Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lakeside Pleasures

Boy, what's the matter with me?!  I'm feeling so lazy I haven't posted a blog since Monday.  Must be spring fever, brought on by the last two sunny warm days, making me just want to mellow out and toss all my duties aside.  I did get outdoors, of course,  but mostly to mosey or just sit back, close my eyes, and turn my face to the sun.  But yesterday, Sue and I pushed ourselves to walk all the way around Moreau Lake,  happy to have a snowless shore to walk on.

We'd brought picnic lunches, planning to bask on the sandy beach at the northern end of the lake, but a brisk wind sweeping across what remained of the ice kept us moving, hoping to find a more sheltered spot in the lee of the mountains.  Although a calm day would have made for pleasanter picnicking, we were glad for the breeze that sent these ripples to dapple the underwater sand with dancing streamers of gold.  Plus flashing all the other colors of the rainbow.  Be sure to enlarge this photo with a click to see how prismatic these wavelets are, creating a gorgeous kaleidoscopic effect.  I stood and watched for the longest time, just mesmerized.

 I couldn't decide which photo I liked better, so I've posted both.

We eventually made it around the lake, where we found a bench that was both in the sun and out of the wind.  There we sat to enjoy our lunch and a splendid view of the lake and the sky.  That's when Sue saw it, a huge bird soaring way up high and moving fast on the thermals:  an eagle for sure, but not (she believed) a Bald Eagle.  Not even a juvenile Baldie.  Sue knows her birds, and when she got home and checked her books, her suspicions were confirmed:  she'd spied a Golden Eagle.  A nice way to end our already golden morning.


The Cranky Crone, she lives alone! said...

Those ripple water pics are so luscious! in every way, colour,texture,light play, just georgious.
You described what I wold call a perfect day out, and then to spy a Golden Eagle to boot.
Thanks for sharing as always.

June said...

I dearly hope that your home is filled with these photos, framed and hanging on the walls. You take some of the best Nature pictures I have ever seen.

Ellen Rathbone said...

That first water photo looks like a turtle shell!

We had two glorious 60-degree days, followed by (so far) two days where it has snowed and the wind has howled. Argh.

Seema Patel said...

Great picture of the simmering water.
As always loved the depiction

threecollie said...

Glad you posted both because they are both glorious. I am so excited about the golden eagle sightings. My brother and I saw one up by the Mohawk Indian house when we were young and none since. I am keeping my eyes open now though.