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Summer Clouds Reflect

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Summer clouds reflect,

Another season ending…

Autumn’s chill arrives.

My hubby and I went kayaking Saturday before the big chill arrived at the lake.  The early morning rain shower on Sunday brought a new layer of cool autumn air.

We close up at the lake soon.  I always feel a little sad to see another summer season end…

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We feel blessed to have so many wonderful memories and seasons with our friends at the lake!

Cheers to good memories! 🙂

P.S. What memories do you cherish with friends?  I hope you share them with me! ❤️

Clear Skies

We have been dealing with smoke from wild fires in our area for several weeks.  Not only do we have poor vision but the air quality has been awful!  This photo was taken last weekend at the lake:

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So we were thrilled to have a few drops of rain and wind to clear the skies this last weekend!

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Yesterday, we were able to enjoy a short boat ride and breathe in fresh air in clear skies.  It was wonderful to see blue sky and mountains again.  Hoorah! 😃

We noticed the air and water temperatures were cooler and leaves starting to change to autumn’s glorious show:

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It was so nice to enjoy the beauty around us again!  We hope that the firefighters are able to get control of fires around us so that the smoke stays away.  We still need rain badly.

Even the wild animals are hurting from the dry weather.  I found this wild bunny eating an apple from a neighbor’s tree.  The deer love the apples but I have never seen a bunny eat one!

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Such bizarre weather this year, everywhere it seems…

Stay safe friends!

Cheers! 🙂

 

A Little “Extra” Lake Time

It is difficult to believe that summer is almost over!  September brings cooler evenings, shorter days and changing colors.

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In the states, we are celebrating an extra long weekend called Labor Day (always the first Monday in September) which pays tribute to contributions and achievements of American workers.  It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and came a federal holiday in 1894.

I took a little extra time to paint outdoors at the lake today.  I gathered some flowers, a wild rose hip and a couple of beach rocks.

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I’m not really liking the black online but I wanted to try something different.  I gave this little painting to a friend who kindly brought me dinner last week.  It was an extra nice treat for me! 🙂

How do like to spend a little extra time to relax?!  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

 

Take A Walk

I apologize that I haven’t posted in a few days… life has kind of gotten in the way!  I haven’t been feeling well and so I have gotten behind.

I thought you might enjoy taking a little walk with me at the lake after a busy week…

These pie cherries are looking pretty ripe!  The Robins haven’t eaten these…yet!

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The sunset looks like a winner tonight – look at these whispy clouds!

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Pinecones piled high for a beach fire – yet look at that yellow flower growing on the edge! 🙂

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As I step onto the dock, I notice the clouds reflecting on the water and plants sprouting new growth between boards:

I like the combination of the moss growing on the dock boards and the mountains in the distance in this sunset view:

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As I walk back to my little place at the lake, I notice these beautiful flowers:

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I just love their color combination, don’t you? 💜

Wishing you a happy day taking a walk enjoying the beauty around you –  I hope you share a description with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Relaxing

I took this photo at the lake recently:

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Then had fun changing it with a free app called, “Layout,” on my iPad:

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Doesn’t it look cool?!

Here is another one with a different photo:

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Wishing you a day to relax doing what you enjoy!

Cheers! 🙂

Lake Time

My hubby and I opened up our lake place (trailer) over the weekend.  We weren’t sure of the weather but decided to chance it and left home in rainy weather but arrived at the lake in sunshine!

The weather turned out to be wonderfully warm and the sky was the brilliant blue of summer… although the mountains were still covered with snow!

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We took our first boat ride of the season… Lake time for us is May through September.    I have been going to Priest Lake, Idaho since I was a baby so it always feels like coming home when I arrive!

Here are some more photos for you to enjoy with a haiku:

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Snow on rocky peaks,

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Sunshine sparkles on waves blue-green…

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Ah, fresh mountain air!

Cheers!

Carousel Of Lights

Carousel of lights,

Forgetting winter’s cold bite,

Brings our eyes delight!

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My hubby and I were at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho yesterday.  I took these photos outside at the marina.  The resort puts on a Christmas light show every year.

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I enjoyed looking at the mountains too and how peaceful the lake is in winter.  We did see one boat on the lake in 12 degrees!  Brrr!  Too cold for us!

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Wishing you a day to relax and enjoy the beauty around you… wherever you live!

Peace Friends!  🙂

Winter’s Wonderland

My hubby and I took a drive to the lake yesterday. The roads were wet so it was a good day to travel.  It was so lovely to see the trees covered with snow!  A little cold by the lake as the wind was blowing so I took a quick photo while it was snowing:

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The lake water is lowered in the winter so it always looks a bit strange to see so much shoreline.  It would be a bit chilly for a beach fire today!  😉

We walked around near our lake place.  It was so beautiful and peaceful!

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We saw a few deer tracks and that was about it.  And a little sunshine as we were leaving but mostly it felt really cold.  Brrr!

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So we stopped for a cup of coffee and hot cocoa to warm-up by a crackling fire at a local resort before heading home.

It was lovely to enjoy winter’s wonderland for a day and return to our warm home!

Enjoy your day!  🙂

Dog Fennel?

I painted this postcard size watercolor at the lake:

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I painted it outdoors – this was my view:

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I used a little artistic liberty and removed the green sewer pole sign.  My intention was to paint the daisies.  I discovered that it was not easy to paint small daisies…

Painting these “wild daisies” motivated me to get out my book on wildflowers when I got home:

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I still struggled to identify them.  So I took a closer look:

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And with the help of the internet, I believe they are a member of the Aster family.  There most common name is Mayweed.   They are also called Stinking Chamomile and Dog Fennel.

According to USWildflowers.com, “Anthemis cotula is an introduced species which is now found in every state in the United States and in most of Canada.  It can be invasive, and is officially listed as a noxious weed in Colorado and Nevada.”  I had no idea!

I kind of like the name Dog Fennel.

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Woof!

I encourage you to discover a new flower this week!  🙂

Happy Creating!

Watercolor Postcard

I painted this postcard from the lake photo I posted yesterday:

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I like painting this size – 4 x 6 inch!

It is a good way to “practice” painting.  🙂

Last year, I painted a watercolor postcard of a mountain scene and actually MAILED it!  And yes!  The person actually received it!  What a FUN gift to share with a someone special.

I challenge you to create a “postcard” size painting and MAIL it to a friend!

Happy Creating!