Saturday, July 20, 2013

Wandering Around The Lake In A Silver Canoe

    Last weekend, David and I went canoeing in Lake Washington and it was such a blast. He brought his fishing pole and I brought a book and my sketchbook. We paddled around in between bouts of relaxation under the shinning sun.
    The area of the lake we were canoeing had a surreal feel to it. The lily pads gave the liquid landscape a more solid feel, like we could step out of the canoe and wander around on the islands of lily pads. The cement structure of the 520 highway rose from the water, giving the idyllic, sun-drenched lake an industrial edge. Usually this area would be buzzing with traffic sounds, but the 520 bridge was closed that weekend. We lucked out! Because of the cement structures, I think this would be a good place to have a scene in a post-apocalyptic movie. Although the film crew would need to do filming on a cloudy day to really convey the unsettling atmosphere appropriate to a post-apocalyptic movie.

   While wondering in the canoe, we spotted many signs of animal life.

  Two baby ducks came right to the side of the canoe in order to befriend us. How cute! We could reach out and touch the tops of their heads if we were not afraid it would scare them off. We also saw a mama duck and her babies skirting through the lily pads.

  We found a stowaway in our boat! A little green grasshopper-like bug. 

  I also found a water snail, although he looks like a brown stone in this picture. You'll have to take my word for it, he was a snail.

    I love the swallows with their orange throats and blue feathers. They dart around in spastic motions, unafraid of collision with anyone or anything. Some of these industrious little birds built their nests along the bridge.

    Near the swallow nests I spotted a bald eagle. I hope he wasn't planning on eating any baby swallows.

    We also saw a great blue heron. They are very still birds when they want to be.


    We spent a long time on our canoe trip, nearly five hours. This is because we not only enjoyed paddling about, but we spent time lounging in various spots. David was fishing while I was reading or working in my sketchbook.

(David preparing his fishing line, me using my watercolor set)

(Sketchbook, Fruit, Mystery Novel)

    There are just so many beautiful sights to see while canoeing on the lake! 


Dorien Ruben said...

Ahhh.. what a wonderful day.. With all the pictures I can almost feel like I was there. Hmm :)

Amber @ Fauna Finds Flora said...

It was really wonderful. We knew we would have fun canoeing, but it ended up being even more fun than we expected!