Surprise! … In the Garden

I wake up every morning, 6 days a week, rushing through my paces.  I have many things to do before it is time for me to leave the house and get to my office.  It is always such a battle, because, I usually have found it hard to wake up on time in the first place.

But this morning I had woken up on time.  It was a morning for my 15 minute workout and I had made it on time… that is, until I happened to look at the window and see a deep red seeping through the curtain. I knew this meant a beautiful sunrise.  I was smiling already.  The workout could wait a few minutes.  I would just take a few clips and then proceed.

Sunrise through the trees in the Garden

Sunrise through the trees in the Garden

I was right.  The sunrise was beautiful and reminded me of the days I when I woke up every morning in time, just to take one clip.  I had not done it for almost a year, so now I was excited. Click, click, click.  Every take seemed to impel me to take another one.  Maybe from another window… I wonder how it will look… click.
A colorful sky in the Garden

A colorful sky in the Garden

Rays of sunlight sweeping through the Garden

Rays of sunlight sweeping through the Garden

I eventually got to my workout, but was 10 minutes late.  Something was going to be skipped this morning… or I would have to take the fastest shower on earth. 

I got back to my room to get ready for work. The curtains were drawn again… the sun was already up and the sky no longer had quite so many fancy shades any more.

Suddenly there was a very large shadow at my window.  I was startled.  I stopped what I was doing and gasped!  I had felt the loss of the rays of the sun through the curtain before I looked up and saw the shape of the shadow. It was moving rapidly. It had moved past the window before my mind began to comprehend what the shape of the shadow could be…. A giraffe.. up close and candid… no more than 3 meters away, and moving around the corner of the house to the other window of the room.

My initial shock was now gone, and I had my camera close to me. This morning I was going to be late for sure… click, click, clicking away, I took photos of this friendly giraffe as he chewed on the tree outside. 

He moved further along, to where his female partner had been all the time, and I watched in awe as I took photos of them eating so close to me, I was sure I could touch them if I reached out.  The best part was that they just couldn’t be bothered about me clicking away on the other side of that window pane. 

Sharing Breakfast in the Garden

Sharing Breakfast in the Garden

Up close... in the Garden

Up close... in the Garden

Boy! What  a wonderful morning!  Just in case I had forgotten where I am living, just in case I had begun to get lost in the intricacies of a 364/24/7 communications up-time schedule, nature had come to remind me, with a whisper of light from the gentle rays of the rising sun, and a shadow of giraffe majesty crossing past my window, that God’s creation still exists and will be forever more beautiful than anything I could ever have conceived.

Yeah, I was going to be a tad late to work this morning. This was just too good to miss.  So once again I invite you…

Come… Walk with me in the Garden

Copyright (c) 2010. Ophelia Swai. All Rights Reserved


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9 thoughts on “Surprise! … In the Garden

  1. Lulu June 18, 2010 at 7:24 am Reply

    WOW my dear – you live in a world of PARADISE!!

    Take care and God bless you.

  2. Idd Mhando June 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm Reply

    Wow! This is great!
    I have been so excited to find you and your article/s here. Really excited. Be blessed.

    • daphinas June 27, 2010 at 2:29 pm Reply

      Thanks Idd!

      Hope you are enjoying the walk too 🙂

  3. JOSEPH July 12, 2010 at 5:08 am Reply

    Wat a nice article Ophelia!!
    Congratulations and keep it going…..such an excellent work of art. I hope I’ll experience the same for my short time of internship.

    Joe M.

  4. daphinas April 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Ophelia Swai's Blog and commented:

    What a wonderful morning to remember … Come … walk with me in the Garden

  5. Ginny May 3, 2012 at 10:59 am Reply

    Truly, this was very well done!

    • daphinas May 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm Reply

      Thank you Ginny.

      Glad you enjoyed it.


  6. Olive Cardoz October 5, 2012 at 11:20 am Reply

    dear ophelia

    i was wondering where u live beautiful words come out of beautiful people nice blog never read anything like this before enjoyed it loved it want to join but dont know as a guide or a mentor love u

    • daphinas October 19, 2012 at 7:26 am Reply

      Dear Olive,

      Thank you for such wonderful words. I live in the Garden of Eden 🙂 Don’t you? God’s Garden is all around us and it is up to us to recognise it and take good care of it and all those others we find within it.

      Would love you to join, in whatever role you feel most comfortable.

      Hope to see you soon.


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