Lake O' The Pines

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Watercolor sketch at Lake O' the Pines, 1989.
Watercolor sketch at Lake O' the Pines, 1989. | Source

Lake O’ the Pines


Lake O’ the Pines is a reservoir on Big Cypress Bayou, also known as Big Cypress Creek, chiefly in Marion County, Texas, USA.




This was a destination George and I sought out on many weekends for tenting, boating, tubing, fishing, relaxing, listening to music, painting, writing, reading, exploring, -- I even took my sewing machine one time and made things.

The sunsets were magical, the colors peeking through the trees, the aromas of campfires and sounds of people settling in for the evening. Mornings with coffee made on the campfire - ah!

We took our two cats one weekend, which ended in panic during a thunderstorm, so we got an RV and started camping in it. It was still fun, but never as much fun as those rugged tentings.

I present this in memory of my beloved George. . .

loon summer track 1-lake of the pines


Taffeta rustle of the waves

Upon the bow,

The now

Upon my cheek,

Willow-whispering,

Delivering

Messages of love.


With this,

The day

Begins.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Watercolor - at Lake O' the Pines, 1989.
Watercolor - at Lake O' the Pines, 1989. | Source


Glorious sunrise

Quickly bleaching

Golden clouds to white,

Polishing the silver

Of the water's waves

And peaking just above

Clumps of trees

Bursting from these

Morning moods

Into the glory

Of the day.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Watercolor & charcoal: Little Cliffs
Watercolor & charcoal: Little Cliffs | Source


Little tropic isle

Upon my lake,

You promise

All of my

Tomorrows,

Invite

My Yesterdays

To come alive again

And make

My Now

Serene.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Watercolor & charcoal pencil: The Beach
Watercolor & charcoal pencil: The Beach | Source


Twisted roots,

And knarled

Around the shoreline;

Reminders of

The tenuous fiber

Of the gentle willow tree.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


loon summer track 2- Loon Lullabye


The day begins this time

With murmuring cottonwoods and willows

Reflected on the silver-spangled surface

On the lake.

The whippoorwills have hushed

Their conversation now,

Replaced

By mourning doves and ducks;

The secrets of the night

Replaced

By bright, clear light.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Shoreline silhouette

Against the sunset,

Black-laced woods beautify

Water-merged with sky

Unicolored mist,

The waves and clouds

Merged in more than unity.

Alas - I know of this

- 'Tis I.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Lake Dusk and Dawn - watercolor
Lake Dusk and Dawn - watercolor | Source


Sunset -

Black, aqua, purple, gold.

Bold -


Sprigs of fantasy tease a breeze

Waves of tint shimmer languidly

Upon restless water

To identify

With gold-tip'd clouds

In shades of mauvy sky,

Settling down

Color clings tenaciously to fading surfaces

Instantaneously changing

Yet still the same -

Rearranging -


Eternity lingers suspended in the now.


Though now the sunset

Must taper off

And drain from sky

To let

The night begin.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



The sound of dawn this morn

Drowns out

The muted sight of it.

Muffling clouds

Allow the pink and gold

To filter through

So slightly

That fullest dawn with you

Becomes the sweeter dream,

While distantly

Its closeness

Haunts this softened dawn.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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torrilynn 3 years ago

Nellie,

thanks for the beautiful poem

it really did take me on a journey

Voted up


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Up+, dear Nellieanna! Y out are an artist in every sense of the word! Beautiful words, paintings and video! Thank you so much for sharing this!


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Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

I work for a school district here and Spring Break starts tomorrow. I hunger for what you so elequently painted here. I desire to take my wife and family somewhere and enjoy life for a spell. I had to smile time and again at the sounds you made me hear; the loon's haunting song, the whippoorwill's call, the mourning dove's soft coos at dawn. What beauty you have set forth for my mind. Thank you.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

This reminds me of the movie "On Golden Pond." Beautiful my friend, the artwork and the poetry. How very peaceful.


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KT Banks 3 years ago from Texas

Oh my Goodness! My husband and I got engaged at Lake O' the Pines, in 1986. This is so beautiful, and really brings back memories. It's really wonderful to know that you also spent so much wonderful time there. I always think of it as a magical place.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

What a loving write in memory of your beloved George. Thank you for taking us along to the beautiful and serene Lake O' the Pines. Your poetry is beyond beautiful. Love the art and video. All stunning.

Thank you for sharing your memories with us . . . they are so very lovely, just as you are indeed!

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Hugs and love, Faith Reaper


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

Your poetry with the sounds of the loons playing in the background make one feel as if they are there in your paintings. Your words soften the world around one's own distress and restless feelings. : ) Voted it up, awesome and beautiful! Very excellently done!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Torri Lynn, thank your for the lovely comment. That it took you on a journey delights my heart! It IS a journey . . . We all have such journeys within us, don't we? Thank you for the vote, too.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Randi - Thank you. I have art in my soul, though landscapes aren't my best suit. But I've good memories of painting nature and views. Those times at Lake 'o the Pines are so magical in my memory, that surely a lot of magic went into them. :-)

Aren't those videos just amazing? Both are transporting; similar in their 'painting' of the lake scenes but each different, sort of like they're from different times of the day. I'm very pleased you like it all. I've truly enjoyed doing it.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mr. Archer - I hope you and your best friend-(lovely wife) and the family take off for somewhere lovely and peaceful and enjoy life while Spring Break is in progress - - or any weekend when you don't have to be at the school.

You might take along some George Strait music and a player of some sort & let it resound through the trees or grasses. Ah-h-h! We always took some favorite music to Lake o' The Pines. Those sounds are etched into these memories along with the whippoorwills and sounds of the water splashing against the shoreline - and the crackling of the campfire. These are the kinds of getaways that are priceless beyond words, yet are available for the price of entry into a state or national park ground. I still get goosebumps thinking about it.

Thank you for your perceptive response to my presentation After I published it, I was playing the videos while I got ready for bed! Somebody was helping me when I found those to include! :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Billy - - ah - yes - - That movie was like this somehow. Thanks for the pleasant reminder. It's a film I don't have in my DVD collection. Ought to get it. Some of the scenes in "The Notebook" on the pond featured in it also remind me a bit of these memories. I do have it and may watch it this evening! Thank you for your welcome visit and valuable comments!!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

KT - OH my!! That is such a wondrous coincidence!! We might even have been there at the same time, because we were going frequently in 1986. Those were just lovely times. I need to get out some of my photos from those visits!

It truly is a magical place! You and I probably have things we could chat about for hours! Thank you for the lovely comments! I'm eager to read more of your work!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Faith - thank you, dear sweet friend. There are so many lovely memories in my day of my precious George. Just a bit ago I glanced at the clock and it was 11:11 AM. Noticing when it was 11:11 was our 'magic message' that everything was good. It only happens twice a day - 2 minutes out of every 24 hours, that there are 4 identical numerals lined up! It has to be accidentally noticed, though. Can't sit and wait for it to roll around. hehe. So every time I accidentally notice it, I feel that my George is sending me a message & I smile.

I did a fun little hub about 11:11 (It's Eleven-Eleven) - and it mentions some magic lake moments we shared, too. Those memories lace throughout my poetry, in fact. We loved visiting several lakes and each seems to have its own ambience in my memory trove! I've mentioned that I'm a landlubber and am intimidated by large oceans, but I adore lakes and rivers. :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Gwen -thank you, darling friend. I'm beyond pleased that you came by and listened to the videos while reading the hub. I feel as if I'm there in the paintings, too, when I recall, read and listen. That first video is so in sync with the poem below it, starting: "Taffeta rustle of the waves. . . ." It sounds just the way it was - and would be anytime one is there. There is such beauty all around us to enjoy. Thank you, thank you for enjoying my presentation! Hugs.


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sligobay 3 years ago from east of the equator

Wonderful sights, sounds and sentiments truly honor George and your memories of times together.

"That fullest dawn with you Becomes the sweeter dream,..." Hugs, Gerry


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Isaac White 3 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

intersting. thanks for all of the information. I might just stop by. :)

I. White


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Gerry, dear friend! It's been too long and I'm delighted to be seeing you now! Yes, these are among the sights, sounds and sentiments that do honor George! He's so present in my every day and night and the memories are truly uplifting - they help to keep me positive about life.

That final poem was written for him,. You pinpointed the lines that say it intimately. Thank you, dear Gerry.

I hope things are going your way. Happy St. Patricks Day coming up! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Isaac - thank YOU for the response. If you get a chance to stop by Lake o' The Pines - do it, by all means! :-)


Rayne123 3 years ago

Wow you write beautiful words. I really wish I can come up with beautiful words.

Your poems are outstanding and your pictures are amazing

have a good day

Laurie


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Laurie, thank you so much. You write lovely comments, too. I'm thinking you do write beautiful words!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

I can't make up my mind, Nellieanna, which are more beautiful - your lovely water color paintings or your exceptional poetic word-pictures that accompany them. Wait a minute, I don't have to choose. I can love them both. And I do!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Dr. BJ - aw. No wonder I love you! Thank you for saying such wonderful things about my efforts! Hugs.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

So the Lake O The Pines comes alive via your art and is planted in our hearts. Thank you


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Enjoyed the peaceful journey very much. You are such a talented artist Nell. Just love those watercolors. Hugs and passing this on.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Rasma, dear friend, It IS a peaceful place and journey. I can recall that even the 265-mile trip from our home in Dallas, over there to the Lake O' the Pines was a pleasant journey, with the highway surrounded by pine trees and rolling hills. The sense of anticipation of being at the lake seemed to increase with every mile! Thank you for the compliments to my art! I must admit that I'm partial to watercolors. Hiugs.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

So beautifully done my friend. ..."the glory Of the day" as well as the season is captured here in your thoughtful and endearing words. Along with the beautiful poems is your tribute to special times shared with George, what could be more beautiful than that? "The secret of the night replaced..." The secret of all our nights replaced with the glory of day.

Voted up and awesome.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Mary - how good to see you! Thank you for visiting my hub and leaving such a lovely comment. It shows that you fully understand my intentions in writing it and your keying in to those specific words is very gratifying. Thank you for your votes, as well! Hugs.


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

I love those poems, but the illustrations are just gorgeous. Beautiful, but not so much fun without your mate.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Blossom. Thank you! I've visited your hubsite and know that you have an exquisite eye for beauty and all of the wonders of our beautiful earth. No, it would not be so much fun without my George. It was 'our' place. I wouldn't attempt it now, in fact, except in memory, in which I can have him present.


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UndercoverAgent19 3 years ago

Beautiful poem! The sparse language paired with the gorgeous pictures creates the perfect image. It's not overwhelming to the reader at all. It's simply wonderful.


Rayne123 3 years ago

Yes she does write beautifully, that is for sure.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

First, Undercover Agent, let me welcome you aboard in Hubpages! And then, tell you how much I appreciate your lovely compliments and acceptance of my hub! I hope to hear more of and from you! I peeked at your hub site and see that it's a place I'll want to visit!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Rayne, Laurie - thank you, dear new friend, both for revisiting this hub and for such gratifying words! Hugs.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Every single time i am honored to read your words - i am once again struck by your sheer...brilliance! OMG - you simply amaze me - AND inspire me!

You are lucky to have such beautiful memories of camping with your beloved George..(a sewing maching - REALLY? LOL...)

up and sharing on, sweet friend!..


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Leslie, dear gal. You do me much honor! Thank you. Coming from YOU, it's especially honoring.

Yes, I am lucky to have such sweet memories of things we did and the love we shared. I look at his pictures and feel elated by his radiance.

Yes - really - a sewing machine. haha. I was working on quilt blocks at the time, as I recall.

I used a Singer Featherweight Portable almost exclusively for years. Still have it, in fact. Now it's considered 'vintage'. It really is one of the best sewing machines ever made. A 1950 model my folks got for me after I literally made all my clothes for school by hand one year. haha. I took the blasted thing on my first honeymoon because I hadn't finished one silk dress for my trousseau; - it's still not finished, in fact & that was 1954. It was never missed. Anyway, I never got the sewing machine out on that honeymoon. haha! But do you suppose that was a factor in the bad marriage? - maybe so. He was so resentful & bitter about my sewing interest that he forbade our daunter to sew later on. But it was one of the things that kept me sane during that dreadful 18 years when I wasn't supposed to have anything of my own. Too bad. I did . . . that and many other creative interests.

One of the loveliest things between George & me was that we each had special interests and full mutual respect & encouragement for each other's. They just seemed to coincide beautifully. :-)


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

That fullest dawn with you

Becomes the sweeter dream,

While distantly

Its closeness

Haunts this softened dawn.

Such gentle sweet memories to prick the heart and lay a teardrop therein.

The words you weave, your artwork and yes your love for George... all exquisite


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Rosemary - thank you, my dear. They are gentle sweet memories, for sure. That is one of my own favorite poems. Hugs.


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Monis Mas 3 years ago

Wonderful work, Nellieanna! This sure seems like a magical place - a place, where you always want to come back to...


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

OH, yes, Monis - it always beckoned us back - again and again. It's even a delight to revisit in memory and so vivid! Sharing it with all of my precious Hub friends is a delight, as well. I'm pleased you enjoyed it! Hugs.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Absolutely awesome! Most beautiful poems and paintings!

Aauw, Nellieanna, spending a weekend, oh, a mere day and night, in nature is one of the most delighting things-to-do on my agenda. Just breathing and be, absorbing the sounds and whatever my eyes see, feel like being in heaven. What could be more like heaven?

What a beautiful video - loon summer track 2- Loon Lullabye. The flute and harp sync perfectly with nature... :)

How would I love to spend a weekend with you in nature, Nellieanna :)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dear Cyber Daughter! I'm so happy that you visited here. Yes - being in nature is so rejuvenating. We camped less when we began going to the ranch - but that in itself is a wondrous experience, with it's own sounds, fragrances, sights and sense of being close to what is real. Nowhere else can one see the individual stars in the Milky Way.

But George and I clomped around many lovely outdoors places for 10 or so years prior to that. I have so many wonderful memories of these treks in my memory trove. We always had music along. We did outrageous things. ah - fun.

He had a property near a lake not too far from Dallas - actually in northeast Texas, as opposed to southwest where the ranch is. We named the place "Calico". There were wild blueberries and blackberries growing everywhere. Blooming dogwood trees - so lovely. The soil there is sandy loam. One's feet just sort of relish walking around. There was a white armadillo we saw occasionally. Not their normal color. We had tenting experiences of all sorts, including rain coming in through the seams. It got cold and we pretended an incense was keeping us warm. haha. He loved to fish and this was the just feet away from the hottest bass lake in Texas (in which we skinny-dipped!) We were sure we saw where a space ship had landed! Seriously - a circular destruction of the vegetation.

It was our dream place where we planned to build a getaway place till the ranch came into my possession. We just sold Calico the year he died. We hadn't been there in years. Time is such a tough taskmaster. One must do what one wants to do NOW.

That video is lovely - the Loon Lullabye. But don't slight the other one toward the top. It is so in sync with the poem about the taffeta sound of the waves. I had to include both of them. Actually this nature music series has more selections. But these two are my favorites.

So many audios about nature are nice but have less musical value than these do. The instruments, as you say - fit nature but lift the senses with it.

Who knows, m'dear? We might spend a weekend some time enjoying nature and away from the maddening crowd. (hehe - I look around at the non-crowd here! haha) I could love it! We wouldn't run out of things to discuss - or just to enjoy silently together.

Thank you - it was a special treat to have you here.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

The loon summer on the lake…the exquisite music and watercolors know without speaking, and combine with your perfect words that are the whispers in the willows of the soul. Such beautiful artistry is born of brilliance and love that give glowing affirmation to the miracle of humanity. Simply amazing, dear Nellieanna! :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dear Genna - your comment is like a poem or a song. Thank you. You absolutely 'get' the message here.

I've intended to write about Lake o' the Pines for awhile. I used one of the watercolors as an illustration on another hub and someone suggested I needed to write more about the place. So it's been in my mind. The time just was right; - especially after I ran across other sketches from there in my painting portfolio. When I found that incredible sound-effects music, I was blown away! It just all fell into place.

Hugs!


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epigramman 3 years ago

Good afternoon my first lady of the Hubs with a nice cuppa of lemon honey ginseng tea and Little Miss Tiffy by my side and some awesome cool jazz with Scott Hamilton on tenor sax and Bucky Pizzaelli on guitar.

It's currently lake erie time 4:57pm and your lovely and heartfelt hub presentation caught my eye with 'lake' in the title and of course 'memories of love' in your beautiful heart.

I live, as you know , 100 feet or so , from my lake and it looks like an ocean as far as the naked eye can see. We even have the Loch Ness monster in it, lol.

I adore your poetic sentiments as always and once again my mum would have loved these words - well she does, through the eyes of her son.

The cats have been outside quite a bit today on their deck sensing the prelude to spring here today, let's hope.

Sending you warm wishes and good thoughts from Colin and his cat crew ......


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

aw-w-w- Colin - what a beautiful comment. I know you've your special BIG lake nearby and it's fascinating. My parents were close to the Great Lakes and Mother worked summers at a resort on Lake Michigan when she was in college, in the late 19teens. She graduated from the Univ. of Chicago & Chicago Art Institute in 1917. Even though I lived 'up north' for many years, I didn't visit the Lakes though. What a pity. My only venture into Canada was from New Hampshire into Montreal. No lake.

I may have to write about Lake Amistad near my hometown of Del Rio. It is like a small sea, too. It's an international border between the US and Mexico, like Lake Erie is between Canada and the US. It's a most amazing body of water which didn't exist when I was growing up. It's man-made.

I'm much more in tune with lakes - any size - than with actual oceans, though Amistad is not only large but VERY deep in many places, being covering many deep canyons and rivers which I remember & love from my youth. Some of the canyon walls under the water were like cathedral sculptures. It's sort of amazing to know the "before and after" of a major lake.

Its colors are incredible with turquoise blue water and white cliffs of the visible protruding tops of those canyons in amazing contrast! Other visual delights are present. The dam is the actual International bridge.

I'm sipping a lovely glass of White Zin (I know - it's not very sophisticated but I like it) I also love any tea with honey, ginger or other wonderful herbs. I may brew up a cup in a minute. I felt like a glass of wine in preparation for my light supper of my "hot salad" soup. We had a freeze during the past two nights but are on our way to more seasonable weather and - hopefully - much needed rain. But soup is so nice in our cold snap. I'm in Dallas, you know - about 500 miles from Del Rio. Texas is like that - as is Canada, no doubt!

Thank you for always giving the loveliest comments. I just love 'em. Love your cats too - still miss mine. Hugs.


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

The beautiful calm of it all. Your journey with your lover and best friend not only paints us a tale of serenity but it also slows us down to feel each color you paint so vividly with us. Describing the wonder of nights and early dawns, sharing with the one who holds you so dear. I felt so relaxed listening to Loon Summer and drifting off into peaceful rememberd thoughts of so long ago. Thank you my dear poet for sharing from your memories and your heart. Hugs


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dear Vincent - ah, yes. Those were idyllic days when there were few other weighty matters pressing us. During our lengthy courtship, we'd started camping at various lakes and scenic parks where we amassed a treasure-trove of memories and then we fell in love with Lake O' The Pines.

I can almost feel the air of it on my cheek, just remembering at this moment. The scent of the pines and the water, even the smell and the feel under one's feet of the earth which was so soft from years of accmmulated pine needles and cones giving back to the source - ah. Add the smell of campfires morning coffee and evening hamburgers grilling - AH!

George always fished and released, so the smell of fish was subdued.

The way the sunlight filtered through the ceiling of tall trees, both pines and deciduous varieties, and made an arch over the narrow park roads. . . um um. Such delightful memories.


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

The wonderful art work surrounds your lovely memories complimenting each other with grace and charm.A beauty that disarms the world from all its harm.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Dream On! -Oh yes, - that's just the special ambience of the place: - it disarms all the world's care that would impose themselves. And it still surrounds those memories we shared there together. We both loved it

Thank you for a lovely comment and visit!


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Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

Such a beautiful hub! Your artwork is stunning, giving us a chance to visualize the beauty of that place. Many thanks for sharing with us that incredible journey, Nellienna.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Elias, and greetings from Texas. Since I hadn't 'met' you before, I popped over to your hub site so I'd know who you are. I was enchanted by the titles of your hubs and am eager to visit and read some of them! You ARE a traveler! So many places I'd love to visit. As it is, I've only visited England and a day trip across the Channel to France. I've been over into Mexico and Canada and that's about it for my world travel.

I'm so pleased that you enjoyed my hub about Lake O' the Pines. Thank you!


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Nellieanna,

you write from heart, that's why you make the readers feel what you have felt.

Your word pictures are beautiful, and your imagery is fresh giving vitality to the very essence of love and longing.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

What a lovely comment, Vinaya! I do write from the heart; you're so right! In this case, the paintings happen to be mine, too. I loved those times spent there with my beloved.

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