Monday, October 17, 2011

365 Project -- #274-287

This is the time in my week when I look back at the images I've captured
throughout the previous week, and choose my seven favorites.
These seven--one for each day of the week--are featured below.

October 1 - October 14

Two weeks in one!

After a much-needed break from life, I am refreshed, quieted in my spirit, and ready to tackle my world again.  Thinking about it, it wasn't a break from life--it was life experienced in His peace, at His pace, within His time.

I spent some time with my parents and older brother, traveling up to the foothills of the Adirondacks to my parents' home on Lake Bonaparte.  I've never been up there in the autumn; summertime is the usually the best time for lake vacations.  However, my parents were closing up their place for the winter, the weather was supposed to be gorgeous (it was), and they had space in their car for both me and my brother and all our stuff (which wasn't much).

For my 365 Project images, I'm posting two weeks' worth of images from this little section of God's country.  Future posts will include many, many more images, so stay tuned!

Here we go...

The first morning on the Lake was cold, but beautiful.  The waters were calm and I had the dock all to myself.

[274] Morning on the Lake

My mom and I rode into town (30-minute drive) to the farmers market and to the grocery store to pick up food for the week.  These neat carrots were featured at one of the farmers' stands.

 [275] Market carrots

My parents had a tree cut down at the front of their property, and they had a young lady "chainsaw artist" carve these bears into the double stump.  Amazing, huh?

[276] Tree bears

These mailboxes sit in a row across the street from my parents' home.

[277] Mailbox line

The below would be considered a typical sunset on the Lake.  For a photographer, it's rather "boring" with cloudless sky.  As a child of God, however, I saw it as God's handiwork at the end of the day, peace in the knowledge that He never changes, and calmness for a tired spirit in need of rest.

[278] Blue sky sunset

The below is a typical view of the shoreline on one of our many boat rides.

[279] Autumn shoreline

Some year I'm going to kayak the lake and photograph every leaning house and boathouse, and give you the "Leaning House" tour.  ;)

[280] Leaning boathouse

Over the weekend, my cousins host the Columbus Day Cook-Off, with three categories.  Everyone gets to sample each dish, and vote for his favorite one.  I learned that I have to pace myself!

[281] Columbus Day weekend cook-off

My dad cast his vote for his favorite appetizer.

[282] Cook-off voting

Besides being really adorable, Aidan really enjoyed decorating cupcakes--and eating them, of course.

[283] Yum

Just for fun...

[284] Bob's chair

Just a few clouds wisped over the sky, but combined with several fading jet trails, they made the most spectacular sunset during my time at the Lake.

[285] Autumn sunset reflections

Take about thirty people, three pontoon boats, and one lazy afternoon on the Lake.  This is what happens.

[286] Lazy boat ride

The full moon was beautiful in the cloudless night sky.  Experimenting with taking photos of the Milky Way or attempting to capture images of star trails was out of the question because of the light of the full moon.  So, I opted for a 40-second exposure of the moon over my parents' house.

[287] Moon over the lake house

I have so many more photos to share, so you can be sure that they will appear on several more blog posts.  I'm looking forward to reliving my special time at the Lake!

Capturing the moments of life.


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  1. Looks like it was an amazing two weeks... love so many of them!

  2. Oh my they are all so nice. I like the moon over the lake house shot, and the sunset shots. :)

  3. So many beautiful and peaceful pictures. I love the reflection picture on the water. Gorgeous. Yeah for cook-offs! How fun. Those carrots were much different from the ones we see in the grocery store. Very cool shaped.