Canoing in the morning

I am not sure what it is about mornings that make me jump-up the way I do. Perhaps it is the energy I accumulate while sleeping, or the lack of doing things while sleeping ... I'm generally always doing something.

So when all my friends are still drooling in their sleep, I grab my nap-sack, camera bag, usually a bottle of water or some juice and I go for a walk or if I am in Muskoka (cottage country), where there is mostly only private property - I go canoeing. Nobody owns the lakes so, I can go wherever in the canoe. In the morning the lake is always quiet and peaceful. It is a heavy contrast to the afternoon time when the lake is full of people water-skiing, fishing, racing their speed-boats and so on.

Mornings are quite magical for me on the lake. I always go for the canoe too because I can move through water quietly, with very little noise or disturbance. The shots posted here are from a few weeks ago (beginning of August, 2011) and I just wanted to shoot some waterlilies.

I love waterlilies because to begin with they are white with a little yellow in the middle. And I love white ... and yellow - it is a great combination, in my opinion! But there is also something beautiful about them floating on top of the water. Their roots seem to be dancing. They're gorgeous flowers! I remember I took one with me several years back ... I soon became sad about me killing it, so I have never ripped-out a waterlily ever since. I would rather have them where they like to be and take the canoe to where they are and admire them.

For me canoeing on a lake is the definition of peace. It is simply the best way to experience nature from lakes. One can move silently, interfering very little with the surroundings and in a canoe one can almost go anywhere. With no propeller, one does not have to worry about depth much (well, pointy rocks are not great even for a canoe but it is not the end of the world if one gets in the way) and thus, a canoe will go places a regular boat cannot even dream of reaching.

I go canoeing as much as I can. It is a way of meditating for me. I often sit and write too while in the canoe. Perhaps I will search for a journal entry written while canoeing. Wish you enjoy my photos - cheers!

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lifeisabeach 5 years ago

Great photos! A nice way to start the day.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hello Mr Happy, your hub and photos have made me happy!

What a wonderful, peaceful scene, it sounds lovely, I love the water lillies, canoeing in the early morning must be just beautiful.

Thank you for sharing


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Cheers, Mr. Happy!

The lake is magnificent! The mornings are, too. You are a morning person, an early bird, that is all. Count your blessings.

I am quite the opposite and I am robbed of these opportunities. Waking up is always a nightmare and I have not seen such beauty in a long, long time.

I love water lilies, too, but I just love water. So blue.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello Lifeisabeach - I agree, canoeing is a fabulous way to start-off the day! Cheers!

Mr./Mrs. Moviemaster, I am thoroughly happy that you enjoyed my photos. Your comment is my reward for taking them and I thank you for that!

Greetings Kallini, indeed I am a morning person. I need action in the morning so I can feel that I'm alive I guess. And yes, the water is pretty blue and I just found out from your last article that you like blue. I am happy I got some blue photos for you. All the very best and thank you so much for dropping by!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

Very peaceful hub and I love the photographs. Sai Baba often used the lily as a symbol to teach that though we may start in the mud we can rise up and blossom like the lily on the surface of the water. Thank you.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

That's a wonderful comment Mr. Spirit Whisperer. Thank you!


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lelanew55 5 years ago

Nice pictures. The water lilies are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you Lelanew55 - Your comment makes Mr. Happy happy. Cheers!

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