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Back Yard Photographer – Small, Peaceful Lake

There is a small lake, maybe more like a pond, near one of my favorite walking trails. This is the spot where I go when I don’t have time for a long walk, but still want to relax in the great outdoors. Even in this little area I saw a couple different butterflies, some birds I hadn’t seen before, and an abundance of wild flowers. But I spent most of my time staring at the landscape. There is just something about the sound of the water splashing against the shore.

I met a few people while I was there. Even in a time where we wear masks and are socially distant, I can’t help myself, I have to greet people. From a distance we make eye contact and I wave politely. Usually people will wave back or nod hello. On this day, I met a couple who were unloading their small fishing boat, I had commented that it looked like they were going to have fun. They told me they like to get a little fishing in before they go to work. I’m not sure they caught many fish as I kept hearing the young lady laugh and there was the occasional splashing sound. I have a feeling he liked to fish and she just wanted to spend time with him. After I had finished with my photos and was heading back to my car, I met a gentleman. He saw my camera and asked me about the kinds of pictures I was taking. I asked if he was enjoying the weather on his walk. He had a cigar in his hand. He lifted it and said that he was enjoying his walk. This was the only time he could have a cigar since he couldn’t smoke at home. Even in a pandemic world, I get to have fun meeting people and having conversations.

But I digress. The above has nothing to do with the peaceful landscapes, just a comment on how others spend their time at this lake/pond. 🙂

Here’s a photo of the lake, trees, ect.

There were several types of dragon flies flying around me, but they were way too fast, so I wasn’t able to get a picture of them. And I was a bit fearful that I would lose track of my whereabouts and fall into the lake. So, instead I decided to focus on the green/yellow foliage that was floating in the lake.

Leaves in the lake

Here’s a closer look:

Yes, still looks like nothing more than a bunch of leaves to me. But it seems odd that there would be so many leaves at this time of year. So, I got an even closer photo (gotta love a zoom lens!).

The above are not leaves, but a type of Water Smartweed. The parts that are sticking out of the water, turn bright pink later in July. I learned something new on this trip. 🙂

I was sitting close enough to the edge of the water I could hear the fish and frogs. I never caught site of either, at least not long enough to get a good photo. However, a Great Blue Heron was nearby. It usually startles me when it takes off, but on this day I remained calm and was able to get some pretty decent photos. Here’s one of them:

It is a large bird. It stands 97-137 cm and has a six foot wingspan.

Hope you enjoyed the story and the photos. Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog!

All photos are originals by Kim Lawless. (yes, I changed my name from Kim Stites to Kim Lawless. I got married!)

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