The last day of the year was coming to an end. Fleeting rays of the setting sun performed their last dance around the tree tops. Dusk started to settle over the salt marsh. And most birds were tucked away in their sleeping quarters.
The ‘blue hour’ came. Fully booked dinner cruise boats floated from the bay onto the ocean. But at the darkened northwest corner of the park now closed, activity continued all evening long. Until the last hour of the last day of 2015.
As the midnight hour approached, the moon slept on its big tummy on a misty bed over the bay. The Christmas tree at the local hospital on the opposite shore was brightly lit. Lights were still shining from many windows. For some fellow passengers on this earthly journey, the first night would be greeted in a hospital bed.
And then the ball finally dropped in front of the crowds in the big city. The skies were set alight. Followed by loud kabooms reverberating over the salt marsh.
Star showers fell towards the ocean and the beach. Shapes in bright colors filled the sky.
And if the salt marsh residents had not covered their eyes and ears with their wings, they did see a bird looking right down on them from the skies. A symbol of something we all need. Peace.
The Night Herons and Barn Owls were certainly not the only birds awakened by people’s celebration at this first hour of the first night. But luckily it soon became quiet. The moon wiggled out of its misty bed and shone brightly to light up the first night. Once again, a new year was born.
76 thoughts on “A Journey into the First Night. On My Terrace.”
Love love love your description of the events! 🙂 ❤
Happy you liked the journey, Natalie, although it was not offering much exercise 🙂
Oh it was grand exercise for my imagination! 👍
That moon shot is stunning!! And your fireworks photos ain’t too shabby either … ;))
Happy you liked this little colorful journey, Sally. Happy 2016!
Wonderful photos, Tiny. May your days bring you light and love in the new year my friend. ❤
Thank you Jackie! I spent quite a bit of time out on the terrace last night. I wish you good health, happiness and enjoyable writing in 2016 my friend ❤ I'm ready to work on the 3rd cover. It will be so much fun!
Beautiful photos to ring out the year!
Happy you liked them Kathy! It was a colorful spectacle.
The photos of the fireworks are wonderful. Happy New Year!
Thank you. And Happy 2016 to you too, Sheryl!
Looks amazing Helen. You certainly have the life at the Marsh! 🙂
It was a beautiful night, albeit a bit loud. Today cloudy and hopefully some rain 🙂
Beautiful photos, Tiny. The moonscape is fascinating. 🙂
Thank you. I realized I had never “shot” moon in that position, like laying down 🙂
Gorgeous shots & commentary as always!! Happy New Year to you & yours! 🎉🍸
Thank you Stacey! Happy 2016 to you & yours too!!
You write so well and with such imagination and also take such splendid pictures, I loved the fireworks. All the best for 2016.
Happy you enjoyed the lights in the sky, Susan. I wish you good health and many new adventures in 2016.
A nice and thoughtful series, Tiny. Happy New Year to you and yours,
Glad you liked it Ulli. Happy 2016 to you too!
Wow…wonderful. Especially loved the sunset over the palms. Beautiful…
Thank you David. Right now the sun sets more southwest and hits the marsh at a beautiful angle. Although today we’re in for a “rain set”.
Your first photo is stunning, love it! Wonderful post, full of inspiration, thank you Helen! 🙂 Y
Thank you Donna! I hope this year will bring even more birds and more beautiful sunsets to the marsh 🙂 Helen
Happy New Year Helen, and thankyou for displaying your sensational images here for all to see; I have greatly appreciated your work and look forward to doing so more in 2016.
I appreciate your kind words, Hariod, and thank you for being here. The spring promises to be exciting as many little lives will be born at the salt marsh and its surroundings.
Fantastic photos! Happy New Year, Tiny!
Thanks Nancy & Happy 2016! I hope you’ll be less busy and have more time to rewind 🙂
Doubtful, but hope springs eternal! 🙂
Wow! What a wonderful post! Thank you! Lovely!
Thank you Carrie, I’m happy to see you here!
Love your perspective . . . from your ring side seat!
Yes, ring side it is. I don’t watch much TV, apart from movies, as so much of the “good news” happen right outside.
Beautifully painted picture of a glorious night. Nicely done!
Glad you liked it Tina! I was happy we had good weather, today is already rainy.
What a wonderful way to see out the old year, Helen. Your narrative and images are both sublime. Thanks for sharing. My New Years Eve was exceptionally tame by comparison. 😃
We are lucky to always have the city’s fireworks right here on the beach at New Year, a front row seat on our terrace for free 😀 But I always think of the birds as the bangs are really loud and close by, but hope the permanent residents have gotten used to it by now.
Love these amazing photos Helen…. especially the dusk over the marsh and the incredible moon. What a celebration!
The sunset was really beautiful…and the moon was almost surreal when it hung there belly down over the bay. Today much more “wintry” weather, clouds, wind and rain so I’m watching Miss Rosa huddling in the marsh from my office window.
Miss Rosa does make a great damsel in distress doesn’t she. It’s wonderful that you can see them from where you are 😊
She’s gone now while I was out with Mr. B. Maybe a prince came to rescue her 😀
Now that would ruffle a few feathers! xo
A beautiful post.
You captured some wonderful images. Really loved the light contrast for New Years Eve. Wishing all great things in the year ahead for you, Tiny…
Thank you Cyndi. I wish you a wonderful & healthy year ahead!
Wow. That moon really does look like a piece of cheese in the sky! Happy New Year, Tiny.
I think it was the first time I’ve captured such a half round of cheese in the sky. Happy 2016 to you too, Susan.
Fabulous shots Tiny! Happy New Year!
Thank you, happy you liked them. Happy 2016 to you too!
Always wonderful story telling Tiny! Thanks for sharing your new years eve experience, we had an amazing one here in Sydney this year also!
Thank you Ashley. Our NYE was quite peaceful apart from the fireworks. They were beautiful, but loud…and I always think of the birds sleeping in their bushes around the marsh 🙂 Happy you had a great celebration too!
Boy, the ‘blue hour’ came and it conquered 🙂 The colors and lighting of the fleeting rays on the salt marsh is incredible…only to be matched by the blue-hour and firework shots. A wonderful world of words and photos you used to bring in the New Year…ending it with a surreal moon shot 🙂 Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2016 Tiny, and keep on with the shooting and story telling 🙂
Happy you liked the NYE story as it unfolded at the salt marsh and its vicinity. The sun now hits the salt marsh at an incredibly beautiful angle as seen from my terrace. But today it’s all light rain, wind and heavy clouds. Thanks also for your encouragement. I will do my best to carve out time for shooting in nature, although quite surprisingly, work will be taking me on numerous in-out trips to the wide world.
What a treasure, Tiny! A wonderful treasure!! ♡
Thank you Lorrie 🙂 ❤
Great shots of the fireworks! Happy New Year, Tiny!
I wish you the same Barbara!
oh my goodness, you can see these from your terrace? You lucky girl. Happy New Years.
Yes, we’re lucky having a front row seat at the fireworks several times a year, whether on the beach or on the bay side. Have a wonderful 2016!
What wonderful fun! Great photos too! Perfect start for the New Year.
Thank you dear Eddie! Happy you enjoyed the New Years greetings.
Wonderful way to start blogging full with gorgeous photos this New Year 2016.
Thank you Matti! I hope this year will bring you happiness, good health and many new photo tours.
Beautiful, Tiny. And may peace & contentment find you in 2016. Happy New Year. Xo ❤
Lovely blog post to start a great year.
woo-hoo! Absolutely delightful photos of the fireworks, the Christmas tree, the lit-up boats. Thanks so much Tiny!
OM Goodness!! Wow!!!
How could I missed this post earlier… 😕
Forogt to say it earlier…that moon shot….O_o <- that's me, bug eyed!
Thank you Elena!