Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #93 – Morning

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.  – Marcus Aurelius

My mornings these days – are not quite the same as before the pandemic. Maybe yours are the same as before – or a bit different too? Anyway, a look at your morning – or Any morning – is the challenge for this week. Maybe there is a special morning that you will never forget – you could share it with us!

When the virus hit my world, in order to sleep better, I had to move upstairs to my daughter’s old room.  So the first thing I see when I open my eyes to a new day – are fluttering butterflies. Feels good! And I do sleep better up here. I find harmony and peace.

This room is where many of my potted plants spend their winter season, waiting to come out in the sun and the fresh air again. What better place is there for me to spend the night?

Here I also grow new plants for the next season – these little ones are tomatoes in the making. I guess I love seeing plants, animals and people, grow –

In the hallway I pass the standing mirror, and a glance into it before closing the door, reveals Emma’s sewing machine waiting in stand by with her summer hat on top.

Before I go downstairs, I sit for a while with my new colourful plant puzzle – very relaxing and Mindfulness My way.

On coming down into the living room, I am usually met by a yawning Milo and a snoring Totti…(So…hardly ”met” really…), Totti is extremely good at snoring, so I hear exactly where he is. My husband tells me the dogs miss me terribly, but they have now accepted my strange night habits. Please click to enlarge if you love them –

Finally – coffee (Emma’s mug…). And the morning paper is a must. After a rather solid breakfast, I spend the rest of the morning out in the forest, enjoying the Wood Anemones while they are still flowering. Now on their last due to the dry weather and strong winds.


Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world

(My favorite song from younger days, when Cat Stevens still was – Cat Stevens.)

We are looking forward to saying Good Morning to all of you! Be it your morning, any morning or some creative twist.

 A big thank you to our guest-host John Steiner of Journeys with Johnbo for ”Going Back the Second Time Around”, which brought many lovely memories from you – and tips for new memories to be made!

Have you seen these:

  • Sue is treating us to the most charming little village in France
  • Everest Base Camp and the cutest chalet ever from Pam
  • Anne and her best friend
  • Chasing the bloom – and succeeding at ramblingranger

Next week, April 25, #94: your host will be Amy of The World is a Book

As usual we wish you a lovely week, stay safe, stay well –  and maybe make a phone call or two to someone who needs it.


226 comments on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #93 – Morning

  1. Hello Ann-Christine- this is a beautiful post. ❤
    As usual, I'm a bit behind the parade when is comes to posting on my blog and commenting on others. An advantage is seeing a bigger picture. This one is quite soothing. Thank you for sharing one of your mornings.

  2. this is my first time here and loving the website. But to my great surprise i see the words to Morning Has Broken which is one of my all time favorites and sung at my young daughters funeral. I lost her when she was just 10. so to see it here touched my heart and made this now my favorite place to go to online. ….. thank you so much 🙂

    • I am so sorry for your terrible loss, and hope you found comfort and joy in this post. Thank you for visiting, stay safe and well.

  3. […] An early morning visit to the Atlantic Ocean side of the Outer Banks Islands off North Carolina allowed me to capture this image of two surfers enjoying the relative solitude of the beach at sunrise. With this image, I begin my response to Ann-Christine’s “Morning” challenge. She writes, “We are looking forward to saying Good Morning to all of you! Be it your morning, any morning or some creative twist.” You can read her entire challenge post here. […]

    • Glad you liked them, Sue. Love Emma’s mug and borrow it often. The anemones are gone now, but they are a spring treat for us in Sweden.

  4. Oh my AC – your mornings look and sound incredibly lovely and peaceful. The pups – OMG – showing Sean 🙂 So, so sweet!! And I am now obsessing over your table cloth. lol. Thank you for the shout out – I really appreciate it. Have a wonderful day 🙂

  5. […] These are several three- or four-storey cherry trees in the morning light of April 18th. They have almost finished blooming, and everywhere nearby is carpeted in pink petals.  Outside the bedroom is a huge maple tree, in the middle of putting out its first leaves. Earlier it had clusters of dark red something or others which were also beautiful in the spring light. Almost the same view, but a few minutes later and the light has changed. This tree is glorious, about 6 stories high, and turns brilliant red in the late fall.   I have a deck which allows me to be outside. When this isolation started it was quite chilly but lately the weather has been 14 to 18° and warm in the sun. I planted this fragrant evergreen clematis last year and it is doing really well considering it is in a pot.  There are also some towering grand Sequoias, although they remain gracefully unchanging throughout the year.  More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Morning. […]

  6. That looks like a lovely room to wake up in. I sleep upstairs too with Velux windows so I can lie in bed and look at the stars on a clear night.

    • That sounds like a dream! When the children were small, they used to have those glowing stars in the ceiling – but you have the real deal. ♥

  7. As always, a beautiful post Ann-Christine. I loved your choice for this week’s challenge although my personality in the mornings is not something you’d want to see!! Your mornings sound peaceful and beautiful, filled with most of your favorite things. I am happy you find solace in being surrounded by your daughter’s things even if she cannot be with you in person. Happy Sunday to you and thanks for the moment of joy.

    • Tina, thank you – and I am really no morning person either. But I love mornings! My medicine now is exactly what you noticed – being surrounded by my favorites. And taking it slow. Pace is a key word. I hope you have found your way too, and that the golf courses soon will open!

  8. It would not seem right if you didn’t acknowledge your feelings in words and photos, Ann-Christine. I’m enchanted by the butterfly mobile. I love your choice of theme about how we greet the new morning, which in your case is with all the lovely things that give you comfort – your dogs, your plants your daughter’s things. I’m not such a morning person, but I will have a look in my photos to see what I have that fits.

    • If possible we have to do what we can to feel OK during this tough period. Your observations are accurate and I am grateful. Also the possibility of a slow start – is essential to me. I imagine you find some good moments with your dogs as well. ♥♥♥

  9. What a lovely way to start the day, Ann Christine, butterflies and plants and doing it all at your own pace. I’m all for a quiet start. The wood anemones are beautiful, such a pure white.

  10. ”So the first thing I see when I open my eyes to a new day – are fluttering butterflies. Feels good! And I do sleep better up here. I find harmony and peace.” – What a lovely start to a post, that just gets better as you read it.

  11. Of course, waking up with butterflies hovering over you is a wonderful way to start the day. Thanks for sharing your mornings. 🙂

  12. You’ve a wonderful haven for staying in, Ann-Christine. The little vignette with your daughters hat in front of the window is such a comforting view. And how wonderful to wake up to butterflies. Stay well and sleep well. 🙂

    • They do help me feel good – and it is a joy every morning to look at them. Tomatoes, especially, grow very fast, so every day something has happened!

  13. The hardest thing about this ‘crisis’ is being apart from our loved ones, Ann Christine. I can feel the yearning. I feel it too. And I often sing that song to myself. Stay well, lovely lady 🙂 🙂

  14. Your morning is cheerful, Ann-Christine. My daughter’s room used to have glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling. We removed them when painting the house some years ago. I have mostly outdoor pants because our house faces north and south and doesn’t have too much sunlight. I’ll be back with my post!

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  16. Beautiful morning photos and thoughts, A-C. I love your plants and flowers, your Milo and Totti are so sweet, and Wood Anemones are so lovely. Your colorful plant puzzle is a cool choice. 🙂

    • Glad you enjoyed my thoughts too, Amy. We are all in this, so a glimpse into how my life works right now felt OK. And – I have soon finished my puzzle. Have to buy a new one!

  17. What a lovely home you have, A-C! Thanks for much for giving us these glimpses of it and of your life. I love mornings, so I’ll be joining this challenge in a bit. Have a wonderful weekend.


  18. I’d forgotten the Cat Stevens song. That brought back a memory! Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to guest-host last week. I now have a modicum of an idea of what that involves for you, the ”gang of four” that keep us challenged each week!

  19. This is a fabulous post, Ann-Christine. Your thoughts, the quotes, and your images all beautifully express your feelings, thoughts, and impressions of morning during this time and place. Cat Steven’s song is a favorite of mine, too. I hope you have many wonderful mornings ahead and that you soon see your daughter.

    • Thank you, Patti – I am glad you found my feelings beautifully expressed. I was into posting from some glorious mornings I have had through the years, but as we live in corona times, I stayed with something from my world right now. Hope you have wonderful mornings ahead too!

  20. EXCELLENT THEME!! Beautiful photos. Love your place and all your plants. I love dogs, too. I was reading that the puzzle business is booming right now. Good for them!

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