A Blue Velvet Cloak

I wrap myself in the blue velvet cloak 
of an early morning sky before sunrise.
The deep blue speaks to all my senses, calm, beautiful
full of promise of another new day.
The light reflections in the water glimmer brightly
foraging for treasures beneath the surface.

I hasten my step to get to a place where I can see the lightening sky
without obstacles.
As I approach the spot, the sky is being repainted
in shades of soft yellow and orange tinged with pink.

Tones of blue take over
and the water, not wanting to be left out,
proudly reflects the sky
adding a few ripples which makes the whole scene come alive
like a moving film.

The scene increases in drama
and I hold my breath at the sheer beauty
as the slideshow of the sky seems to accelerate.

Just like me,
two water birds look expectantly towards the horizon

The movements in the water
ondulate to a secret rhythm only known to them.
Far away, golden trumpets announce the arrival of the sun.

The silence is astounding
and the first golden rays of the sun ease themselves over the dip
in the mountains beyond,
creating a pale ribbon of sparkling light across the water.
A small boat slides silently across my line of vision.

I witness the birth of a new day
and I feel a surge of energy grow within me which tingles joyfully
in the tips of my fingers right down to my toes.

I feel renewed.

Sharing my experience of Visual Journaling with you.

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  1. Wow, Sandra, thanks for sharing the progression of this sunrise! The colors, the reflections... just beautiful!
    Kate :}

  2. A wonderfully refreshing and uplifting post . . .thank you xxx

  3. Beautiful photos and beautiful prose:)
    Thank you.

  4. An early morning when darkness is overtaken by the hope of rebirth - you were fully present to witness and record. The succession of photos put me right there with you, Sandra. Fabulous sunrise shots!

  5. What beautiful views these are, Sandra!

  6. Your words were perfect for your photos..I felt like I was there with you watching the birth of a new day!

  7. Such a striking sequence of images, Sandra! Guessing you were out very early to partake of this beauty :) Obviously it was worth getting up early for!!! My favs are #3, 4, and 5.

  8. Your words and your images are both magically! I feel like I'm standing right there with you witnessing the dawn of another day which we'd been blessed with! Love the timing of the boat that happened by right at the moment of sunrise.

  9. So, so lovely, both words and photos. Blue velvet is the perfect description for that colour of sky! And the moment of silence as the sun appears ... you captured it all so perfectly.

    Have a wonderful week, Sandra! :)

  10. Gorgeous shots and poetic words.

  11. What gorgeous photos and equally beautiful lines.

  12. Oh my
    what beautiful images
    and your words
    are wonderful.
    Reading and viewing
    I feel like a blanket of peace
    has dropped over me.
    I needed it :)

  13. I think you have a gift, Sandra, for seamlessly flowing between words and images. And, it looks as thought others agree!

    1. Thank you Kim, for this positive feedback which I appreciate. It is lovely to tread new ground and to feel that my path has opened up to new and exciting possibilities.

  14. stunning pictures - what a beautiful part of the world you live it. I felt renewed after reading your lovely words. Thank you for checking on me - yes it's been a busy time with the girls. I'll be back to the blog very shortly!

  15. Wonderful sunrise...

    xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :)

  16. thank you for sharing sunrise with us/me. I rarely see it, being a night owl, perhaps i will change my hours for a while to enjoy. so beautiful are your images and words.

  17. These photographs are beautiful and so are your words that describe them - I would love to live by water that is so tranquil and calming.

  18. Just beautiful - and you have that gift for sure as said above !

  19. Truly stunning images Sandra. I've been trying to catch the dawn this week too, but it happens so early in midsummer and I've been so tired.

  20. I feel renewed after viewing these beautiful images, Sandra. I love the quiet in the early morning and watching the light change from one minute to the next. A new day, a wonderful gift.