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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!