
We took a long time in the woods, trying to find new places to explore. We tried to find the lake on the horizon from the high clearings in the cedar wood where the fern grow lush in mid-summer, but the lake was hidden behind veils of fog. Undeterred by the weather, the birds were busy and cheerful as they went about their morning routine: eat a little, sing a little, wing a little, eat a little more.
The air is heavy with mist this morning, as it has been these past few days. There is no blue sky, no golden sun, only these quiet woods and the slow unfolding of green leaves all around the edges of the world.
Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you a lovely morning, followed by a beautiful day.