19.11.11

For once the little lake gets a starring role




















































This little lake is the first and last thing I see every day from my window. Mist rising, rain disturbing the surface, ice forming or sun gleaming and sparkling on it's surface making it a swimmable day, the lake tells the story. The light catches it from every angle and although people who drive past it are aware of it, I live with it all year around and it changes by the minute.

Herons fly over and back all summer long and on stormy days seagulls wash in it and hang out until the winds drop and they can go back to the coast. Wild birds live around it and others dip in when they are passing. Swans mate there and if you are swimming swallows swoop down and sip water around you barely noticing your prescence.

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, left and right from my view. It is a back up reservoir and when I swim in it I remember that people will be drinking that water a little later! As far as I know there isn't a monster in it although it is 90 feet deep in the middle and was formed from an ancient volcanic crater. Last winter it froze over for the first time since 1962. An old man on a stick walked out on it saying he would probably never see the likes again.

In summer it is alive with insects, in winter it is shelter for birds and small animals. Surrounded by a forest on one it is also a picnic spot for the many day trippers and the fishermen who frequent it. It is easy to take for granted what is right under your nose and although I photograph it all the time today I decided to give it a starring role. What is on your street or out your window? What do you see when you look out to check on the new day?






23 comments:

  1. Piękne miejsce i bardzo ładnie pokazane: w dzień , zmroku, we mgle, z krajobrazem wokół i chyba latem ( ostatnie zdjęcie). Śliczne zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam

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  2. Beyond beautiful - this is why I could never live in the city again. I too appreciate the simple beauty of Nature and try not to take it for granted.

    We have no visible (and rarely audible) neighbors. The morning sounds are of birds and a distant rooster. Sometimes a few sheep.

    We have no lake (unless it rains too much) but there are several season ponds, home to amorous frogs and salamanders. What I most enjoy is our view of the meadow and forest beyond. It's a wildlife freeway (hence my deer issue) but the sight of it makes me breathe a little slower and deeper. We are so blessed.

    It's so interesting you should post this as I have planned something in a similar vein for my Thanksgiving piece.

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  3. Your photograph are getting nicer and nicer :) Love the new header too :)

    All things nice...

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  4. Какое счастье видеть в окно такую красоту!!! Хочется смотреть и смотреть фотографии!) У нас в окно видны девятиэтажки:)

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  5. Gorgeous! It's good feng shui to have water near your house.

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  6. What a beautiful place to live...I see the rising sun, my backyard wildlife garden complete with pond and meadow...sometimes I may see fox or deer...your lake far exceeds what I see though...just lovely!!

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  7. How fantastic to have such a beautiful lake and scenic area right outside your window! Beautiful photos, too!

    I live in a partially developed subdivision, so I see lots of houses out of my windows. Thankfully there are a lot of trees around as well!

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  8. What a gorgeous vieuws you have. Beautiful.
    Have a nice weekend.
    gr. Marijke

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  9. This is gorgeous! Can we switch lakes?

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  10. The lake is very pretty and such a nice feature to see right outside your window. I was so impressed with the countryside beyond also. You can see 'forever' it seems. I like the houses with the mountainous backdrop. Where I lived before we had that and here the area is so flat. I so miss that type of larger landscape.

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  11. That is so beautiful. I love the photo of the mist overthe lake. You are so lucky to have that on your doorstep.

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  12. What a gorgeous lake, and a gorgeous view you have! How wonderful to be able to see that every day. I love how you described it. Small things that I would have never thought about, you make it all sound so magical.

    There is a group of three trees I can see from my bed every morning. One is a pine, the other two are deciduous. So, I always see a little green, but it's obvious what season it is. i get to see birds and squirrels sometimes, too. I hadn't thought about it, but it's funny how we get so attached to the things we see daily. Thanks for reminding me to appreciate my three trees!

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  13. Looks idyllic. I especially like the second photo. Nothing like a bit of mist for some atmosphere. We look out onto rooftops and the sea (if you jump up and down) at the front and the bird feeders and the garden at the back.

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  14. Thank you so much for the images you have created of what is outside your window! It's always the first thing that I do in a new place. I love going somewhere really different, an urban back alley or a sunny suburban garden. What ever is outside becomes part of what is inside so I suppose we are influenced in many ways by what we see. You are all lovely for taking the time to comment, I love getting them and reading them, and many people who never comment at all tell me that they love reading them too. X

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  15. When I looked at the next to last image, of the lake with sun and the mist, I thought I saw the mist moving, drifting a bit off the right of the photo-- your pictures just get more amazing!

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  16. Well, I am very envious of your morning view - that is just too beautiful for words! How wonderful to wake up to that every morning ...

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  17. What an incredible view to have. I love being by water it is just so calming and being able to watch all that wildlife...beautiful.

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  18. I recognise Ballinlough Lake from swimming across it.

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  19. Oh your posts are magical! Thank you

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  20. Your setting literally took my breath away for a moment. Thank you so much for this peek into your space in Ireland, a Country of my roots and one which I hope to visit some day.

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  21. What a beautiful view you look out on every day Caitriona, how very lucky :) I just look out at the little front garden and the houses around where we live, but we are lucky enough to have a nice view of the city, especially at night and it's great to be able to see so much sky compared to other places we've lived! Im sorry I haven't been to your blog to say hello in quite a while, I was taking a bit of a breather from being online so much but found lately that I missed calling in on friends blogs to see what they were up to! As always your words and photos are inspiring, I especially love the colours of the first shot and the mist in the second.

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  22. Beautiful images! I thought to myself "Wow! Would love to live there!" And then I realised that I had.. for 12 years. Oh I miss Ireland! Will definitely come back to your blog again :)

    Slán!

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