Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Living on the lake – summer storm


Once upon a time (this afternoon) Katie and I were sitting on the back porch just watching the lake. Not reading a book, not napping, not looking at a phone or a computer screen.

Just watching the lake

It was a beautiful sunny day when suddenly…

A cool thing about being on a lake is that it’s always changing. From moment to moment the light changes, the wind ruffles the surface, a fish jumps, a bird swoops, clouds gather, thunder threatens.

Wait a minute. Thunder threatens? Why yes, almost every afternoon in this magical place a thunderstorm pops up.

…it turned into a dark and stormy afternoon!

Today we heard it way off to the north, but getting closer. And across the way dark clouds gathering high above a house.

I left Katie on the porch and went down to the lake to get a better look. She was not happy to see me approaching danger. But she stayed up on the porch and worried.

I’ll wait up here mama, but I don’t like it.

It got darker and darker. The wind picked up from the northwest.

It’s blowing hard up here!

Waves developed and Katie just couldn’t stay on the porch any longer. She rushed down to the shore to bark at the bad waves! She was so fast that I couldn’t get a clear shot of her.

Stand back mama! I’ll get these waves out of here!

She ran out onto the dock to bark even harder at those waves posing a threat to her mama.

These waves haven’t heard the last from me!

And the winds slowed, and the waves leveled out and Katie was a happy girl.

Mission accomplished mama!

And then the rains came and we ran for the house. We watched the storm blow from the comfort of our living room and picture window. Katie continued to bark at all the thunder overhead.

I guess that storm wasn’t quite over, was it mama?!

And soon the storm blew away, and the sky began to lighten.

Just a summer shower now.

And the sun came out and made the world bright again.

Dripping sunlight.

And Katie said…

You can count on me!

… “I told you I’d handle it mama.”

The end.

Wednesday’s storm.

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.

30 thoughts on “Living on the lake – summer storm

  1. What an adventure and action shot, to boot! Katie, you are such a brave little princess. And I do like you in the photo with the pink background. That is definitely your color.


  2. I love your photos and your story – and aren’t you just blessed to have Katie around to take care of you?


  3. Your Katie is very clever, isn’t it. I think being close to and landscape is fun, because it changes all the time, just like you describe your lake. Often it doesn’t happen this fast, though. Quite a storm, in and out!


    • Yes, I like to get out and see what’s different. I took a walk today just with my phone camera along a road where I didn’t expect to see anything particularly interesting and ended up with quite a few pictures.

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  4. Shelties are so protective! Happy to see you caught some great photos for this slice-of-life story, Dawn, and neither you nor the Princess is worse for the storm!


  5. She’s so industrious! I love it!


  6. Exciting story with happy ending — just what we like!


  7. Katie is such a fun spirited dog. Love the pics.


  8. Beautiful photos and writing. I especially love the photo of Katie against the red wall. Wonderful shot. And good for Katie for chasing all those big bad waves away. Good dog!


  9. In the last photo Katie looks pleased with herself – though a little damp.


  10. Amazing how the sky darkened like that. What great shots you got Dawn. What a beautiful view too- I could see just sitting and looking out at it… how calming and peaceful.


  11. I love watching summer storms blow through…and look forward to some really spectacular ones when we travel back to Florida for our vacation…

    You are so very fortunate to have such a great protector! Good Job Katie…


  12. The chair, the dog and the garage door… Really nice composition!


  13. What a wonderful story with wonderful images to go with it. 🙂

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