Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Little Lake

On Labor Day I was driving near Des Moines. It was a pleasant day, so I decided to drive over to a small lake near the city. I just wanted to walk around and do nothing but enjoy being outdoors.

Here's the spot I found.

It met my requirements. A picnic table to sit at and read my book. Lots of space. A view of the water. And quiet. Very, very quiet.

I could see boats on the water. I particularly liked this little sail boat.

Here. You can see it a bit better in this picture.

Of course I saw lots of little fishing boats moving across the water. On this lake they are not allowed to make a wake.

I saw this little path. I liked the wild flowers and followed it to the water.

I took off my shoes and waded in. The water felt good and cool.

Walking along the shore I noticed this piece of concrete on the edge of the water. I waded over to it. It was a perfect spot to sit and totally secluded.

Looking to the left I saw this view. I liked the tree hanging over the water.

Sitting on this slab of concrete I looked out over the lake. I could see boats of various types. However, I was glad to be where I was. This was just fine.

Looking the other way, the lake looked quiet and peaceful.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have your little quiet place you can retreat to every so often.


larkspur said...

R, what lake? Looks like a great spot to relax on a beautiful day.

Memphis MOJO said...

Nice crisp photos. Thx for sharing.

Small City Scenes said...

What a nice retreat for alittle R&R. It looks like you thoroughly enjoyed your peaceful time there. MB

Maureen said...

Very nice, like the wild flower path.

Daryl said...

Delightful ... especially sitting with feet dangling in the water .. so very relaxing

Jo said...

That looks like a beautiful spot. I love lakes, and I love swimming in them, and I have always loved the look of a tree overhanging a river or a lake. There is something so calm and mesmerizing about it. My favorite swimming spot as a child had trees that hung over the water like that, and the combination of the water lapping and the breeze through the leaves, created such a peaceful, lazy summer-afternoon sort of feeling. That picture brings back those memories.

Dad Stuff said...

You just can't beat a good day of solitude.

Hilary said...

Lovely. That spot reminds me of my own neighbourhood lake.. just a few steps away from my door... complete with tree overhanging. I'll bet yours is cleaner though. I don't think I'd wade in ours. ;)