Beautiful Morning on the Lake

It has been three weeks since I’ve been up to the lake.  The colors are starting to show in the trees.  The air is cool and the sun is warm.  It is a little bit breezy, but so bad as to keep us off the lake.

There was a heron just to the left of the dock this morning.  It was hidden back in the reeds at first, but it waded out and then took flight.

A Heron in the Reeds
A Heron in the Reeds
Heron
Heron
Heron in Flight
Heron in Flight

On the far side of the lake I heard some splashing and snorting.  I looked up to see this deer at the water’s edge.  It scampered back into the woods just a short distance, turned and looked back out at me.  I floated by, then herd it head back into the woods, snorting as it went.

Deer at the Water's Edge
Deer at the Water’s Edge

There weren’t many turtles out this morning.  I usually find them sunning themselves on a log, big ones and little ones.  This morning, I only saw two of them, both quite small, maybe 3 inches across.  They didn’t seem too afraid of me, which is quite unusual.  At one point I got close enough that I could have reached it with my paddle.

Small Turtle
Small Turtle

There is a bit of fall color starting to appear.  There are some beautiful trees along the shore, but I liked the way this vine wrapped itself around a dead tree.  The contrast too nice to resist, especially in this lighting.

A Bit of Fall Color
A Bit of Fall Color

We also saw a number of ducks swimming and flying, and, perhaps, the eagle soaring up high.  It was too far away to tell for sure.  However, we did not see the loons.  We did hear them yesterday afternoon, though.

So, if you are still in the area, get out on the lake while the weather holds.  It is far too early to put the kayaks away.  The most beautiful season is still ahead.

Mark

 

 

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