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The Lake

This is a series of pics from when we were at the family cottage in Michigan over the Fourth of July.

From yesterday's deck, high up on the hill next to the cottage, you see The Lake.
It's in the shape of a horseshoe and this is it's neck.
My favorite time of the day is early morning and late evening when it's as smooth as glass!
In between, it's splashing with people and boats!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]

 

The Lake

This is a series of pics from when we were at the family cottage in Michigan over the Fourth of July.

From yesterday's deck, high up on the hill next to the cottage, you see The Lake.
It's in the shape of a horseshoe and this is it's neck.
My favorite time of the day is early morning and late evening when it's as smooth as glass!
In between, it's splashing with people and boats!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]

 

comments (28)

  • alex
  • 17 Jul 2007, 00:31
you chose a great angle to take this shot from, ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Alex. It's what we see from the deck! Someone (my older brother, I think) sure had insight to place it there!
I really like the crisp light (or pp?) in these shots. It is somehow very fitting for the 4th of July.
Ginnie Hart: The early morning light, Martin! It's my favorite time of the day at the cottage!
Ginnie, that's incredibly beautiful. What amazing still water! What I wouldn't give to wakeboard on water that smooth. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! But that's no fun, Red Pen! Once the afternoon comes, you'll have plenty of boat waves to bounce off of! grin
lovely pic. Lucky you to have so many beautiful places to choose from. The only disadvantage to living in Aus is the cost of traveling elsewhere unless you have oodles of money.
Ginnie Hart: Australia is HUGE, Aussie, so I'm quite sure you're right. This cottage is 850 miles away from where I live in Atlanta, which means a long drive or using frequent-flier miles that I'd rather save for Amsterdam...or spending "oodles of money!" We do the trip only twice a year!
  • Ted
  • 17 Jul 2007, 03:18
This is beautiful, Ginnie. It's so well composed and picturesque.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ted. Now you know why that spot is so special!
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 17 Jul 2007, 04:19
One word,
BEAUTIFUL
Suby
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thank you, Suby. I would love it if I could magically transport a SC group to that place for some R&R and meet-up! smile
  • susan
  • 17 Jul 2007, 04:34
Yes, the stillness is amazing
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes the stillness is exactly what the Doctor ordered! Thanks, Susan!
Lovely light - crisp and refreshing.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Ted! smile
  • Kay
  • 17 Jul 2007, 06:02
Gorgeous photo, Ginnie! Absolutely gorgeous grin
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kay. smile
Your cottage (cabin) is in a wonderful location. Early morning / late evening are usually the best light too, so at least you get to photograph the still water at the best time. I can see why you are a natural for Amsterdam. Mike
Ginnie Hart: I never made the connection to Amsterdam, Mike, but I'll take your word for it. smile
What a beautiful scene very crisp and sharp, feels like i'm standing next to you in this one. Lovely Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: In this pic, Tracy, you ARE standing next to me. smile
what a peaceful place... nice straight water
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Chantal. Wish I could whisk us all there! You'd be at home there on the deck in your wheelchair! I often do not go down to the grassy beach in the afternoon because I can't take all that sun, so I'd keep you company! smile
Wow.. This is such a beautiful view and it looks tranquil .. The shot is exceptional
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Shakara.
Wow, what an idyllic setting this is. Lovely lovely place, and picture. You're one lucky woman to have this in your family Ginnie, and to be sufficiently gifted to capture it so beautifully. You could, and probably should frame this and hang it up on your wall.
Ginnie Hart: Idyllic is a good word, Fehinti, and my family is very well aware that this place has been a Gift to the generations of our family, as long as we have it. A Gift of Grace, as my brother often says.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 17 Jul 2007, 10:15
Did you move Owl for this shot? grin I'm glad you posted this view showing the tranquility. We are blessed, and yes, it's a beautiful photo.
Ginnie Hart: No, Ruth. That's where Owl was on the dock. I'm guessing he got moved to the other side later by one of the kids?

The tranquility! Yes. That's the exact right word. Thanks, Ruth.
Lovely peaceful landscape - wish I was sat there. David.
Ginnie Hart: I think a bunch of us would love to be there right about now, David. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Jul 2007, 12:10
Purty as a picture, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I should take your frame from today's pic and put it around this, Ray. smile Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Jul 2007, 13:06
Looks can be deceiving - looks extremely restful - but then the lake people wake up and they roar and splash. So join them. End of the day a big steak and a glass of wine. Can't get better.

Is that an owl on the little pier? Hope you got a close-up.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You've been here, I see, Louis! grin That's exactly how it is!

And yes, that's Owl on the end of the dock. He's supposed to frighten the geese away but I'm afraid he's been pretty slack in his job of late. Even the flower boxes haven't helped much this year. It was like a mine field when we first arrived! And yes, I'm quite sure I have a close-up of Owl, which maybe I'll rummage through to find. smile
quel endroit de grand calme et de pure beauté
Ginnie Hart: Yes, O-P. It fills us up!
very placid, very calming...
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Sam. It is. Thanks for stopping by.
Looks like a place to relax and get ready for autumn. I like reflections smile
Ginnie Hart: And it is one of my favorite places in the autumn, Aksel. The trees are just gorgeous around the lake then. I like reflections, too. Thanks.
  • Judy
  • Sunny Southern California
  • 18 Jul 2007, 04:41
Ginnie - Absolutely breathtaking!
Ginnie Hart: Some day you'll see it for yourself, Judy!
Nice and peaceful mirror effect Ginnie ! Well done !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Roland. smile
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 18 Jul 2007, 15:25
looks too tranquil to be true ginnie. you sure some horror movies haven't been filmed here. what a lovely spot inded.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I know it's hard to believe but it's true for that short period of time in the morning hours...before the lake comes alive! Thanks, Neal. smile
  • Monika
  • terrential rain in London...again
  • 20 Jul 2007, 11:50
What a serene place, I wish I was there... perfect holidays! I hope you enjoy (enjoyed?) your time! smile
Ginnie Hart: Totally enjoyed our time, Monika, but it wasn't long enough! Thanks for backtracking and commenting.
Beautiful, I can easely imagine going to a fish party there smile smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Zeb. That would be so fun! smile
Nice mirrow. The water is really a mirror. Lovely!
Ginnie Hart: Yes it is, Jose. Thanks.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK.
  • 27 Jul 2007, 15:18
I was lucky enough to be invited to a cabin on Lake Marion for a couple of days in May, you may remember it: http://chunter.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Morning_on_the_Lake_/ It too was a beautiful place and this image instantly transported me back there.

Technically, you've made a very good composition within a square crop - not easy when you're used to composing in a rectangle, I've found - but that is irrelevant when compared with the sheer beauty it conveys.

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