Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pontoon Panorama

Day Two at the lake.  I was feeling much more refreshed on our first full day at the lake.  Temperatures warmed up into the high 60s, and it was so cheerfully bright that when Rick, a lake friend, showed up and offered us a spur-of-the-moment ride on his pontoon boat, we all jumped aboard and were off to see the autumn wonders of the lake.

My parents enjoying the cruise

A seagull greets us

Just a tinge of autumn color graced the shoreline in spots, but I was so grateful to see even this hint of the beautiful change of seasons.

Sunlight through the trees on the shore

A cormorant dries its wings on the rocks

Below is our little piece of Bonaparte shoreline.

I got this cool shot of my older brother as we finished docking the boat.  We were preparing to surprise Tom and Bea, lake friends who had just arrived for the weekend.

Tom was sure excited to see Matt!

Later, it was Matt's turn to help out with burning some brush and leaves on the property.

At the lake, I have a ritual of setting up my camera and tripod on the dock each night to capture the sunset.  It was a bit of a surprise to realize that the autumn sun set in a different location than the blazing sun of summer!  I'm so glad our place is on the eastern shore--due to the mountains, sunsets on the lake are much better to photograph than sunrises.  Plus, I'm usually awake for the sunsets.  :)

My photographer's eye told me that the below shot was not one for a picture frame.  I usually look for clouds and the interesting reflections they cast on the water's surface.  But skip the picture frame this time!  My soul was refreshed by His beauty and peace, and I went to bed that night assured of His constant love.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Psalm 103:11-12 NASB

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Part 1 -- Autumn Lake Nature Walk

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  1. Love the sunset. But all are beautiful.

  2. So pretty. That area is just beautiful and you take gorgeous shots.