Ironically this was one of my earlier wake up calls.
Not the morning in the picture, but today, when I am writing this blather.
More than two hours before sunrise, I was up walking around this same spot, a little more than two years later and thought to look East towards the sunrise.
Except it won’t be there for a while.
Coming home to sit in the dark house, I’m going about procrastinating everything that I needed to do and did “other things” instead.
Looking out the back window from my Poang Chair, through the bougainvillea, I saw the same colors starting to show in the eastern skies. Orange tints began to appear, painting the large banana tree leaves under my mango tree back there.
After all, I’m in South Florida. I think it’s a state requirement that you have at least one fruit tree on your property and since I know how to propagate plants, I have too many. Too many banana trees is not really a problem, but the mango can get massive.
My mango looks like it has been mistreated lately, I hacked it down from 15 feet to a more manageable ten. If you “lower” the top of the tree, you will end up with a skeletal look, but the plant is quite forgiving. It’s putting out tiny little chartreuse leaves from the trunk just below where I butchered the plant.
That’s my yard, too many fruit trees in pots. So many that when I look at it from “space”, I can see the trees around the pool.
But that picture. I was standing at NE 7th Avenue and Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors, Florida. Looking east towards the ocean two miles away and the approaching sunrise there was a sign flashing.
I did see something. A beautiful sunrise. It was all for my benefit, at some level. The city has not awakened on that day, June 24, 2017, at 6:14. The warning sign kept repeating its mantra, and I stood there, my faithful sidekick, Rack the SuperDog (TM) looking towards the sunrise and up at my face.
“Isn’t it beautiful, boy? It’s our privilege to be up this early and see the city like this!”
I got a wag or five out of him and he went back to looking at it.
“Well, lets go home, the house should be waking up soon.”
Rack stood up and began walking across the street in the general direction towards our house, tail wagging and leading the way.
Beautiful mornings should be shared. My dog seemed to enjoy it too.
Now, two years later, I’m sharing it with you.
Get out of bed early once in a while, go have a look. You never know what you’ll find.