I recommend Dawn.

Sea shore at summer dawn.

Summer dawn, what’s not to love. It’s here today, not to stay for long.

Thistles and a butterfly at summer dawn.

Up the hill, or down to the beach. Will drive empty streets. Watch the light sneak into the pre-dawn quiet.
I’m the sinister figure looking into your rice field, or up at the sky with my back facing the sun asleep right below the horizon.

What’s she doing out there, which planet is she from, she waiting for a ride back home, oh look, she’s talking, to her friends in the sky, or spirits of frogs ran over during the night…

Field with a slanted fence, at summer dawn.

In fact I’d be talking to myself, can I just not move for a moment or two, which ain’t audible to rural early risers, not until I laugh fairly loudly at my own sloth; I hate tripod.

Rice field at summer dawn.

All the images were shot in late June, 2013 – sometime around the solstice, by yours truly the staying upper, camera hand held.

近頃カエルの声がいくぶん大きくなったように感じる。個体がでかくなったのか、声帯だけぶっとくなったのかそれとも頭数が増えたのか。謎は深まるばかりだが、目にする単体は無邪気に小さくて愛くるしい。

なかには夜になると田んぼから飛び出し、夜露のアスプァルト上を弾性の嬉しそうなカーブを描いてはねるのもいて、こっちはたいした善人でもないが慌ててジグザグ走行に入り、このときばかりは過疎暮らしに感謝する。

夏の明け方は夜通し鳴きつづけたカエルたちの声もこころなしか疲れ気味でその数も少ない。車を止めて一歩踏み出すと、子供部屋のベッドリネンの柄のようにコミカルなポーズで真っ平らに轢かれたカエルたちが目に入る。彼らはまたカエルとして戻ってきて明日の夜あたりには大合唱に加わるのだろうか。無風で湿度の高い薄明かりに謎の粒子がみっしり詰まる夜明け前の一瞬である。

写真はすべて夏至あたりの早朝に怪しく撮影。

4 thoughts on “I recommend Dawn.

  1. dear Yuko

    i obviously missed a lot at your blog during the last months.

    your photos are stunning beauties!
    i love dawn but visually it’s definitely not so spectacular around here – in my area its particular charm is more the fresh of the morning in these hot days and the sound of the bird’s twittering (and the cat prowling around my legs, purring – because he also loves the birds but doubtlessly in a different way).
    i’ll burn your pictures into my mind to accompany the birth of the next couple of days …

    kind regards from far away
    eve

  2. Thank you Eve!
    Birds and a kitty seem perfect as companions for fresh summer mornings.
    We are having an extended rainy season, most probably keeping those frogs busy reincarnating back to the frog life over and again. In any case they are singing loud and proud nightly.

    Please send my best-est wish to him for his luck in bird hunting,
    yuko

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