LIFE'S BETTER IN THE MOUNTAINS

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

An Evening by the Lake

The lake near our house is usually quiet. No loud motors, no jet skiis. Just kayaks, pontoons, canoes smoothly gliding through the water. The other side of the lake is louder, with a large park and a swimming area. The sounds of children playing and swimming echo over the lake.

But our end of the lake is almost always serene, and never more so than at dawn or dusk. I especially love the lake when the mist is rising.




I sit there, letting my mind go blank and momentarily forgetting about anything I might be worried about.


A little swallow takes in the last rays of sunshine.



The trees turn black as the sun sets behind them.
As I leave the darkening lake, I always feel calm and refreshed. I would love to see the lake awakening at sunrise. I am definitely a night person but perhaps I'll make it one of these mornings.

23 comments:

KB said...

It sounds like such a calming place and beautiful. I think that I'd adopt your habit if I lived close to it. Those quiet moments in the day can make all the difference.

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Your words and photos have brought my stress level down a few notches this morning!

KGMom said...

You are most fortunate to live so close to water.
I love looking at rippling water--a lake would be perfect. I will make do with a swimming pool. ;-)

Rudee said...

The photos are just beautiful. I can see why you love it there.

Cicero Sings said...

Lovely, those first two shots of the lake ... something about sitting by water is SO soothing.

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a beautiful and peaceful place you get to enjoy.
Serene.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a peaceful place, Carolyn. You live in such a fabulous area.. Our lakes don't allow motor boats either... Most everyone has a pontoon.

I'm not much of a morning person either --but a beautiful sunrise WILL get me up!!!!

Great pictures.
Hugs,
Betsy

Cheryl said...

Caroline.....so beautiful, for one moment I was there. You are blessed to have such beautiful surroundings. I know that you appreciate each and every moment you have there.....

Courtney at Scattering Lupines said...

Ah, I feel like I just got back from an evening at the lake... so peaceful and such "telling" photos.

Barb said...

Carolyn, Thank you for taking me along to the lake in the evening - those photos of the mist rising are mesmerizing and magical.

The Thundering Herd said...

I am decidedly a morning person and love to get up, watch the mist burn off the mountains as the sun rises. We don't have a lake up here, but the traffic is nonexistent, I can hear the horses stirring at the ranch, and the birds chirping.

Of course, that is all chattered when The Herd decides it is breakfast time and starts their breakfast song, but that is nice too.

pat said...

the 2 photos literally look like watercolor paintings...very beautiful!

Vicki Lane said...

Beautiful pictures! Those quiet moments are truly good for the soul.

Donna Henderson said...

Very nice. I did a "lake post" this week too, although it was actually more about my grandchild;. The scenery here is so divinely beautiful that it's mesmerizing at times, too. Off my deck I watch a river surrounded by layers of mountains. It's most lovely in morning and evening light. I feel my late husband's spirit nearby sometimes then, when my mountains are so breathtaking they seem sacred. You two are so fortunate to be living your dream. Thank your Creator and give each other a hug tonight for me, okay? Thanks!

jan m said...

How peaceful. Thanks for taking us to the lake with you.
I especially love your header photo. It reminds me of our visit to the Smoky Mountains a couple of summers ago.

troutbirder said...

Lucky to be near a fine lake. Beautiful evenings. I'm more of a sunrise person myself though. :)

carolina nana said...

What a beautiful lake, it's so hard to find nice quiet places anymore,you're lucky to live near one.
Blessings to you

George said...

What a beautiful, serene place. It looks like an ideal place to sit and unwind from a hectic day.

TaraDharma said...

thank you for transporting me....

ya know, you could motivate yourself for a morning visit if you were to take pictures and blog about it....

just hoping to be transported again!

Jayne said...

I can see why you love it there Carolyn. Such serenity.

Coffee with Cathy said...

Oh, Connie, these are gorgeous photos. I feel as if I were there! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. You've brought us some much-needed serenity and peace.

Toni aka irishlas said...

That's great you have a place to go and defrag in peace...

Looks like a lovely spot.

Twisted Fencepost said...

I agree with you that the lake is most peaceful at sunrise and sunset. Every year we spend a week at a local lake. I love it that I'm always up before everyone else and sometimes get to enjoy the peacefulness alone.