Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Different Kind of Beauty at the Lake














 There is a lake not too far from us... it is a county park... and we sure enjoy going there. As I have said before, we live in the city, but our hearts are in the country... so getting out into country like this is nice for us.

We have so many pictures of this lake... in all kinds of moods and weather.

 There is a beauty to it in all seasons
 and weather.  The colors change, the water can be smooth, rippled or rough. The reflections can be mirror like, or not as clear or just a  shadow on the surface.













Today, we were there on a rainy, cloudy day. Things looked dull... and it wasn't very interesting and I was tempted to write the day off as not worth taking pictures.


I did notice the clouds since I love watching clouds. The clouds were quite interesting.

Then I also noticed the shadowed reflection of the dark cloud on the surface of the lake.
















 The picture above shows the road over the dam... and how dark the day was..... 

This picture shows that dark cloud on the lake again.























The shadow changed a bit as we looked at the lake from various views... but it stayed on the lake. 

Instead of being dull and boring... I saw something new and interesting.

I still prefer the lake on sunny days, like the photo below, but I do like the lake even on rainy cloudy days.























 Here is a foggy morning on the same lake. It was so quiet and peaceful. 



The picture below looked wonderful for a peaceful time of reflection looking out at the lake.





































So many differences in a lake... so much beauty. Some of it is quickly obvious and some of it only becomes visible after looking harder.  


I still prefer the beautiful blue color to the gray or dark color of the lake, but the lake is certainly beautiful. 

I am reminded that there are so many people who don't seem to be appealing at all... their demeanor and their attitude makes it easy to ignore them... to stay away.... but sometimes when we take the time to get to know them a bit, we can find a type of beauty that wasn't obvious at the beginning.

God works in such... and creates beauty as he works in a life. Maybe a life that is broken or going through hard times or walking through great darkness. None of it is too hard for God and what a blessing that He doesn't give up as easily as we do. What a blessing to see what beauty He can create from difficulties.  

Sometimes He uses us in such a work and sometimes He lets us see the results of His work. Thinking of such helps me to watch for what work God may be doing... instead of just writing a person off as "hopeless".  I have seem some people who looked utterly hopeless to me, experience God's changing work in their life... and the difference is beautiful to see. He can do that work in our lives too... if we let Him. 

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you see God's work in your life... and in the lives of those around you. 



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34 comments:

  1. The lake is my happy place. Thank you Gentle Joy :)
    Patti

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    1. Nicely put! There is something about a lake! :)

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  2. Some lovely shots...and some wisdom!

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    1. Thank you... so nice to hear your thoughts on this. :)

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  3. Wow...what a beautiful place...totally serene and peaceful. Your photos are stunning. If I lived close by, I would come here often, in fact, I may just pitch a tent and stay a while. :)

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    1. I do need to go there more often... life just gets so busy and it is in an area we don't go to that often. It is probably about 8-10 miles from home, so not far, but I know when we go, we will be there a while. :) It is a beautiful place.

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  4. Great shots. I especially like the one with the guy on the paddleboard!
    Have a great week, and thanks for linking up with us:
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    1. Thank you! I took so many pics of the guy on the paddleboard, but this is the one I liked the best. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  5. Oh, how pretty! I tell you, these pictures are just breathtaking. Great job, my friend!

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    1. Thank you... nice to hear from you. :)

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  6. Our family loves lake living, and whenever we can, we spend the whole day, enjoying the lake and the sky in all its moods.

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    1. Sounds like fun! There is something peaceful, yet also energizing, about the lake. :)

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  7. Great post! I love visiting Lake Superior - just down the road - but also the many inland lakes we have near us. I love how you brought the Lord and our attitudes toward people into this post. Amen sister!

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    1. What a great comment! I love Lake Superior too... and all of the Great Lakes... and I miss them. Maybe that's why I enjoy going to the lake here. :) I love how God helps us to see lessons in simple things. Thank you for visiting.

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  8. Oh, that would be my favorite place too. Such a gorgeous, restful scene. It's perfect.

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    1. It is appealing... and I have been wanting to go early one of these mornings when the shadows and light are just perfect for the pictures I have in mind. :)

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  9. A lovely lake in all seasons!
    Praise be to God who gives us 'beauty for ashes' Isaiah 61:3

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    1. God sure does give beauty for ashes.... in so many amazing ways. I do enjoy this lake... and others. :)

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  10. What a beautiful spot, especially the one with the bench image.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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    1. Thank you... I do enjoy the time at the lake and the inviting look of a bench facing the water. So peaceful. :)

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  11. Terrific Friday Skywatch photographs. Lovely blog too. :)

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    1. Wow! Thank you! What a fun and encouraging comment! :)

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  12. You are so fortunate to live so close to such a beautiful Lake! Your captures of the lake in the various moods is simply superb!

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    1. Thank you! What a wonderful comment! Yes, I am very blessed to have access to the lake... what a treasure it is for my family. :)

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  13. Pretty shots. It's fun to see the lake in all it's different "moods"!!

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    1. Thank you... it is fun to see the various "moods" of the lake. Maybe someday I will be there as a storm is whipping things up... that would make for some amazing photos too. :)

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    1. Thank you... I sure enjoy that lake. :)

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  15. It looks like a beautiful place to spend some time regardless of the weather

    Mollyx

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    1. It really is beautiful... at any time, although sometimes I enjoy the beauty more than other times. :)

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