Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

A day at the lake


One early morning duck enjoys the quiet.

After two and a half days of driving Katie and I were content to spend Sunday just watching the lake. There was so much going on in our little corner of the world.

I think the birds are used to having the yard and water to themselves and they went about their busy schedules as if we weren’t watching. We stayed still up by the house and just observed.

The swallow gourds out in the water had huge spiderwebs spun the night before and filled with fishflies. A male bluebird liked to sit up on top and survey his kingdom, and a female bluebird was busy taking fresh bugs into the top left gourd.

The morning sun lit up one of the bird apartments.

When the wind picked up, huge parts of the fly filled spider web fell into the water and fish leaped out of the water to grab the gourmet treat. It was quite a spectacle and one I wish I had captured. You’ll have to imagine it.

Later large blackbirds flew at the remaining webs, grabbing some of the stuck flies for themselves, in between being bombarded by the bluebird couple who apparently thought the bigger birds were attacking their nest. No pictures of that either.

After the bird epic slowed down I decided to kayak up the creek. At the end of our slough is a cyprus forest. It was a quiet paddle, still early morning.

Paddling toward my favorite trees.

I love these trees, and this morning the light was pretty, playing across the texture of their trunks.

The sun on the trunk made pretty patterns.

The water is high here, there has been so much rain, and I could have explored further up the creek. But I thought about snakes hiding up in the trees and turned around.

Kind of spooky back there.

It was good timing anyway, as I was pulling back into our dock the sound of boat engines and people laughing slipped up over the hills. The lake was waking up. I smiled and headed back inside to my girl who was napping happily in the air conditioning.

Time for fun in the sun.

Later in the day the clouds settled in, and the wind picked up. Quickly Katie and I gathered up lawn chairs and dragged the kayak into the boat garage.

Clouding up. But still beautiful!

And then the rains hit.

Rain slams across the lake.

And just as quickly the rain blew away and the evening settled down quietly as did Katie and I.

After the rain the lake settles into evening.

Just a typical day on the lake in Alabama. Wonder what tomorrow will bring?

Summer greens.

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.

15 thoughts on “A day at the lake

  1. I love this post, Dawn. The colors reflecting off the water, the whole swallow gourd thing was wonderfully written and informative and gave me a chuckle (I’d never heard of them), the trees (and your feet, what a cute photo), the rain, the evening. I love the header photo and the deer. Have been following your blog for a few months but just this evening figured out that if I click on “Leave a comment” at the top, the blog reopens with larger photos. Hey, I can learn new tricks! 🙂 I was especially taken by the mood of peace and simply watching the world around you in this post. Thank you for sharing parts of your life. My best to Katie. 🙂

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    • Hi Ann. Thank you for following my blog! If you click on (one click) any image in the blog it will make that image larger, and will then let you click through just the images, in the larger format.

      Katie says hi back at you.

      And thanks so much for all your input into truck safety.


  2. Thank you for taking us along again Dawn- such beautiful sights!


    • It’s a very beautiful lake. I rarely get to spend this much time here in the summer so I’m soaking it all up. Well, not ALL of’s a huge lake and soaking all that up would be sort of messy. But you know what I mean.


  3. Sounds like a perfect day. Except for the snakes. Snakes don’t bother me the way they do a lot of people, but I certainly don’t want one dropping on me! (Especially the venomous kind in the South.)


    • I always keep my eyes open here, but I haven’t really seen much in the way of snakes. But I have friends around here that regularly run into the huge venomous snakes and they don’t live that far from me. Scary.


  4. The morning sun on one of the bird apartments…how pretty is that?! What a great photo. This post is my gentle nudge into morning, ’cause, you know, I still work….I gotta quit that!


    • I wish I could grant you retirement Lois. It’s a very good thing. But you’ll get there soon enough. Well. Maybe not soon ENOUGH…but in time.

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      • I am so ready, Dawn. The only scary thing; insurance. My cancer treatments are rather large and I need to know medicare is there to help. That is the one thing that lulls me into, “Just keep working. The insurance is good. “


  5. This is fantastic! It looks like a perfect day! xoxo


  6. That’s the kind of rain I like — the kind that doesn’t stick around and wear out its welcome. Here, we’ve had DAYS on end of downpours, complete with lightning and teeth-rattling thunder. Poor Dallas is worn out from barking at it all!


    • I don’t like long days and days of rain either. Seems like much of the country has had that. I’ve been lucky. We didn’t have it in Michigan before I left, and down herein the South, while east of me is getting deluged, we’re getting the typical summer isolated thunderstorms that blow through in a few minutes.


  7. Can I visit you? So serene.


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