For those of you who like counting, this is the 251st sunrise of 2010. I have 114 more to go.
Today's morning walk can hardly include a sunrise citation, however, since there was no sun in sight. I hurried out the door in shirtsleeves, grateful for the cool air after a vaguely muggy night of sleep. After a few minutes it appeared that the light sprinkle might turn into a full rain. So I sought out the protection of leaf cover to take my photos.
It's pretty cool to have these built in shelters all around, and once again I feel grateful to be in this world that offers us so much in the way of survival tools. I am reminded of my musings the other day about the sun as a power source.
Nature surely hands out calamitous behavior as well - earthquake, flood, tsunami, wildfire, drought, hurricane. To me, though, that is all the more reason to acknowledge how rich we are with good fortune when nature is at ease. It warms us, cools us, feeds us, offers shelter. Earth, air, water, sunlight. We can't do without them.
We are also fortunate to have our homes with furnaces and air conditioning and sound roofing material. Then there are all the people who are ready to step in and offer their homes, or their help, or their contributions of various sorts when we are in trouble. And thank goodness for stable governance that protects us from tyranny and oppression and power by force.
Our layers of protection are many. And even thought it is humble and low-technology, the one right under the trees in the backyard is no small part. When all else fails, it is there as a backup.