Mother Nature surely agrees with these thoughts. Mornings in late August begin with the sound of geese flying across the path of the rising sun. Morning Glory opens. Each blossom lives only one day, so each works to be the very best. The late season phlox are sprinkled with dew. A thistle feeder attracts goldfinch near the kitchen window, a happy splash of sunny yellow.
Morning on the lake is all about quiet waters. Geese rise through wispy fog. Loons move silently to morning feeding grounds. Their minds are quiet, focused on the day and the task at hand. Perception of their world is keen and sharp and accurate. As the loons groom, their bands become visible and remind us of the loons’ tolerance and goodwill as we strive to learn more about their lives.
John B. Wilson of Pleasant Lake in New London was awarded the 2017 John F. Morten Award for Exemplary Lake Stewardship. In an announcement made yesterday, Tom O’Brien, President of the New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) and Board member’s from both NH LAKES and the Pleasant Lake Protective Association, gathered in New London to present the award to John Wilson – Mr. Pleasant Lake.
Morning fog is often unexpected. The forecast calls for a sunny day, but the lake has a different plan in mind. What a treat! So mysterious, and such a wonderful gift as the fog slowly lifts away and reveals many treasures. Look! A young mink is searching along the rocks for her morning breakfast. Beautiful Echinacea, Coneflowers, are now in bloom...such a showcase in the garden this time of year. And there are the loons, enjoying the peace of early morning.
Ping and Pong are growing by leaps and bounds! Their new gray contour feathers are readily visible now as more down feathers fall away. Flight feathers are growing as well. The chicks are much more streamlined. They are diving often and staying underwater for longer periods of time. And just look at those huge webbed feet! The family has had a good week with more peaceful hours.