This photo of the lake was taken at 5:30 in the morning, so early that the sun hadn't spread the light that colors our world - it almost looks like a black and white pic!
What was I doing up this early? Not sleeping, that's what! I woke with a tummy ache and couldn't get back to sleep, so lay around for over an hour, reviewing in my head all the books I've read this year, contemplating restarting a regular exercise routine, thinking about writing about life in another country, and revisiting what moving is like ... those topics were interesting enough to make sure I stayed awake.
I decided that my best bet was to get up and go outside, and do some gardening in the cool, dewy garden. I found these delightful little dew-webs everywhere - fairy gossamer.
I made sure to use this time to drift through the shallow waters and look out for invasive plants since the light and conditions were perfect. The buttonbushes were showing off their exquisite blooms all along the undeveloped lakeshore. The good news is that I didn't find any invasives!
What a wonderful start to the day (but by 1pm, it felt like 4pm).