At 6 o’clock the summer sun filters everything around you, turning objects into versions of themselves that seem totally unreal. Trees lining the water’s edge look like watercolors and the lake has soft ripples of tiny waves and muted colors with bright diamonds dancing on the surface. It’s hard not to daydream as you wind down your day and become part of nature’s painting. The angle of the sun brings shadows that appear to marry the landscape bringing depth and meaning to the story. A simple and glorious prelude to a soft evening, as the lake prepares to sleep.
Unless you live on a lake, it’s hard to imagine the revelry of players that bring comfort to the soul.
The heron glides past you overhead to find a quiet cove, the ducks come in to play and walk along the shore, fish jump out of the water for a quick bug snack, and fisherman float by silently casting long lines of desire and hope. All this drama before you’ve had your morning coffee. The early day has it’s own splendor that one should never take for granted. I am especially fond of the graceful flight, yet homely look of the heron, as he descends into the shore where he’ll hunt his prey. He is hungry and will wait patiently, awkwardly walking the shore for as long as it takes. All these sights and sounds can be hypnotizing.
Like most people I am absent from my home during the day working and fulfilling commitments. I’m not home to see what mysteries the lake brings in the quiet activities of the warm afternoon unless it is on the weekend. Truthfully, I don’t think about it much until I return to put my day to rest. I wipe the slate clean, forgetting about things that don’t matter in the long run. Arriving home, I pour a glass of wine and settle into my comfortable chair and just stare across the pristine lake anticipating something I haven’t seen. My partner joins me as we talk about our day, half watching the lake and each other. It approaches 6 o’clock when everything transforms.
Pontoon boats gently float by, maybe hungry boaters on their way in to have dinner. Or, boats embark on a slow and deliberate sunset cruise after an early dinner. The backdrop of the trees and beaming late day sunshine bring a magic to the lake. Time seems so fluid set between late afternoon and early dusk. You can hardly notice it happening, but it’s there. And it effects your inner clock. There is a change from day to dusk. A crescendo that draws a line between day and evening. All stress is lifted. All concerns are forgotten. You’re on lake time after all. An invisible curtain is lowered to separate what might be routine, to what is exceptional . All the harsh lines are softened.
We mount the boat after dinner, with a cooler and set out to watch the sun set. We listen to music and laugh. Oh, how he makes me laugh! Hopefully, we’ll tie up with another boat or two to socialize, but we’re happy on our own too. We look at the clouds bringing red and pink spheres across the sky, knowing tomorrow will also be beautiful. Red sky at night……We know we live in paradise. There are a scattering of anchored boats around us capturing moments, taking pictures of the sunset. It is always beautiful no matter how many times you’ve seen it.
Our love for the lake goes beyond words. We enjoy every part of it, especially when the lake prepares for night. The afternoon sky and night sky come together without contempt, knowing their place, knowing their time. There is a shift to be admired as nature fulfills it’s promise. It provides a place to jump off from, a place to start, and a place to end. This body of water is now part of our DNA. We couldn’t live anywhere else. Being invited to witness her change, has changed us. We are forever grateful for being part of a place that brings us joy every day.