Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I love taking the kayak out on the lake -- especially when the lake is still and clear as glass. It's great exercise, sure, but mostly . . . I just love the view you get from a kayak. You're right there . . . on the water . . . close and part of it all.
I usually wrap my "good camera" in a beach towel and head out in search of turtles and loons and the lilies. (I would never trust my phone out in the middle of the lake.)
It's a real challenge to get a good photo of the water lilies from a drifting kayak -- even though it's not moving very fast. (There are no brakes, y'know?)
My Monet-moment . . .
This is just a plain old white water lily - and plentiful all over our lake in the shallow bits, but I think they're particularly beautiful.
I love the way the reeds reflect and refract . . . and get all squiggly-looking in the water.
Our lake is joined by a channel to another lake, and on that lake - in the far corner - there is a huge patch of lilies, including the Spatterdock (or Yellow Pond Lily). (I think Spatterdock is just more fun to say.) They're really cool -- but they only bloom early in the morning.
Erin always called them Alien Plants. She had the right idea! They're very cool -- and very unusual. It's always a treat when I'm up and out early enough to see them in bloom. They close up and shrink down into the water again at about mid-day.
Sometimes I like to just drift along in the middle of the lake. You never know who will pop up right next to you!
I usually see plenty of turtles, too, but it's just really a challenge to manage turtle photos. They move quickly when they want to. (Plus . . . moving kayak . . . and camera in a towel.)
The view from a kayak is pretty awesome . . . and a great way to adopt the pace of nature.