There are lots of big lakes within driving distance of the city where we live, so ever since my parents and I moved here when I was nine years old, I have known lots of people who had lake cottages, or even lived at a lake and drove into town each day to work. And, even though, over the years I had been a guest at lake cottages many times, I really never saw what all the fuss was about. Sure, it was fun for an afternoon of boating and swimming, but what was so great about spending alot of time at a lake?
Then, when Hubby and I were looking for a new home after a developer had bought our farmhouse, friends who lived on this small lake in an addition right in town, had us over for dinner. We loved the neighborhood (which includes two other small lakes) and we were intrigued by the fact that you could actually fish, swim and have a non-motorized boat right out your back door! So, long story short, we ended up buying the house that was for sale second door from our friends.
And now I get it. Yes, the activities we can do on the water (mainly done when our grandchildren are here) are fun, but for me, it is the constant entertainment right outside the window that routinely thrills me.
I know that geese are frequently considered an annoyance, but I love to watch them, along with lots of ducks and occasional swans, loons or herons thrown in!
I’ve never considered myself a big lover of wildlife, but I have to say that I never get tired of seeing what’s going on on the lake.
I have also come to realize how hard it is to take a picture of birds in flight! I’ve never gotten “the perfect shot” I invision — even though I’ve seen a perfect one many times, but always at a time when I didn’t have camera in hand.
Whether I ever get the perfect picture or not, I never get tired of the “show”.