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Back to the Lake - Mark Yancey Photo
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Back to the Lake

It has been a while since we’ve been on the lake.  This morning was a beautiful morning to go.  The temps were cool, the winds calm, and the water flat.  What more could we ask for.

We no more than started down the lakeshore when we found this female mallard.  Although we were fairly close, she was not too bothered by our presence.  When we got even with her, she turned around and sway away from us.

Female Mallard
Female Mallard

We finally got to see the beautiful water lilies in bloom this morning.  There were none the last time out.  I love the crisp white blossoms on the ever-changing color of the water.

Water Lily
Water Lily

 

Water Lily
Water Lily

 

Water Lily
Water Lily

 

Water Lily
Water Lily

There were lots of shore birds flying around us this morning.  This one finally lit in a tree and let me take a portrait.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

The sun was bright in the sky, lighting these cattails and shore grasses.

Cattail Reeds
Cattail Reeds

 

Cattails
Cattails

 

Shore Grasses
Shore Grasses

Rose wins the “eagle eye” award this morning.  She spotted this bald eagle.  I got a couple traditional poses with the eagle looking to the left and to the right.

Bald Eagle Looking to his Left
Bald Eagle Looking to his Left

 

Bald Eagle Looking to his Right
Bald Eagle Looking to his Right

There is something a bit unnerving when the eagle turns its gaze on you, especially when close.  I’m not quite sure what it has in mind.

Bald Eagle Looking Right at Me
Bald Eagle Looking Right at Me

I saw this heron take flight around a point on the shore.  Fortunately it landed just a short distance away on the log.  It posed for a couple photos, then flew away.  These are such a sight when in flight.  No good photos of it in flight, though.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

 

As we were headed back across the lake toward home, another heron flew by.

Another Heron in Flight
Another Heron in Flight

We saw this loon twice.  The first sighting was at a distance.  Then, as we were almost back to shore, there it was again.  This time it was much closer.  Unfortunately, we have only seen a single loon this season, no pairs.  Others have seen pairs on other parts of the lake, but we’ve not seen them at the south end.

Loon
Loon

I hope you can all get out and enjoy all the things of beauty around you.  Have a great weekend.

Mark

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