Solstice dawn

2009 December 21
by David J. Ringer

VICKSBURG, MISS. — Awake before sunrise on the shortest day of the year, I slipped out onto my deck as a chilly dawn broke. Carolina Wrens and Tufted Titmice were singing already.

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Canada Geese dithered in the cool blue half-light.

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And the sun appeared through the trees.

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The geese continued their movements.

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The day did not begin well for one young Red-tailed Hawk.

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Rambunctious male cardinals chased each other through the trees.

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One Response
  1. December 22, 2009

    The mergansers swimming in mist coming off the top of the water really takes my breath away.

    Beautiful morning indeed!

    And if that’s the view from your deck…. Well, um, wow! I’m jealous.

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