An Eye for the Birds

My daughter received a new camera for her birthday, to inspire her budding interest in photography. She immediately went out and snapped a few amazing photos. I think that she has an eye for a good image, such as this one of a thirsty bird contemplating a fountain of water. It was good enough for third place at the county fair this week!

End of Summer

Summer has to end some time. For me, it felt like it ended this past weekend with a Boy Scout camping trip on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. We also hiked 20 miles, but I’m trying to forget that part.

It was the last weekend of truly warm weather, so everybody swam and played like it was still summer.

Now we can get on with the business of fall and winter, which is all about school and indoor projects and catching up on hobbies, and dreaming of next year’s warm weather fun.

Mystery Rock

A day at the beach

Spring continues to tease us, in between days of cold and rain. We took a long walk along the lake front, taking time to play in the very spot on the beach where we will be swimming come July.

In fact, the rocks in the foreground will be completely submerged in a few months. One of our summer traditions is to swim out about 100 feet from shore and try to find the giant boulder under the water. The kids then claim it in a sort of “king of the mountain” game.

Like any mystery revealed, the boulder isn’t quite as much fun when it sits bare and exposed during the winter. But it sure looks like someone else was having fun, balancing smaller rocks into formations that appear mysterious and ancient. They’ll be gone in a few months as the water rises.

Spring Tease

It’s been awhile since I posted a Friday photo. But then I don’t get out much with my camera during the winter.

The past few weeks we’ve had more sunshine than usual for this time of year. And one day last week it just about felt like spring. So we took a leisurely walk on the lake, via the floating boardwalk.

Winter’s not over yet, but that little taste of spring has us busy making plans for the warmer months to come.

Photo Friday – The Sunset Cruise

North Idaho Sunset

We took a sunset cruise of the lake last weekend. My daughter grabbed the camera and clicked off a couple hundred photos during the course of the evening, including the above image.

She continues to impress me with her eye for a good picture. It’s hard to go wrong with a sunset on the lake, but I’ve seen enough bad photos of that sort to know that it’s not automatic.

Mostly I’m just impressed that she’s holding the camera still, keeping it level with the horizon, and not getting her fingers in the way. I know quite a few adults who still have trouble with those things.