04.12.2022 Why I rise so early

Well, Bentley needing to go out at 3 a.m. has something to do with it but I’ve always got out of bed early anyway. Mornings like this are a reward for being a good dog dad.

This is Pack Monadnock in the distance, which I used to think was actually Mount Monadnock.  That has a different shape, much lass softly rounded, and actually is hidden behind a closer Harris Hill which is to the right, it’s leftmost slope just at the edge of this frame.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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22 Responses to 04.12.2022 Why I rise so early

  1. Priti says:

    Beautiful 🥰 well shared thanks 😊

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  2. Beautiful and totally worth waking up early.

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    • Waking early is not totally under my control but I don’t mind very much when this is a possibility. It doesn’t happen every morning which makes these experiences special. Thanks, Alessandra!


  3. shoreacres says:

    Do you know the Mary Oliver poem titled “Why I Wake Early”? That’s the first thing your image and title brought to mind:

    Hello, sun in my face.
    Hello, you who make the morning
    and spread it over the fields
    and into the faces of the tulips
    and the nodding morning glories,
    and into the windows of, even, the
    miserable and crotchety–

    best preacher that ever was,
    dear star, that just happens
    to be where you are in the universe
    to keep us from ever-darkness,
    to ease us with warm touching,
    to hold us in the great hands of light–
    good morning, good morning, good morning.

    Watch, now, how I start the day
    in happiness, in kindness.

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  4. Wally Jones says:

    What a beautiful landscape photograph! That, in itself, is a great motivation to rise early.

    Growing up, I lived for the weekends when we went fishing. Arriving at the lake before sunup, getting the boat in the water and slowly cruising away from the shoreline just as it started to become light enough to see. That rising early thing stuck with me. Now, getting into the forest while it’s still dark and being able to experience the day begin – it’s a special time.

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    • I wish my early rising habit grew from experiences such as your childhood, Waly. Mine started as a result of a paper route. But I make up for what I missed back then now and hope I continue for a while. Still a year or two until retirement but like you did as a child, I live for the weekends now.
      Thanks. Glad you enjoyed a bit of New England twilight.

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  5. Your reference to the mountain sent me packing to the dictionary for an interpretation. The closest definition I found to explain the first word in Pack Monadnock was ‘a concentrated or compacted mass (as of snow or ice).’ But then I looked up Pack Monadnock directly, and the article at


    notes that “The Wapack Range [is] sometimes referred to as the Pack Monadnock Range,” so Pack could be a shortening of Wapack.

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  6. Todd Henson says:

    Mmmmmm, you do make a very compelling case for getting up early. 🙂

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  7. Tina says:

    That’s definitely a view worth rising early for, as is Bentley, I’m sure!

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    • Thanks, Tina. Bentley certainly is. A faithful companion, he stayed by my side 24/7 a few years ago while I was recovering from a serious illness. I wish I could take him with me on my photographic forays but where I go most often dogs are not allowed and it would be easy to lose a beagle in the woods.


  8. Elegant capture, Steve, and good job with being dog dad!

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  9. Pink Sky In Morning, Sailors Warning. Wonderful landscape shot!

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