Saturday, December 27, 2014

Silent Lake

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. ~Wallace Stevens

So now that winter is officially here, I'm going to draw you back into Autumn with a few photos from this past October. My dear friend Carol Anne and I met up halfway between (one of) her place(s) and mine. After lunch we found a lovely spot for a hike - Silent Lake Provincial Park.

It was indeed particularly silent, being off-season and all. Due to a bit of flooding, we weren't able to make the full circuit and had to turn around and retrace our return path, making for a longer than expected walk. Still it was a beautiful day with good company and beautiful sights to see. Here are just a few of them.

Silent lake
Our first view of this pretty body of water provided us with this peaceful little island sight.





silent lake 2
Some of the walking areas were swampy and awkward. There was plenty of room to get around this log though.





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Another peek at Silent Lake through the trees.





silent lake 5
It was becoming more dense with trees. Which path do we take?





silent lake 7
On our left, a moss-covered tree stump showing off its textures and colours in the sunlight.





Silent lake 11
Not to be outdone, a cluster of fungi vies for our attention.





Silent lake 13
But we opted to take the path on our right - the one that follows the lake. See how she sparkles like diamonds in the afternoon sun?





Silent lake 14
Here's what the path looked like behind us. Or rather, ahead of us because by now, we had reached an impasse and had turned around to retrace our steps.





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The lake is now off to our left.





Silent lake10 oak on the water
Oak leaves had collected in a mini bay along the shore. They were still in the height of autumn gold.





Silent lake 20
At the end of our walk, we still had time before we had to go our separate ways, once again. We sat alongside this babbling brook for a while and I played with the shutter speed setting of my camera, trying to get a bit of a creamy effect from the water.


In all, it was a perfect day.

Like many of you, my visiting and posting schedule has slowed down some during the holidays but I do hope to stop by your blogs before too much longer. See you soon!

50 comments:

ADRIAN said...

It does indeed look a peaceful Silent Lake.

Cloudia said...

Soul Healing photos!




ALOHA from Honolulu
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June said...

Oh, I bet those woods smelled SO good!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

That little one tree island is SUCH a cutie!

Out on the prairie said...

I was in a light jacket fishing open water yesterday here. Going to act winter in a few days.This time of year I am skating on the lake.I went to a rink last week.

Anvilcloud said...

I'm not sure why we have never made it to SL; it's not that far from Glen Alda. I liked the fungi.

messymimi said...

What warm memories to carry you through the winter!

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lindaakacraftygardener said...

We spent many happy summers camping and canoeing at Silent Lake. Love the fungi photo.

DJan said...

I am missing my hikes because of Christmas and New Years falling on Thursdays, but these wonderful pictures give me a taste of the woods. That's the best fungi picture I've ever seen. I've stopped trying to take pictures of them, since they never turn out very well. That one is heaven! :-)

Tabor said...

Your photos remind me of my woods. We still have fall...it is just colder but now snow yet.

TexWisGirl said...

loved it! light, shadow, color, moss, beauty. :)

Kat said...

Ooo! That babbling brook is just amazing. I love that shot. Thank you for sharing your wonderful pics. Just gotta love fall. :)

ellen abbott said...

so beautiful! I miss a good woods without rampant undergrowth to walk in.

Karen said...

Beautiful country isn't it? My sister is at Eel's Lake. I spent a lot of my youth following Eel's creek out of the lake and south.

William Kendall said...

What a beautiful place!

Rita said...

What stunning pictures! You even captured the diamonds sparkling on the lake! :)

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful places to live in, I love it, specially the seventh, that is superb.

Red said...

Another great walk and post, Hilary. I'll always remember your advice to go for a walk and you will find things to photograph.

L. D. said...

Your captures are so superb. The water sparkles are special and the leaves helped give you great pattern. Enjoyed seeing them all.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

ahh...sigh...enjoyed the visit.

Barbara Shallue said...

What a gorgeous place for a hike! Great job on the swirling water photo. I still haven't grasped that.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Your photos are always good,but these may well be the best ones yet. I love all the scenes.WOW!!!

solarity said...

Wonderful lichens! Wonderful everything else, too.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

ditchingthedog said...

Have you ever tired geocaching? That park looks like it would have a few.

Stephen Hayes said...

Gorgeous pictures. So restful. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

Beautiful shots! I can almost hear soft music playing.

ladyfi said...

Your lake is beautiful at any time of year!

EG CameraGirl said...

I love seeing the autumn photos and wish I had taken more myself when I had the chance! :)

Betsy Brock said...

beautiful...I agree, seems like the perfect day!

photowannabe said...

Oh, I would love to hike there. What a beautiful and silent place.
Gorgeous photos Hilary.
They make me antsy to get out and do a photo shoot soon!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

It looks perfect! There is forest bathing, but traveling on the water is as good! It's so brown and dreary today!

Glo said...

Thanks for taking us along on such a lovely walk, having the opportunity to share your eye for picture taking. Wonderful shots!

Laura said...

What a beautiful place to wander and explore with your friend!

Frank Baron said...

Very nice, as always. Looks like there might be a few places along the shore to cast a line.

I'm going to have to find out what swims in Silent Lake. :)

Leave It To Davis said...

The trees and path remind me of the time my hubby and I ventured out on the other side of the dam by our lake...there are walking trails there. We actually got lost....I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone. No matter which way we went, we ended back at the same spot. We ended up having to climb a cliff to get back on the path....after crossing a stream. We spent nearly 3 hours lost where our phones got no reception. And he was 64 and I was 58....too old to be lost! Always take a compass. lol

Tammie Lee said...

lovely to see autumn images while being immersed in winter, entirely different!

sweet holidays to you.

Kerri Farley said...

What a lovely walk!!

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Abraço de Ano Novo com votos de muita felicidade.
Feliz Ano Novo.
AG

Rick Watson said...

That picture of the tree stump with moss looks like a painting.
You do good work Hillary.
R

Wendy said...

Ooooo - I love how you capture those sparkly diamonds on the Lake! I have such a hard time with trying to capture sparkles, especially on water. But then again - I just use the automatic setting on my camera.

The water in the last pic looks like an oil painting! So much fun!

Sounds like you had a soothing and productive day. Thanks for sharing your walk.
Hugs

Suldog said...

Before visiting here today, I hadn't been longing for a walk in the woods. Now I am...

Mage said...

Simply lovely stuff. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. :)

Daryl said...

such a beautiful place .. such gorgeous photos ... i love the tree ears aka fungi .. so striking

Magia da Inês said...



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Lady Lilith said...

Great images. Your nature shots always bring a smile to my face.
Happy new year.

Maggie May said...

It all looks superbly, peacefully silent.
Marvellously captured by your camera!
Happy New Year.
Maggie x

Sharon Wagner said...

Happy New Year Hillary!

Gail Dixon said...

Hiking with a friend, camera in tow, is one of my favorite activities. You captured some gorgeous scenes. The fungi remind me of butterflies.

Indrani said...

Lovely beautiful captures. The designs on fungi is amazing.
That was a wonderful virtual walk for me too. :)