Good morning and Happy Saturday to everyone! Welcome back to the solitude on my deck. Time for a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of solitude today. Of course we will just forget about the bear which might come pounding up onto the deck at any moment and destroy this nice tranquility. After all, thinking about him would definitely take away from the solitude enjoyed out here.
So, with that in mind, why don’t we travel back to a nice lake that my friend and I visited on Thursday morning. Thus we can enjoy our solitude without the bear bothering us. The lake was somewhat calm when we got there, a little earlier I am sure it was like a mirror. It is so beautiful when lakes are like that. But anyway, it was still very nice and just a little wind starting up to ruffle the surface of the lake.
Birds were singing all around us, cedar waxwings were in abundance. They are a beautiful bird but they love to hide among the branches of trees which makes it difficult to get pictures of them. They were undoubtedly in this location because of the apple and cherry blossoms. They love to eat the flower petals, especially on apple trees. It does not hurt the apple production however, but those petals must be very healthy to eat, at least for the birds.
I know the petals can be dried and added to herbal tea mixes that you can make yourself. Anyway, I was unable to get any pics of these birds that day, but I already have some nice pics of them. However, it is always nice to try and get more, it is always possible to get an even better photo. There were some large bees and wasps flying about in the apple tree but they also were not cooperating that day. I did however, get some nice pics of flower flies at another lake, but that will be for a different time.
I did finally get some beautiful pics of a Canadian Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. I have tried since getting a camera 4 years ago and only managed to get a couple of more distant photos. I will show that at a later time as well. Plus there were several nice wildflowers in bloom though I missed one that I was really hoping to get, the pink ladyslipper. Three of them had already finished blooming. I really thought they might bloom a little later this year, a number of other wildflowers are blooming a bit later than normal.
Some people were on the lake fishing while we were there. This is a good lake for fishing and this part of the lake is just a small bay really. The lake is quite large with numerous islands. Usually there are loons in this bay but I did not see or hear any that day. That was too bad, I was hoping to get some loon photos. Perhaps another time. But sitting beside the lake certainly is tranquil, a true place of solitude.
It is wonderful to sit there looking out over the lake and drink in all that beauty, enjoying every sight and sound, breathing in each scent. That truly is solitude at its best. I do hope you will enjoy the photos today, mostly of the lake, but I just had to show more of that beautiful cherry tree as my featured photo today. Thank you so much for joining us, have a most wonderful weekend everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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