Today I was out in the garden before dawn and I watched the crescent moon fade slowly into daylight as carpets of clouds moved very fast across the sky.

Slowly the birds and the moths started to emerge from their nightly hideouts, eager to catch an early meal before the morning rush.

The light was strange in a way I can’t describe, a suffused golden lavender glow that faded to gray when the clouds overcast the sun. I’m starting to understand why this time of day is called the magic hour, but it’s not just the light, there is also a great stillness in the air that envelops you that sharpens your senses and allows you to catch the lightest sound or scent. Life doesn’t struggle before dawn, it doesn’t fight, it doesn’t hurt, it is at peace. You can almost taste time.

It looks like nature is ready to be reborn, I know that doesn’t make any sense, we’re waiting for winter, but I can’t find any signs of it in the humid breeze that feels too warm against my skin, almost tropical, so weird for the beginning of January, so late.

Author's Bio: 

Main Areas: Garden Writing; Sustainable Gardening; Homegrown Harvest
Published Books: “Terra Two”; “Generations”; "The Plant - A Steampunk Story"; "Letters to Lelia"; "Fair"; "Door Number Eight"; "A Year and A Day"; "Möbius' Code"; "Between Mirrors"
Career Focus: Author; Consummate Gardener;
Affiliation: All Year Garden; The Weekly Gardener; Francis Rosenfeld's Blog

I started blogging in 2010, to share the joy of growing all things green and the beauty of the garden through the seasons. Two garden blogs were born: allyeargarden.com and theweeklygardener.com, a periodical that followed it one year later. I wanted to assemble an informal compendium of the things I learned from my grandfather, wonderful books, educational websites, and my own experience, in the hope that other people might use it in their own gardening practice.