I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.–Franklin D. Roosevelt
If the world is divided into “early” birds” and “hit-the-snooze-button” birds, then I’m definitely in the second category. To my way of thinking, FDR was right. Early birds are supposed to be lucky and noble and hard-working. But in fact, we associate too much virtue and glory with the early risers. On the weekends, my husband proudly recites everything he’s accomplished before I’ve gotten out of bed. Given that he usually has about a two-hour head start to his day, I’m always in the position of catching up. However, I can keep working until the early evening when he’s already stretched on the couch flicking channels. So, does it really matter that I rarely see the sun rise? It’s time to sing the praises of those of us who are “I-need-a-second-cup-of- coffee” people. We have our virtues too. And we are not slackers. We get the same amount of work done, but we just do it later than those cheerfully obnoxious early birds.
By this point, you should not be surprised that I had to do quite a bit of digging to come up with a few shots taken in the early morning. Often, on vacation, I find it easier to “rise and shine.” (Ugh. My parents woke up my sister and me every school-day morning with that ridiculously optimistic greeting, which still makes me cringe and want to bury myself deeper under the covers.) So, here are a few shots taken in the morning during our travels.
1. A morning walk on the beach in Hollywood, Florida. I processed the iPhone shot in Photoshop, boosted the contrast, saturation, and vibrance, and then added a black and white filter.
2. A Busy Bee Caught on a Morning Walk in Boston Commons. I added more saturation, vibrancy, and contrast in Photoshop, and applied the burn tool to the bee’s body and some of the flowers.
3. I took this shot one rare April morning when I rose early and saw that the ice was cracking on Lake Winnepesaukee, signalling the official end of winter. I positioned the camera on the dock and stretched out on my stomach, peering through the viewfinder, trying to get the right angle. In Photoshop, I boosted the vibrancy, color, and contrast.
Do any of these shots make you want to set your alarm for 5 a.m. tomorrow morning? To see some more early bird shots, click here. Thanks for your comments, as always, and have a wonderful week–even those of you who “rise and shine!”