Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Practicing on the lake


The lakes expands up over the beach.

I’m sitting in a warm living room, way up north, on the shores of Lake Michigan. I’m devoting Christmas Day to reading and napping and occasionally running down the forty-something steps in an attempt to capture the magnificent lake in all it’s windy, turquoise and frothy white splendor.

The colors are wonderful. In between bands of snow I try to capture the sound of the roar and sight of the tossing waves and the feel of ice pelting my face.

The sun came out for a brief moment.

I only take a few shots before my fingers are too cold to work and my ears feel like they might fall off. Still, it’s enough to use in my processing practice.

I’m still learning. But truly the lake really is this magnificent turquoise color, and the clouds really were navy.

The waves are bigger than they look.

Since this morning the snow has moved in and though the lake is still it’s beautiful greenish blue, the sky has turned an uninteresting shade of slate grey. They say it’s 9 degrees (-12.77 C) here, and that’s not accounting for the wind chill.

The wind is roaring in off the lake, the sound is deafening outside and noticeable even sitting on the sofa, the huge waves pounding the shore are mesmerizing. I’m glad I’m inside and I doubt I’ll be out again any time soon. So I’ll sit and listen to holiday music while figuring out more about Lightroom.

Standing above the lake on a dune.

I’m so glad I have such an alive subject to use in my practice!

Wind, water and snowy sand.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

10 thoughts on “Practicing on the lake

  1. Happiness is a big body of turquoise water, waves crashing on shore, from inside a warm room.


  2. Great photos, and a lovely description too. Stay warm!


  3. I need to learn more about my camera. We are not clicking…..pun intended. Who goes outdoors in 9 degrees??!!


    • I know the feeling about the disconnect with your camera!! And it’s so cold out that I only stay out for 5 or 6 minutes and can’t actually see through the viewfinder to see what I’m getting. Mostly just point, shoot, run back inside.

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  4. Such beautiful hues of blue


  5. Snowy sand, how diametrically opposed can you get! I wish I could trade places with you, but the cat wouldn’t appreciate the canine horde descending upon her peaceful home.

    In my youth, when I thought I might become an illustrious watercolorist, I’d often look at skies to figure out how I’d mix my paints. Never got it right, hence the career shift towards agriculture:)


    • No, the cat would not be excited….but we’ll be excited to see you when we return to AL! Lots of pretty stuff there too, but in a totally different way. I tried to do watercolors myself…they are HARD! And I do the same thing, study the sky and sometimes think that even if I were to capture it in a painting no one would believe how beautiful or strange or just plain awesome it really was. I told you about my mom and I and the square cloud we saw on our last boat ride together, didn’t I?


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