5 a.m in ALASKA

One early morning I had reason to drive out to the Army base just outside Anchorage. It was five a.m.
Everything was still and pure. The cold air, silent as roadside trees stood splendidly, covered in white powdered frosting. Driving slowly and carefully on the sleek icy roads gave me an extra opportunity to marvel at nature’s magical work of art.
Awestruck at the beauty surrounding the wide empty highway, I became acutely aware of a godly paintbrush where spectacles of inspiration are exquisitely painted across the land – for us mortals. Living works of art that allow the human spirit to pause for a moment in time, while recognizing a collective and deep-rooted wish to bask in serenity
Peace permeated my soul when I drove in those early mornings….nothing moved outside, as I felt a stirring glow of warmth seeping into my heart.
That was twenty years ago! Things may have become a little busier by now.

This narrative is part of the book I wrote called:
‘My Reflections of America’


Copyright Charmiene Maxwell-Batten© 2010. All Rights Reserved

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This is a description of driving on a winter morning at 5 a.m in Alaska



A self-taught, passionate photographer and writer – I love capturing beauty through the eyes of a camera. I have self-published 13 books, all non-fiction except one. My books are real life human interest topics that I feel are worthy of reflection.


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  • Shiva77
    Shiva77over 4 years ago

    Beautiful piece of writing, I could sense the atmosphere.

  • Thankyou so much Shiva!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlaterover 4 years ago

    I wish we all could just stop and spend a moment taking in what we rarely notice

  • Thanks for your comment Alan, yes I think most of us benefit very much from stopping a while to feel the gifts of nature. Speedy lifestyles seem to be part of ‘progress’.

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...over 4 years ago


  • Thankyou so much for reading that Ryan, much appreciated! By the way your profile picture always makes me laugh, those teeth have a distinct character!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • mssunshine
    mssunshineover 4 years ago

    Things have gotten busier in Alaska, but at 5 am it may still be quiet in the Ft. Rich area.

    Great content.

  • Thanks so much Sally!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • HamperRefuser
    HamperRefuserover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! Keep up the good writing!


    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 4 years ago

    A driving has many souls.
    And one of them is to let our eyes and heart
    run along the landscapes and letting be surprised
    by the lights and shades. By the moving of Life.
    Rosa (great written)

  • Thanks so much Rosa, yes it is so vital to keep alive and aware of nature around us – it feeds my soul!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

  • THANKYOU sooo Much!!!! I feel very honoured by this and deeply appreciate it.

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Evita
    Evitaover 4 years ago

    Excellent work !!! Congratulations Honorable Mention !!! Editors Choice
    The World As We See It , or as we missed it

  • thankyou so much Evita!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Aconcagua
    Aconcaguaover 4 years ago

    I understand what you are saying .I am often up at this special time of the day in readiness for the day ahead.Some mornings It centres me & gives me an inner calm ,my senses are alive .Wonderful writing Charmiene

  • thankyou so very much James!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • snapitnc
    snapitncabout 4 years ago

    i have just wiped the ice off the passenger window in the car ,allowing me to gaze out, and listen to your wonderfull words about the journey. i will have to read on!

  • thankyou so very much, I really appreciate your comments!!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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