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Photo Challenge ~ Morning June 10, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Nature.

We’re not usually up in time to hear the cock’s crow . . .

Or to witness first light: . . .

Unless we’re still celebrating the preceding night . . .

We seldom go for an early stroll on the beach . . .

Or a canoe ride at dawn . . .

Just thinking about it makes us yawn . . .

Sometimes we wake up on the wrong side of the bed . . .

Which causes us to be cranky . . .


Until we’ve been fed . . .

We’ve heard that sunrises are often spectacular . . .

And that the early bird gets the worm . . .

But we’d rather eat donuts at noon . . .

Than get up at the crack of dawn . . .

To hear some blasted rooster singing Cock-A-Doodle-Doo . . .

How about you? 

Early Bird . . . or Night Owl?

No rules.  Just write!

Related posts:  Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Morning * Brighten Your Day With A Song (Barb’s Blog) * Morning (The Only Cin) * Cock-A-Doodle-Moo (Flying G’ma) * Sanderling Sunrise (Doris Rudd Designs) * Morning (On The Bench) * Morning Glories (Deb) * Morning Tea (Random Thoughts From Midlife) * Morning (Barb’s Blog)


1. barb19 - June 10, 2011

I’m a morning person and love hearing the rooster with his cock-a-doodle-do! Anyway, the kookaburras usually beat him to it with their cackling!
Great post & pics!

nrhatch - June 10, 2011

Thanks, Barb. I love sleeping with the window open to hear the birds greeting the dawn . . . before I roll over and go back to sleep. 😀

I’ve never heard a kookaburra cackling. That would be a treat.

2. souldipper - June 10, 2011

I really like both – the quiet of the late night and the peaceful light of dawn. In place of a rooster, I have a little black cat who wants in or out at dawn – determined by the previous day’s quota of mice. Enjoyed your photos, Nance.

nrhatch - June 10, 2011

Thanks, Amy. I had a blast picking out the photos for this week’s challenge . . . despite the lack of morning pictures to peruse and choose. 😀

Tigger usually lets us sleep until 7:15 or 7:30 . . . he’s a real sport.

3. klassikurvz - June 10, 2011

Love the pictures and the commentary.

nrhatch - June 10, 2011

Thanks, Klassi!

4. jannatwrites - June 10, 2011

I liked the pictures, but my favorites were of Tigger. I cracked up at him in the Amazon box – couldn’t even be bothered to open his eyes all the way! And he looked like he was guarding those donuts…too cute!

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

Thanks, Janna.

Tigger loves getting into boxes, bags, baskets, bins, and bowls . . . and he’s terrific at guarding donuts. 😀

5. Cindy - June 11, 2011

Haha, loved this, cheered me up. (Ready to sell my child for a cigarette!)

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

Glad you enjoyed. Just keep eating (and drinking) to wash away the crazies. 😉

6. adeeyoyo - June 11, 2011

What a nice post, Nancy. I think there is nothing better than to wake up to a crowing cock… Oh for the days I lived on a farm…! I love your pics too, especially the ‘early bird’ paddling on the edge of the breakers!

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

I love watching the herons and egrets fishing for breakfast on the beach. Although usually by the time I arrive they’re fishing for lunch. 😀

I’ve only lived on a farm for a short time one summer. I know that I couldn’t wait to hop out of bed and run outside. So much to see and do . . . tractors, baby kittens, clucking chickens, crowing roosters, tree swings, and piles of hay.

7. kateshrewsday - June 11, 2011

What a feel-good post, Nancy 🙂 Lovely pictures

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

Thanks, Kate. This post was TONS of FUN. I’ve been wanting to share those roosters with everyone.

8. Sandra Bell Kirchman - June 11, 2011

Fun post, Nancy. I generally alternate, depending on what my hubby and I are doing that day. However, I am a night owl at heart and have real trouble getting to bed before two, which decides whether I sleep in or not. I also have two puppies who LOVE to cuddle. The are so comfy in the morning that I do have trouble getting up, no matter what time I go to bed. Thank god for coffee!

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

I can get up whenever I need to . . . but if left to my own devices (with no worry about a wake up call), I’d hit the hay between midnight and 2 am and never see the sunrise.

9. Piglet in Portugal - June 11, 2011

Great pics! I rarely go to bed before midnight so I’m def not a morning person.
7.30am is usually my time…

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

Same here, PiP. I’m rarely up before 7:30 unless something’s happening that mandates rising early.

10. eof737 - June 11, 2011

Night owl with shadings of early bird… Love this post and pictures. 🙂

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

Thanks, E! As long as I get 8 hours of sleep, I’m rarely a “Grumpy Gus” in the morning. But I still enjoy greeting the day with a cup of coffee in hand.

11. Tilly Bud - June 11, 2011

Definitely an early bird 🙂

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

You and Cin are early risers of note. Despite the 6 hour time difference, you’re starting the next day before I’ve ended the last.

12. granny1947 - June 11, 2011

Good morning NR…a good question…am not really sure.
I can stay up late and get up early but not in the same time span.
In summer I love to walk on the beach and watch the sunrise but it is difficult to get myself moving.

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

You’ve hit it on the head for me. I like to get up and greet the day S~L~O~W~L~Y, with a cup of coffee. I’m not anxious to “get up and go” first thing in the morning.

I like to move it, move it . . . but not in the morning. 😉

13. Samyak - June 11, 2011

I love this post and pictures.
am early bird too.

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

Early birds and night owls benefit from balance and rhythm . . . even if they aren’t following the same beat. 😀

14. flyinggma - June 11, 2011

I’m both. I love the early morning for its quiet and uninterrupted time but I love staying up working late on some project or reading a good book late into the night. Only problem is if I try to do both in the same 24 hour period without much sleep in between.

Love the rooster, it fits so well with my post today.

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

Ooh, intrigued. I’ll be around shortly. Loved the Goat’s Beard last night.

That’s one thing I’m pretty disciplined about . . . 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

15. juliajustgotcreative - June 11, 2011

Wonderful post, love it!

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

Thanks, Julia!

16. phrogmom - June 11, 2011

cute! i am kind of a middle person i think, don’t like to stay up too late, or get up too early! goldilocks!

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

When we find our own inner rhythm and follow it, it adds to our life balance. Go Goldilocks! 😀

17. Booksphotographsandartwork - June 11, 2011

I’m completely a night person. I have only been getting up early now because of snorty. i’m getting really tired of it. i hate mornings. i wish i was a morning person but i am not. never have been and i guess i never will be. cute photos.

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

Thanks, Linda. I’m happy to greet each new day . . . as long as I don’t have to get up and get moving at the crack of dawn. 😀

When BFF is away, I have to get up with Tigger earlier than I want. He’s very cuddly in the morning, so I don’t mind . . . as long as it’s a temporary situation.

18. Patricia - June 11, 2011

I like to stay up late and get up early and take a nap in the afternoon to balance it all out. If I had to choose one I have to say night owl.

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

I have a tough time taking naps . . . I lie there for awhile without falling asleep and get up feeling groggy.

I wish I could “cat nap” ~ stay up late, get 3-4 hours of sleep, and take 10 minute naps throughout the day, as necessary. =^_^=

19. carldagostino - June 11, 2011

Bird art is cool. At condo no room to try this myself.

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

We loved these metal sculptures. The first are from Prescott Studios (located in Sante Fe, NM):


The bottom rooster is on display at the Village of the Arts in Bradenton:


20. dorisrudddesigns - June 11, 2011

Great morning shots! Love the reflection in the feet shot and love the color in the first shot.

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

Thanks, Doris! I had a blast with this theme.

21. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - June 11, 2011

I’m very much a dog person, but I get the biggest kick out of pictures of cats. Those eyes!

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

You nailed it! Cat’s Eyes are so expressive . . . and rarely do they show up as “red eye” when photographed. In contrast, many of the dog photos I take end up with glaring red eyes reflecting back the flash.

22. Nancy Curteman - June 11, 2011

I wake up at seven, but stay in bed reading until eight. My Honey brings me coffee. It’s my favorite time of day. Love your photos.

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

That’s an extremely civilized way to awake to the new day. Thanks, Nancy.

23. Tammy McLeod - June 11, 2011

I love the kitty photos and the early morning.

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

Tigger’s developing quite a fan base! He’s appointed us President and CEO of his Fan Club.

Dues are minimal . . . one bag of Tigger Treats! 😉

24. grandawn - June 11, 2011

The roosters are a hoot!! What a fun photographic poem.

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

Thanks, Grandawn. I’ve been taking the Weekly Photo Challenge too “seriously.” I had such fun with this one that I may try to do photo poems more often.

25. therealsharon - June 11, 2011

I’m a night owl ALL the way! Always have been and I suppose I always will be!
I love the photos and the poem for this challenge. 🙂

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

Thanks, Sharon. As an attorney, I went to bed and got up earlier . . . but not by choice. 🙂

26. DorkyDeb - June 11, 2011

I loved your take on it !
Definitely a night owl here! I cringe so bad at the thought of “mornings” that I went a different route with my post and posted about one of my spring/summer project, morning glories. 😉

nrhatch - June 11, 2011

Thanks, Deb. I’ll swing round and take a peak at your morning glories.

27. frizztext - June 12, 2011
nrhatch - June 12, 2011

Thanks, Fritz. We are fortunate to have awesome birds around us here. This morning, I’ve seen a hawk, an osprey (with the fish it just caught), a great blue heron sitting in a tree, a great white egret soaring overhead, and ducks paddling and waddling around . . . all within 1/2 mile of our house.

28. Tokeloshe - June 12, 2011

Great post!

I’m definitely not a morning person.

nrhatch - June 12, 2011

Thanks, Tok! I’ve seen far more sunsets than sunrises . . . and I expect that trend to continue. 😀

29. Christine Grote - June 12, 2011

Early bird all the way. Morning is the best time of day, especially on a beach before everyone else gets up ( not that I’m anywhere near a beach unlike OTHER people. . .) The pictures are fun.

nrhatch - June 12, 2011

You’ll just have to visit one of your blogging buddies who live at or near the beach ~ Granny (South Africa), Barb (Australia), Me (Florida). 😀

If I’m staying right ON the beach, I tend to get up with the sun ~ especially if I’m on the East Coast. Watching the sun rise over the ocean motivates me to stir from under the covers. Here, on the West Coast of Florida, the sun setting over the Gulf is the highlight.

30. 2e0mca - June 13, 2011

Well that’s cheered me up on a Monday:-) Nice take on the subject!

nrhatch - June 13, 2011

Thanks! Your comment cheered me up on a Monday . . . morning.

31. CMSmith - June 13, 2011

Thanks for the link, Nancy.

nrhatch - June 13, 2011

Here’s to our morning pick-me-ups! 😀

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