Getting up before dawn, ok, lets call it two hours before dawn, can have benefits.
In this case I was surprised by a visitor.
Our home remodeling project is creaking to a close. We've finally been able to re-camp in our house after being out of it for four months.
I really don't ever want to do that again. I am planning on never leaving so we've completely redone the floors, bathroom, and the kitchen.
It. Was. Dentistry. Without. Novacaine.
Enough naval gazing and moaning.
It was the first morning I woke up in my own bed. I also realized that I had to look into what Oscar the Parrot was doing across the street. He needed food and a little attention I am sure.
So I gathered up Rack The McNab SuperDog (TM) and padded out into the morning dark. It's been beautiful lately and I truly believe that the hurricane season will have left us unscathed. We seem to be falling into a lull and the water temperature of the Gulf Stream off Miami is 82F/27.9C. Once it falls below 26C/78.8, hurricanes can not form.
We have a little bit to go yet.
All this was going through my mind as the breezes off the nearby ocean were caressing my skin that predawn when I rounded the corner past my Jeep.
When I reached for the latch on the gate, I spotted a jewel. I had to just stop and stare. The little jewel was a Dragonfly. I've spoken about these insects before, they're beautiful and entertaining to watch when they're going about their business eating mosquitoes and allowing me to wear shorts outside.
I am that person. When I am in a crowd you will be safe. The mosquitoes will be dining on my blood, and not yours.
I noticed that this particular dragonfly was utterly beautiful. Perched under a low voltage light on the wall, my eye caught the iridescence of its wings. Shimmering in gold, against the brown background I had to stop and take it in.
So even at 5AM, there can be beauty to be found.