Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mosaic Monday: On the Water




Boating stepped aside this summer as we traveled further afar than our own waters. "Surely," we thought, "we'll get out on the boat a few times." 

Nothing much happens if it's not planned for, so we penciled in a date. The weather cooperated beautifully and we spent two nights on the water. In the above photo, Mount Baker, in Washington State, rises tall into the clouds.


Our view from our anchorage in Princess Bay, off Portland Island. As the light faded into darkness, one single shooting star fizzled off the the bow. 


Saturday morning, after a hearty breakfast, we set out to walk around the island. Three hours and about 6.5 kilometres later we arrived back at the dock.


Recent rains have brought a little more green to our area, but there's no mistaking the coming season. 


The mere act of getting on the boat and anchoring just an hour away from home is the most relaxing thing I know. It's as if when we pull away from the dock we leave lists, lesson plans, worries, and the "shoulds" of every day life behind. 


A branch of dry Garry Oak leaves arches over the water. September skies are bluest of all the months, I believe, and that deep colour is intensified in the water.


Plenty of wild things crossed our path, on both water and land. A family of raccoons clambered over an old apple tree, a lithe river otter slipped out of sight into a pile of driftwood on the beach, gulls flapped, and cormorants spread their wings to dry on the rocks. Two white swans glided by the boat near shore, and in the deepest water black fins sliced upwards and curved quickly down.


Home again this afternoon, with sunlight sparkling on the water and mellow light filtering through trees just beginning to change colour.



A new week lies ahead, filled with meetings, students, lessons and the unknown good and not-so-good. 

Linking with Maggie who hosts Mosaic Monday, on her Normandy Life blog.

28 comments:

riitta k said...

What fantastic photos Lorrie - my soul is aching for their beauty!

Maggie said...

Such a wonderful getaway weekend, your fabulous photographs make me feel as if I'd been there myself. May the coming week bring you nothing but sunshine and blue skies!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, it all looks beautiful. I love the view of the mountain, water and the birds. A lovely outing. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Happy@Home said...

Beautiful photos you captured on your little getaway, Lorrie. I agree with you on the blue of the September skies.
So glad you penciled in that boat time. Hope your week brings many good things.

Snap said...

I think you should pencil in more boat time. What beautiful scenery! Loved the birds. Happy Monday!

Tomoko said...

Hello,Lorrie,
You have shared such beautiful and soothing places. I like the birds on the water.
Have a good new week.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

So important to pencil those things we love and want to do. Otherwise time zips by without our having done what our hearts long to experience.

Such beautiful photos of your time by the water. Hope all that loveliness filled your cup with joy-filled strength and readiness for the week and whatever it holds.

Sending wishes for a wonderful week...
Brenda
xox

Maywyn said...

Beautiful photos and descriptions. Have a Happy Week!
The dock has so much charm, a hammock floating out and above the water come to mind as a place that would be uber daydream relaxing.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Getting away for a couple of days on your boat sounds like just the right medicine to leave stress behind. Sparkling water, birds and mammals to watch add to the tranquility of your time on the boat.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Beautiful Lorrie!
Lovely snapshots of your weekend on the water...makes me want to go out on our boat too!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

2 Wild Swans? That must have been breathtaking! And Mount Baker in the background is amazing. It doesn't look real! I hope your week is a good one. Mine just got better (I am back from the dentist with a good report). Hugs, Diane

podso said...

Your autumn color is already there, and is beautiful. Lovely swan. I'm glad you have found a sweet spot of total relaxation. I would think sleeping on the boat would be very soothing too.

happywonderer.com said...

Lovely images from the water. Blessings as you start up the new school year.

Deanna Rabe said...

What beauty! You have an eye to see it and to share it with us in photos and words.

Prayers for a good school year!

Mereknits said...

It looks so beautiful where you are, so glad you enjoyed the weekend.
Meredith

Margie said...

Cue Enya!

"Sail away, sail away, sail away."

Marilyn Miller said...

How I wish I was sitting in one of those chairs by the water. What a lovely get-away. Ohhhh! And a shooting star too! What a very special treat!

Sylvia said...

Lorrie, I am glad you got out on the local water. That was a good hike. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

It looks just as relaxing as you so beautifully described :)

bj said...

Your photos are so so pretty...and yes, fall is sure ready to come in...

mamasmercantile said...

You are certainly blessed living in such a beautiful part of the world. It was wonderful to share such beautiful views along with you.

Daniela said...

Dear Lorrie,
how absolutely delightful of you to write such beautiful words on my blog, I wholeheratedly thank you for visiting !
Your images are simply terrific, thank you for sharing them with us !

Hope your week is off to a nice start, I'm sending blessings of joy on your days to come, sending my dearest hugs to you

Xx Dany

Summer said...

These photos are stunning! Happy Tuesday ♥

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kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I'm in awe of the loveliness that you share from your neck of the woods, Lorrie. Getting away on your boat with your hubby, and soaking in all that beauty, must revive your spirits. Your photos are stunning, as always.

Linda said...

Lovely scenes! Thanks for taking us on your delightful voyage.

September Violets said...

What fantastic photos of your weekend away! You're definitely in the right area for quickly getting away from it all :)
Wendy

Mary Cromer said...

Hi my friend, I have been off line for over a month and am just getting back into the slow swing of blogging again. What a wonderful surprise to see that someone is doing a Mosaic Monday. I had no idea and I am so happy. Your shares are so lovely, magical. I hope that you are doing well~

Barbara said...

Great photos as usual. I love the seats down on the water's edge.