Morning has broken

     Morning has broken…these lyrics sung by Cat Stevens come to mind as I watch the dawn break over the Broward on this spring like morning. Did you hear they are trying to sue the most famous weather guesser of all? A Pox on those people in Ohio who are trying to sue Punxsutawney Phil for his winter forecast. What will they do next, sue the Easter Bunny too!

     I can’t help but wonder in amazement in the morning light as I watch the Broward come alive with winged wonders. There are fewer and fewer birds it seems this past week or so in the morning. The other day I sat and watched a young river otter sliding through the low tidal stream and then go under the dock beneath my feet in search of food. It was still too dark for a good photo. It is aware but unalarmed with my presence and just looks up at me and then continues up the stream and finally slithers into the marsh grass upstream. Now I know who is making those mud trails I saw the other day. This morning I don’t even try to hide in the blind but roll the canopy back and just sit in the seat and enjoy the morning sun. The eagles are still present and one flies up the river. There are two faithful Brown Pelicans, a Tricolored Heron, some Cormorants and several Egrets though who greet the morning today. And I cannot forget about “George” and Spunky the Kingfisher either. The pelicans seem to know I am there anyway and soar even closer. I can almost touch them at times. They are so graceful and yet comical when the suddenly seem to stop in mid air and plunge into the river. A Great Egret soars in from the west catching the morning sun on broad white wings. I know its not springtime in Ohio yet but is sure is in Florida. Keep hoping, the sun will shine soon. 

     I wonder what the first dawn looked like on earth when that first week of work was done. Can you imagine looking on a sunrise for the first time in a place where nothing was touched or tainted by man and time?  I wish it could be like that again. Maybe it will be someday soon.  I was going to get a Lawyer to sue Adam and Eve for messing things up but he said there are too many similar suits ahead of me. So I will just sit her and enjoy this morning anyway. Be Blessed. Harry


Morning Has Broken

As Sung by Cat Stevens

lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon


Morning has broken, like the first morning

Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird

Praise for the singing, praise for the morning

Praise for the springing fresh from the word

Dawn breaks as the Tricolored Heron waits.

The eagle glides over the Broward.

The Snowy Egret catches the sunrise on its wings.

A male cormorant flies overhead.

And then turns around for a closer look at the guy with the camera!

The Brown Pelican flies so close I can touch it almost, i feel the drops of water as it flies by.

Whoa, is that a fish over there?


George reflects in the morning light.

Then does a fly by. A bit perturbed it seems. I disturbed him.

The Great Egret catches the morning sun on borad white wings.

Can you imagine the first dawn?

A river otter slithers up the tidal stream.

The egret casts a wary eye on the otter as it goes by.


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