Scrolling back and forth through the files in my gray matter, I found no photo that stood out. There were surely several hundred stunning images of Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica, where I live when I am not in Ecuador. I knew that a search through those files would trigger attention deficit detours down memory lane, and I might not emerge until sunset tomorrow!
But a detour seemed necessary, and instantly I was swimming through sunrise memories. Taking a deep breath I opened the folder and began dog paddling through files!
Anticipation of dawn often prompts me out the door while most of my friends are still slumbering. There’s always a bonus for tipping through the dawn with expectations of the day, and on rare occasions I am rewarded with primal moments with the olive ridley sea turtles.
Watching an army of miniature tanks is a memorable experience, though their first swimming lessons illustrate the meaning of breathtaking!
“Breathtaking,” I warned myself, “Breathtaking. Not baby turtles scuttling down the beach or frigates doing touch and goes in front of my house or…”
Will this work?
Of course, a memory is attached to the above image: One day my friend Marie stated, “I came by your house at six in the morning, and you were already gone!” I smiled and showed her the photo, which was my reward for leaving the house at 4:30!
There are also rewards for being ready for sunset moments. How’s this for a soothing end to the day? A man enjoys a quiet respite with his dogs before returning to a demanding evening of culinary work.
Playa San Miguel surely has more than a fair share of stunning sunsets!
Although few early risers participate in the morning celebration of the sun, most people in touch with their senses will brake for the sunset!
While most ponder their evening’s activities as the sun sizzles on the horizon, I tweak my antennae back to the olive ridley sea turtles. The burning sky cools to blues and violets, and I embark upon a twilight vigil in hopes of witnessing the return of this vanishing species.
Sometimes I get lucky.
Thank you, “Island Traveler” for allowing me the luxury of a reflective afternoon! Hopefully this post is worthy for this week’s theme, “Breathtaking.” Z
P.S. This post is dedicated to Lonesome George.