Summer Evening Paddling Trip

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A call of a loon;

Quiet splashing, rhythmic sounds,

Kayak glides along.

 

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Yesterday’s warm temperatures and sunshine beckoned.

So, following the family supper, some of us embarked on an evening’s paddle.  Well, as many as could fit into two canoes and a single-person kayak.  😀

We launched our craft onto Taylor Lake and eventually made it to the channel leading to adjacent Clayton Lake….and ultimately the village of Clayton where we finished just as it was getting dark.

It’s a lovely paddling excursion….usually taking about two hours.

There are quite a few cottages along the shores of Taylor Lake, with avid boaters and fishing enthusiasts sharing the water….and everyone respecting the speeds near other boaters.  By contrast, Clayton Lake is quieter.

We were lucky and were treated to multiple loon calls, the sighting of a loon family of three, and a pretty sunset.

Here are some more photos…

 

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A juvenile loon…

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Sunset on Taylor Lake

From the time the sun was just touching the top of the trees to my extracting my iPhone from the protective plastic box tucked inside my life vest and then going for a photo, as you can see the sun went into hiding – moved so fast! Anyway….still looks pretty over the water like that.

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Kayaking is a lot of fun!

(Good time to add in a selfie….)  😀

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On Clayton Lake

I took a photo of the view behind me with the pretty clouds and the pinks and purples…..getting darker fast.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Paradox?

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Looking from high up,

Distance creates smallness and

Likewise majesty.

 

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This is a high view of some of the Nelson Lakes National Park area on the South Island of New Zealand.  My friends and I went hiking there on a day trip during my visit in 2007.

I haven’t quite figured it out yet, but something about New Zealand always calls to me. ❤

 

Misty Dawn at Pickerel Bay

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Dreamy, peaceful dawn;

A light mist…floating islands.

Magic in the air?

 

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A view of White Lake early Tuesday morning….just after 7 a.m.  As seen from Pickerel Bay.

Before I got started with the work I had come to do, a movement in the sky caught my eye – a slow, gracefully soaring great blue heron; it has such a distinctive, unmistakable gliding style – I watched its flight for a few moments, then my eyes lowered to the horizon, and I noticed the mist on the lake water, and I was immediately entranced with the sense of peacefulness and calm.

At the sight of the tranquil water…..the island reflections….the light pink hues created by the just rising sun……it could be the perfect spot for enchanted Avalon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset over Pickerel Bay

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On a summer’s night

The lake….so calm and serene;

Soft fading colours.

 

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A couple of evenings ago, when I finished my work up at Pickerel Bay – one of several bays and coves along White Lake in Eastern Ontario – I realized that the sun had set and I wanted one last gaze over the lake before I drove home.

I was rewarded with this lovely “good night” view.

 

 

Giant at Pickerel Bay

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Standing tall and strong,

Higher than all the others;

A leader of trees?

 

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On Monday I was doing some pre-season cleaning prep work at a cottage and trailer campground area on White Lake, known as Pickerel Bay Lodge.  After I was done working, I went on a little walkabout, as it had been in early October of last year when I was up there last, just as the resort season ended.

In one particular spot there had previously been three small cottages  – the cottages were in need of some kind of upgrade – and that had been cleared and replaced with three new trailers.  Some of the surrounding vegetation had also been cleared out, which made  this spot with the trees more visible.

And there was just something about those trees that caught my eye.

Last week’s photography assignment

Do you remember the last one I posted?  It dealt with “Reflections.”

This time the theme was given as:  “Landscapes with Water.”

Now, I was quite busy with my other jobs outside of writing and photography.  Even so,  I managed to squeeze in some contemplative periods in order to focus on  which photos I could pull from my collection for this assignment.

Here are the four that I submitted:

Landscape with Water #1

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Landscape with Water #1 – For my submissions I am starting out small……last summer we had a rubbermaid bin in our yard with some odds and bits of broken things in it. Things destined for the dump. However, one day I looked at the little pile accumulating and noticed not only had the rubbermaid bin collected a sizeable amount of rainwater over a period of time, but the “landscape” had seemed inviting enough for two frogs to make their home there! Landscape is man-made (you can see parts of a fan on the left) and the water is a pond of rainwater.

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Landscape with Water #2

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Landscape with Water #2 – For this one I am going completely opposite to the first one…..this time from far up high! Later last summer my husband and I had the opportunity to squeeze in a quick trip out west, so here we are flying above the Rockies….going north for our two-day introductory scoot to the Yukon. You see magnificent Rocky landscape with a big river running through. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get flight staff to tell you EXACTLY where the plane is…..

NOTE:  When a friend commented on this photo, referring to its “out of the box thinking” perspective, I replied with…..

“You should see me on planes – hahaha! I am truly like a little kid; taking pictures of EVERYTHING! As in….”oh, this is cool! Click. Oh hey, that’s a wonky tilt! Click. Hey, look at the baggage guy hoisting all the bags on the conveyor belt. Click.” Yep, I’m weird like that. I have yet to see someone else on the plane as weird as that.   Actually, I’m like that on trains, too! Pretty near everywhere….”  🙂

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Landscape with Water #3

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Landscape with Water #3 – Also from our trip last summer out west….my husband and I decided on a day trip to Skagway – we are Klondike Rush history enthusiasts! – and we didn’t have enough time to drive up to Dawson City (our first choice and for next time). This photo is of Emerald Lake – still in the Yukon, before the border to Alaska. We stopped here to spend some time just taking in the view, and this nifty colouration of the lake intrigued me. It is due to the depth and water particles, etc. that this lake gets its name. You can see the green along the shoreline.

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Landscape with Water #4

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Landscape with Water #4 – For this one I go a bit further back into the archives….August of 2011, when my youngest son and I went for a week-long trip to Prince Edward Island – a much-loved place for me! – We spent almost every day at one beach or another; our favourite one was the one closest to where we were staying…..North Rustico Beach. I love the red earth there!  It’s everywhere on PEI!