August 18, 2015


August came with the shades of green and blue, with the quietness of Oak Lake and the simplicity of the rented cottage. Mornings that start with a glistering light over the water, early canoers, a swimming dog and a cup of dripping hot coffee in your hand. Days that are devoted to fishing and reading and evenings around the fire that celebrate the last gold and purple flecks of the sun's fading rays over the peaceful water's surface. Moments of solitude, harmony with nature and pure joy of disconnect from ticking clocks, busyness, schedules and deadlines. Countless humbling reminders of man's place in the greater scheme of things. Passages of life when one easily gets lost in the rhythm of the natural world and the slowness of time. Life doesn't pass you so quickly rather it drifts along lazily with the current. Worry thoughts do not hunt the mind because you rejoice in the honesty of a simple world and going back to yourself. Minutes and hours do not slip through your grasp rather linger like the haunting beautiful wail of the loon adding more time and present days to life. Only to help you learn once again "what is obvious to a child. That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals. That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be better." (Nicholas Sparks)
That being completely absorbed by the enjoyment of simple pleasures with loved ones is where meaning of life lies in.

I wish you beautiful and peaceful late summer days. 


  1. I so look forward to your posts, Sylvia, they are like a breath of fresh air. You described your time away at this lake just beautifully---I have felt so much the same when we are at our lakehouse and now that we have missed the first summer in 24 years, I realize I had lost a lot of the amazement of the moments you write about. I think I will have a new perspective next summer.

    Lovely, gorgeous and touching pictures. I can never say enough about them. Simply---LOVE!

    Jane x

  2. This post particularly resonates with me as my husband and I and our two dogs (one a Golden Retriever) prepare for a week at Wallowa Lake, a gorgeous body of water at the northern edge of the Wallowa Mountains in northeast Oregon. You have described beautifully why we treasure those days at the lake each year. And the dog in your photographs is magnificent! Thank you, Leslie

  3. Happy to hear you are having such a good time Sylvia! Your photo's do your words justice. Beautiful as ever! A good summer to you as well!

    Madelief x

  4. Oh how much I would enjoy a setting like this! You have captured it perfectly! Lovely, lovely photos. It really is the best part of the year for a cottage at the lake. How wonderful! Sausages look fantastic!


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