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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems

Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

first light

yesterday i took this photo just to see how it captured. it's not great but tells the story sufficiently. the beauty of God's handiwork is crisp and alive first thing in the day. call me simple because i get pleasure from seeing the sun filter through the trees morning after morning. i never tire of watching the sun rise (and set), the sounds of birds chirping and singing as they gather their breakfast, the feeling of freshness and newness in the early breezes.


  1. meems,

    it's not fair that i have to keep changing "my favorite photo" choice. now it's this one. LOVE the light. your camera did well!

  2. Nicely done, Meems! Your picture reminds me of the other day when I wish I would have had my camera. It was evening, but the sun was breaking through the clouds. It looked as if God was shining a spotlight down on the earth. Like your picture it was breath taking. The rays were intense and focused. It was one of those moments that it is impossible to deny God's control. It made me think about what it is going to be like when Christ returns. (No, this isn't a post about premillianlism, pretribulation, post-tribulation, or anything dealing with eschatology!) Here in FL we are blessed with some incredible (Meems, I really wanted use the word amazing, but refrained!) sunsets and sunrises. However, I don't think they will compare to the day that He returns.

    Meems- I might have to get up early enough some day and see one of these sunrises you talk about all the time. :)

  3. Nice to come across a fellow Florida gardener. Your blog is beautiful and so are your pictures. My favorite time in the garden is also early morning; I love to spend a few minutes every morning before going to work walking in my garden with a cup of coffee. There is always something new that was not there the day before, the smell, the birds. In other words is magical.

  4. Oh. it's gorgeous! Amazing capture! And your yard is just so beautiful! Any time you want to spend some time in the Big Bend, feel free to bring your tools and talent and go wild in my yard. LOL!

    Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

  5. mlm, thanks for the vote.

    jane, i often ponder on what it will be like because HE is coming soon.

    rusty, thanks for stopping by... magical time indeed - and the coffee is always good too!

    sophie, thank you. our youngest son actually lives in tallahassee- you must be fairly close by.

    i'm always game to spend someone else's money. :-)

  6. Jane,

    Ever hear the Jeff Deyo song that says (in a raised voice full of fervency):"One day we'll look on Your face. We'll see You in all of Your glory. And we won't need the sun, and we won't need the moon, all we will need is You!"

    I love that song and play it over and over just to hear that part. I'm a moon-lover way more than a sun-lover, but to think of a time when Light is so intense that we'll need neither ever again...well, I'm overwhelmed by God's glory.

  7. I know this is a late post, but here I am just catching up! Sometimes weekends get away from me, especially because I worked both Sat & Sun, and didn't have time for blogging. That is hard for me, because I really enjoy the blogspots daily.

    Your photograph is quite beautiful, and your complaints about your camera seem unfounded when you produce such "amazing" pics repeatedly. My impression was not so much of the Lord's 'future coming' as it was of His arrival into our lives each & every day. The photo, to me, seems to capture the essence of His cheery "Good morning, here I am to share the wonders of this day with you, and how are you doing today?". One of your earlier posts called "Rest and Peace", referred to this time of the day when you 'come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses'. There you meet the Lord, commune with Him, and set your day on a path with Him. This photo reminded me of His glorious infusion into all of our daily comings and goings, His personal interest in each one of our lives and needs, and His generous sharing of His presence continuously in our earthly realm.

    Also, practical person that I am, I think the final coming of the Lord will not be such as this photo depicts. The scripture says "For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a mighty shout and with the soul-stirring cry of the archangel and the great trumpet-call of God. And the Christians who are dead will be the first to rise to meet the Lord. Then we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with Him forever". 1 Thess. 4:16,17

    It seems to me that we need to be 'listening' for His return, because only those who know His voice will hear His call to join Him in the heavens and to leave our earth space for an eternal kingdom above. We should all keep our ears keen to hear that voice, even if it should come as a thief in the dark of night.

  8. Your yard is very peaceful and beautiful. It definitely exudes a spiritual nature.Your post reminded me of Robert Benson's book, Digging In, in which he describes his yard in detail as the morning light arrives.

  9. sg: you can comment any time- sometimes we just have to catch up. :-)

    thanks for the reminder to be listening and alert!

    susan: your comment sent me searching for the book & author you referenced. i will pick up a copy when i am next in a bookstore... looks like something i will enjoy... thanks.

  10. ahh first light... I love it. I am not much of a morning person but as an avid outdoorsman I have enjoyed many "first lights" in the blind, stand or on the boat. It never ceases to amaze me the tranquil beauty of nature as the breeze picks up just as dawn is arriving. I love sitting in a stand of tall pines and hearing the breeze coming from what seems like a mile away as it rustles through the tree tops, and then inevitably the first rays of light begin to glimmer through shortly after its passing. Or sitting with a friend in a blind and hearing the mangroves shake and stir as that first breeze of the morning makes its way through them. The anticipation starts to grow as the world awakens and before they can be seen you can hear "birds on the wing" with their unmistakable whiring sound passing by in the last remaining shadows of the night. Once again those first rays of light begin to refract off the water and illuminate the decoys.... Where is my gun and where is the fall I am ready to go now...:)

    Thanks for the post it brought to mind a lot of good memories of "first light". The photo was great and I totally understand why you love that time of day so much.

  11. nt: thanks for the visit. i've never sat in a stand but your description of first light made it easy to imagine. it is all that you stated which draws me up and out of bed each morning... i don't want to miss the thrill!

  12. I much prefer moonlight to sunlight...would that be considered "last light"? But Nathan Talbot's comment was so beautifully written that I'm almost persuaded to get up early--or become a hunter. Lovely post, NT! I didn't know you had it in you!


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