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08
Dec

All Things Pleasant on the Lake

A spectacular Super Moon graced us this week, bringing “the luster of midday” to our night sky. Clouds prevented us from seeing Super Moon rise in full splendor, although she later appeared overhead. The next night Moon rose out of the high forests, clinging to the trees before she gracefully floated on her way.
17
Nov

All Things Pleasant on the Lake

Snow has fallen! Looking up into the swirl of flakes that gather on our eyelashes and kiss our cheeks, our hearts are full of thanks for this simple, magical blessing...falling snow. With the coming of snow more feathered friends are frequenting the feeders and we give thanks for their presence. Chipmunk is still awake, filling his cheeks before scurrying back to his warm burrow.
10
Nov

All Things Pleasant on the Lake

November, quite suddenly, seems to have realized that she is November. Much colder temperatures have resulted, as well as some sleet and even a few snow flurries. Mornings dawn frosty crisp and hillsides are grays and greens, with the exception of an occasional flamboyant poplar tree, and the shiny bronze of ash and oak. Mallards cruise the lake, chatting and laughing.
15
Oct

All Things Pleasant on the Lake

Autumn brought us a rainy day this week. We have not had a rainy day in some time. We suddenly had to pause and do rainy-day type of things. As the clouds lifted, rainbows appeared and by the time the sun came out we realized that Autumn had been busily weaving more of her stunning tapestry across the hills. Too, ferns are browning up and winterberry is loaded with fruit.
06
Oct

All Things Pleasant on the Lake

As flags around the lake are lowered to half staff, we turn to Nature to seek balance and stability in troubled times. Nature is here for us now, hand in hand with Autumn, who often chooses to begin the day with a warm loving sunrise. Autumn’s colors rise with the sun, as Kingfisher chatters his approval and Mergansers begin their search for breakfast.
01
Oct

All Things Pleasant on the Lake

Have you been a caterpillar lately? Sometimes we feel that we are just crawling along, making it through every day. Or worse, tucked deep inside our chrysalis, shut away from all that is beautiful and good. Well, metamorphosis is not limited to caterpillars! Be inspired by Autumn’s fresh, invigorating air! Feel your spirit rise at the sight of vibrant splashes of color among the leaves and the rich crop of cones in the evergreens
22
Sep

All Things Pleasant on the Lake

Autumn begins. She is just a whisper now, but we see her glowing face in the still waters of the lake. Autumn means that Mother and Father Loon will begin their molt. A few gray feathers are beginning to appear around their beak and chin. Along the shores, bumblebees bob happily in the jewelweed and gorgeous purple and pink asters attract butterflies.
15
Sep

All Things Pleasant On The Lake

Mother Loon is clearly enjoying her ride. She takes every opportunity to nurture chicks Ping and Pong. Father Loon participates as well, but also spends time on lake patrol, dealing with groups of visitors and letting them know that this is indeed his lake. The family is together at night, and it is then that Mother and Father teach Ping and Pong the songs
10
Sep

All Things Pleasant On The Lake

We have listened to the rain singing here on the lake...day after day after day. In the gardens, hydrangea glows pink in the soft September light. Hummingbirds zip about, sometimes at the feeders, sometimes in the flowers. Once in a while two youngsters will spar, displaying their lovely white tipped tail feathers. Out on the lake, loon chicks Ping and Pong cruise happily, often flapping their handsome wings.
01
Sep

All Things Pleasant On The Lake

All seems so peaceful and calm here on the lake, as we listen to the news and see the heartbreaking photos coming from storm ravaged Texas. We wish them all hope in the face of such despair. Peace continues among the loons, with friendly visitors coming and going. Ping and Pong look wonderful. They are a bit more independent now.

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