Travel theme: Early

Possibly a tad late to participate in this week’s travel theme from Where’s My Backpack¬†however I needed some motivation to start posting more often¬†and this provided the perfect kick in the pants. Taken reasonably early for the time of year, but not quite sunrise, these photos are a selection from our trip to Europe in November last year. Our morning walks were always crowd free, we would see people heading off to work or school but generally there weren’t many people around and we had the streets and piazzas to ourselves.

Morning walk and high tide, Venice
Morning walk and high tide, Venice
Light peaking through the clouds as the sun rises in Venice
Light peaking through the clouds as the sun rises in Venice

Foggy Paris morning

Checking out my settings on an early morning walk along the Seine
Checking out my settings on an early morning walk along the Seine
Beautiful morning in Florence
Beautiful morning in Florence
Perseus' holding Medusa's head over a crowd free Piazza della Signoria, Florence
Perseus’ holding Medusa’s head over a crowd free Piazza della Signoria, Florence

Rain at breakfast, Paris

Morning hit of caffeine, Paris
Morning hit of caffeine, Paris

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

A lone spider on a Magnolia bud
A lone spider soaking up the early morning sun on a Magnolia bud

I love being in the garden early of a morning, the light is still soft and the sun doesn’t have the sting that you feel when outdoors mid-morning. The magnolia tree received quite a hammering in a November hail storm, the ice shredding leaves and destroying new growth so I was thrilled to see the emergence of fresh magnolia buds, the blooms don’t last long in the heat of the summer although that doesn’t prevent me from taking pleasure in their existence.