Mist and mirrors at dawn

As beautiful as the mornings are around here, we have to admit: it’s rare for us to get up at the crack of dawn (when we don’t have to), and rarer still for us to be in Guerneville, the neighboring town (four miles upriver from Monte Rio) as the sun is just coming up.

But we’re so glad we woke up early one recent morning and decided to go out. We ended up riverside just as the sun was rising.

A light mist swirled atop the water’s surface and the trees slowly began to glow brighter and brighter green as the sun’s rays hit their leaves.

We were still a little sleepy, but the slight chill in the air was bracing. The river seemed to be just waking up as well.

Although we were near the main highway, the morning was almost silent, except for some birdsong and the splashes of fish in the river, marked by slowly spreading concentric rings on the otherwise glassy surface. And occasionally, small caravans of ducks swam or flew by, but with little quacking.

The river is always full of life, and with all this wildlife keeping us company for the sunrise, we were surprised, and a little amazed, at the morning’s perfect stillness.

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A fall morning on the Russian River: as mist swirls atop the river, the reflections of nearby trees are mirrored in its glassy surface.

 

 

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