|This evening we ate an early dinner and loaded the boat up for a spin around Stockade Lake. If you've read this blog much you know that Stockade is right up on the top of the list of our favorite lakes. Onyx hasn't been on the boat much this year so she went along this evening as well. When we are fishing it is too 'cluttered' to bring her along. And we typically fish when the weather is warmer and with her black coat she gets hot quickly. She loves it when we do these evening rides and she gets to accompany us.
I wore my hat as it was still bright and sunny and even a bit warm, but wound up taking it off within the first few minutes. I moaned and whined all the way about how few clouds there were and prayed that a small storm would start brewing so that our normal evening thunderclouds would move in. The first 30 minutes we were out there were only a few clouds above, but within an hour my prayers were answered! The sky began filling slowly with clouds and the most beautiful colors you've ever seen! The water was like glass, and except for one lone float-tuber at one end of the lake, we had it all too ourselves. It was magnificent!
On one side of the lake the moon arose, glistening over the trees and shoreline. The sky stayed a lovely shade of blue with light white clouds and an occasional peek of the sun. Across the lake it was aflame with bright orange, and in spots made it appear that there was a large fire. The reflections on the water were beautiful. An osprey flew over head occasionally and appeared to be diving for supper. It was too dark to get a good photo of his, or her, fishing efforts but I did take a shot sitting up in the tree. There were an abundance of ducks and we were sad that we forgot to bring them a snack. Ah well, next time. The peace and serenity we experienced as we motored quietly along were hard to describe. All I can tell you is that we arrived home feeling refreshed and yet exhilarated by the beauty we experienced. I took 290 pictures while we were there, and no, I won't post them all. But I do hope you enjoy the one's I am sharing with you and that somehow, you too, will see a part of our wonderful ride....