Monday, April 18, 2011

A Day On A Lake













Trumpeter Swans










They strapped the kayaks together and carried them over to the van. Hoisting them up in a methodical rhythm they placed them on the rack and strapped them on. It was another rite of passage to get out on the water again. The hum of the straps going down the road was different each time, a chant perhaps. They had traveled to numerous parks and conservation areas, trying to explore all aspects of the water’s boundaries. It was a different perspective to claim with their cameras.


He had already spotted a huge heron when they pulled up to the lake to unload. That would be their directive to start with and see how close they could get to observe this large friend. He had caught a large brown trout earlier in the week with a definite puncture on its side where one of these birds had tried to spear him with a sword like beak. The strong trout had slipped away, but did not seem to be healing, so they ate it for supper with a few more of its cousins.


Halfway around the lake they beached and took a plunge to cool off from the hot sun. Dreaming of big fish to catch he lay back and floated on the water. The water whispered to him and shared thoughts of love for this beautiful area. He splashed and flopped a bit and went to shore to drip dry for a bit before resuming their exploration. He floated into a shallow area following the heron. It was less than a foot deep and he passed a huge red-tailed carp resting in the shallows. He could have patted him on the back, but only wished him well and both glided on in life.


The heron bid him adieu and set off after scolding him one more time. It sailed up in a big arc climbing above the treetops following a feeder stream. He paddled backwards to get unstuck from the muck and watched a pair of dragonflies in their flight of life, flying in unison. One was green and the other blue, a match made in heaven on this wonderful oasis in the prairie. They spent some time trying to get close-up pictures of more of these acrobatic masters of flight and captured some excellent shots.


Getting home they raced to the computer to download their digital shots taken for the day. They always enjoyed looking for a picture of the week to share with friends and family. This kept everyone in touch with all his travels and happiness found in the outdoors. A knock at the door had two young friends stopping over to see if he wanted to come out and play. This might have gotten started from showing them books he had bought at a sale. He had told them when they could "read" the whole book to him after listening to it, they could have it. He grabbed a pencil and each drew a connect the numbers picture for him. One of the girls didn’t speak very good English and made him smile when she got through all the numbers with him and then joined her friend with her picture. Tomorrow they would color after he got some new crayons. A few books went home that week, and the happiness was shared with a new audience. That happiness was carried through the treetops and shared with others, on a gentle prairie breeze.

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. What we can give to this world Through praise and harmony Will always return to us again In many ways through our heart.

21 comments:

  1. Oh, look at the turtles! What a great capture, Steve! I love turtles. :)

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  2. Sometimes I can't wait to download pictures either. Particularly when I need to work on an I.D. :)

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  3. I love the photo of the turtles. Beautiful tulips. The pony reminds me of one of my favorite books when I was a kid, "Misty of Chincoteague."

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  4. Wonderful images as always. I love the turtles on the boathouse steps and that beautiful tree so full of character.

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  5. Beautiful tulips!!! Love the swans and all those turtles!! You always find such amazing old trees. When I used to drive through the country I'd often stop to take pictures of the horses and cows that I saw. I love the country.

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  6. What a lovely post and those turtles blew me away! So cool! Thanks for this peaceful trip through the country.

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  7. ...those tulips are gorgeous, and you're so lucky to have Trumpeter Swans!! I see you've been out with the wildflowers too...love the little Dutchman's Breeches!

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  8. Beautiful and productive day at the lake.
    Costas

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  9. Your words at the end are just perfect. So very true :)

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  10. Hi Steve, Great pictures of your tulips... Is that full yellow one a tulip also??? I've never seen such a full one before. NEAT.

    Love the horses. That one black and gray one looks like it has been painted... ha

    Love the turtles and OH--those beautiful swans...
    Betsy

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  11. This is quite an interesting assortment of photos today, Steve. Love, the flowers, of course, and the variety of equine critters you captured...draft horses, mules, and a pony with as much mane as I've ever seen. The turtles and swans were nice additions, too.

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  12. Steve

    Some of your best photos ever! Really, really good. The story was wonderful. Thank you.

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  13. Love all those tulips and the color of that first one is awesome. Looks like the turtles were enjoying the lake

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  14. Steve, I love the turtles, but I also think that tree with the three knots is marvelous...beautiful photos!

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  15. Another a great serie of beautiful photos, Steve ! I love the purple color of the first tulip.

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  16. Lordy, how beautiful! Spring is Springing Steve!!
    hughugs

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  17. Beautiful photos and your closing words are so true.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out
    Twitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

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  18. Hi Steve,

    Your pics are magnificent. The colors of the tulips are gorgeous. And I see you have sunshine there. Not much of that around here, mostly cold and rain. Have a great week!

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  19. Great post, but I love the turtles the most. They're so distracting to me that I'll have to go back and read everything else again. :)

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  20. Great to see all the spring flowers blooming in your area, Steve. So far, I've only had a single tulip bloom after the daffodils died out. ENjoyed the story too!

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  21. What glorious tulips! And I love that tree with the weird face.

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