Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Dock of the Bay and Posts of the Week

I'm just sittin' on the dock of the bay wasting time.
~ Otis Redding/Steve Cropper

I love our dock. Well maybe not the dock so much but rather the view of our lake which usually includes the dock. Though the conditions are different in most of the images, you might find this post a bit repetitive because many of them are of the same view - the dock. There's only so much one can expect from a dock. What can I say? You just can't teach an old dock new tricks.

first light
The first spark of light appears in the sky, soon to ignite the morning with vibrant hues. You can still see the solar powered lights on the dock. To them, it's still night.

misty morn10
Before too long the sun and clouds unite to provide colour and drama in the sky. The nights are cool. The day is warming. The hills are misty with change.

misty morn daylight
Before too long, most of the early morning colour is gone but the mist remains while the temperature rises.

home seen from the water2
Let's shake things up a little bit. Can you handle the excitement? Here the same dock as seen from the water. You can tell that our renovations are still incomplete.

gull and catch2'
I'm not the only one who is fond of the dock. This seagull spent quite a bit of time here, one day. It was only when I started snapping a few photos with the long lens, that I could see why.

gull and catch
It was hidden by his shadow in the first photo but here, you can plainly see that this gull had been busy fishing.

gull and catch4
Despite my distance from the gull, he seemed to sense my presence and grew uneasy with my prying camera lens. Seconds later he took off with his dinner.

dusk on muskie bay
Dusk on the bay is usually a subtle blend of colours. Since we face east, it's the morning which outdoes itself from one time to the next. But when the mosquitoes permit, it's still a lovely sight to look out over the bay before nightfall.

I seem to have fallen into a once-a-week posting pattern. I may or may not continue with that pace for a while but I do think I'll get back into more frequent posting, once summer is done. I'm just not in any hurry for this beautiful season to be over. I hope you're enjoying yours. More photos coming up sooner or later.

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And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if your blog post is named as a POTW.


Dependence Day
by Michelle
at House of Lime

We Were Constellations // Once
by Brian
at WaystationOne



Bird and Butterfly Stand-off
by Gail
at Louisiana Belle

Holding Up the Sky
by Fiona
at Lady Fi

Back Stroke
by Montanagirl
at Montanagirl's Photo Blog

Bride and Groom
by Andy
at Eye Candy

Kenya Anniversary
by Sue
at Photowannabe



by Birdie
at Ditching the Black Dog



In and Out
by Betsy
at My Five Men

The Way I See It
by Leah
at The Goat's Lunch Pail


An Awe Filled Moment
by Tabor
at One Day at a Time



Recommended by: Gail
Wonder Into Worship
by Anita
at Did You Bring Your Camera


Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you


TexWisGirl said...

'can't teach an old dock new tricks.' bwahahaha! :)

love the 2nd photo! wowza!

off to read some blogs, now!

Rob-bear said...

The pictures are so delightful. Different sky, different compositions. And you were right to think something fishy was going on with that Gull.

"You just can't teach an old dock new tricks." My, your humour is certainly picking up. Very good, HIlary!

Blessings and Bear hugs!

Betsy Brock said...

Well, aren't you sweet! Thanks for the mention!

I love your photos...that dock comes in handy for great posers, doesn't it?

solarity said...

If Monet can do haystacks without being boring, you can do docks.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

joeh said...

My mom had a similar dock on a creek off the Chesapeake Bay. I loved crabbing and fishing off that dock or just watching the wild life that lived around it.

Loved the pun...didn't even groan. Oh hell, yes I did, all good puns deserve a groan.

Slamdunk said...

Well, I love your dock too; sounds like there is always something going on there.

Off to visit your POTW, I see some familiar and talented names.

Red said...

I can tell you are enjoying your new digs for the first summer. I think you will find all kinds of subjects on your walks around the community.

photowannabe said...

Hilary, thank you so very much for honoring me by listing me on a Post of the Week.
I was so surprised to find this out.
Gorgeous Dock photos...I never grow tired of seeing your view of the world.

messymimi said...

It's a lovely enough view that i promise i'm not tired of seeing it through your lens.

Ruth Hiebert said...

These are lovely peaceful scenes.

Cloudia said...

Your post makes me long for a time at the lake, yet also feel as if I HAVE! Lovely

ALOHA from Honolulu
=^..^= <3

ADRIAN said...

I always enjoy mist over water. This one is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

What a slice of heaven you've found!

And thank you so much for the mention here.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

Oh man, YOUR Lake = !!!!

Tabor said...

It always makes me pause when I come here and see Moanie and realize how briefly we touch each other in this digital space. I thank you, once again, for your generous support to my blog. You are now in your happy place at the lake, but I do not see the remodeling in the photo, while I do see a pretty good-sized house!

Suburban Girl said...

I like the dock photo with the mist over the water. So lovely.

Kerri Farley said...

Such lovely images!

ellen abbott said...

loved seeing the different views of the dock and lake.

Sharon Wagner said...

I just tried to leave a comment and I'm not sure if it worked. So if this is a repeat. Lovely, appealing dock. I'd jump off if I could!

stephen Hayes said...

If Monet could make great art by repeatedly painting haystacks, you can make great art photographing your dock. And I think you are.

Kamana said...

you photograph sunsets and sunrises so well.

Daryl said...

i love all these photos but i do especially love the gull and his lunch

Rita said...

What a precious spot to call home! I never tire of your dock pics.
I've been only posting once or occasionally twice a week lately, too. Just been a busy summer. It will all slow down come winter. ;) Enjoy!!

Gail Dixon said...

Hilary, you have an outstanding view from your dock. You are living my dream of having a home near water. I wouldn't even care if it was a tiny strip by a small pond. But you have quite a nice piece of property here.

The second photo is stellar. Wow. And the gull with a fish...superb!

Thank you so much for bestowing a POTW on my humble post. You are such a dear and generous blogger. I know some of the others as well, so I'm in good company. :)

Barb said...

I'd be willing to learn something from that old dock! What a heavenly place to watch the changing water and sky.

Vagabonde said...

If I had such a deck I would spend hours on it every day – such colors and water too! I think you could take pictures of the sun at dawn or at dusk and have totally different pictures every time. Your last picture is pure art! I’ll keep a list of the blogs you mentioned, but I am so far behind reading all my blogging friends’ blogs that it will be a while before I can read new ones, but I shall.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

I miss living so close to the water. The sunsets are always perfect.

Indrani said...

Great series on the dock! The seagull with its catch in its beak makes a lovely pic.

Unknown said...

Very nice. You do have some amazing views.

yaya said...

I so want to sit on your dock...unless you require visitors to hold a fish in their mouth..wait, that might not be a deal breaker!

Kerry said...

What a gorgeous, hypnotic view you have. I can look at these shots over and over again.

Barbara said...

I would get up to catch that sunrise every morning if I lived there! Gorgeous!

Unknown said...

Hilary: I love all of these photos and hoe you spell colour! Very cool. The Gull is my favorite and yes, I want to see these blogs too! Great photos!!!

Unknown said...

..."how" you spell colour--I just caught that. :)

Brian Miller said...

hey, thanks for the inclusion...i was on vacation until today...and what a treat to come home to...

the dock...looks like a wonderful place to rest...i spent a bit of time on the porch today...watching life...the gull even brought snacks...smiles.

Jenn Jilks said...

You have a lovely spot. I'm glad you shared the photo. I sure miss our lake.