Making the most of the morning commute

I get to drive all over Kent for my job.  Given that much of Kent is pretty stunning, this is no bad thing.  There are sweeping views over fields and chalk downs, winding worm-holes through woodland, coastal roads looking out over the sea, and misty, magical marshes, which used to be under the sea.

The other morning when I got up, the sky was just beautiful.  The purest sapphire blue. My iPhone doesn’t capture the subtleties of colour, but it does capture the shapes.  I love the outline of trees against the sky.  At this time of year, you get to appreciate the unique bone structure of the different species.  This is my beloved lime leaning in from the right, with the upright poplars behind:

And here is a craggy old hawthorn:


I didn’t take photos of most of my drive to work for obvious reasons, so you will have to imagine me sighing at the majestic oaks as I passed Sissinghurst Castle.  The tower is currently wrapped up in a shroud of white, as essential maintenance is being carried out.  It looks like an art installation.  I will be glad when she is unwrapped in the spring.

Ever since I went to a David Hockney exhibition a few years ago, I have looked at trees differently.  He drew my attention to the endings of their fingers being quite abrubt; a clear outline, as if they all decided where they should stop.

Now there were lots of gorgeous frosty pictures along the way, but I’m not yet bonkers enough to stop the car every time I see a view.  However, when I got to the deserted Long Length, I couldn’t resist it.  Look at the frosty hedgerows, and the sky, and the sun!


The little flecks of cloud (these ones look like a pair of wings):

the aeroplane trails:

and the swirly patterns in ice:

I hope that wherever you are commuting to or from this week, you will enjoy the sky.  If it’s cloudy and dull, don’t worry.  Tomorrow it might not be.

As I have a few people looking at this blog from around the world, I would love to know what you see in your morning commute.  I was struck when I saw the sun yesterday, that this is the same sun that comes up over Asia, Africa, America, Australia.  I know that’s kind of obvious, but it’s also pretty amazing.  I have had such lovely messages from people all over the place, and I really appreciate that you have taken the time to leave your thoughts.  Thank you.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. annpappas says:

    What beautiful photos – very atmospheric and so very different to our part of the world!

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you. There are so many beautiful places in the world.

  2. Lovely post and beautiful photos. I love my commute at this time of year, it seems like constant sunrises and sunsets. 😊

  3. Ali says:

    Yes, the timing seems quite lucky, doesn’t it? I’m usually travelling in the right direction as well, to see the sun coming up or going down.

  4. Ali, I love this post! Your pictures are so beautiful. You really have an artistic eye. I have always loved trees, especially. I used to ride the bus every day to work, and this was a really beautiful time of reflection and noticing unique things around me. I have switched jobs, and we drive now, but I get to drive through lovely Kentucky horse farm country on the way to work early in the morning. Often the sun is coming up, and fog is rolling over the hills. I love it. Thanks for your beautiful work on your blog. I am really enjoying it.

  5. Ali says:

    That makes me very happy.
    I have a lovely image of the Kentucky country now. Xxx

  6. bcparkison says:

    Yes…We all live in a amazing world created by an amazing Creator

  7. mitchteemley says:

    Beautiful. Makes me miss southern England! I spent a couple of months in Kent many years ago.

  8. Claudette says:

    Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing. My drive to work for the first 20 minutes (of an hours drive) runs along the Huon River, in Tasmania. It is never the same on any given day, but always beautiful. I too love the endings of tree branches against the sky – have a few photos of them on my blog. Looking forward to reading more about your part of the world.

  9. Gypsy Indigo says:

    Ever since my childhood I developed a love and respect for the sunset.
    Especially now being on my spiritual journey I’ve discovered that sun gazing can actually activate your pineal gland. Early Sunrise and late afternoon sunset are the best times to do this.
    It really helps with my 3rd eye chakra and my intuition .
    Elevating my mood as well.

    1. Ali says:

      I didn’t know about the pineal gland thing. It does bring an enormous sense of well-being, and wonder.

      1. Gypsy Indigo says:

        Oh yes I agree, also certain foods can improve your pineal gland function. Or calcify it.

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