By now you’ve probably figured out that Lake Junaluska is one of my favorite places ever: you can walk, watch fireworks, enjoy the scenery, get ice cream, play tennis, ride your bike and whatever other activity you can drum up to do.
Last weekend, we took out our kayaks and canoes for an afternoon of fun on the lake. I decided to risk taking my camera to see what sorts of photos I could get. If you’ve never been canoeing, you need to know that if you sneeze wrong, you could end up in the water, so I held my Precious very close.
In any case, it’s high time I get back to sharing some photos. I’ll try to make it a weekly thing, but no promises – this teaching school AND being a graduate student thing takes up a lot of my time.
Eh, but I still need a creative outlet, right?
So, wrapped up in all the photos are my ten things of thankful this week, started by Considerer and hosted by some other very cool people.
I’m thankful for roses, especially Peace Roses. I painted an old dresser once with Peace Roses. Of course I think of International Day of Peace coming up on September 21, too.
I’m thankful for my awesome camera that allows me to hone in on such a cool part of this white rose.
I’m thankful for the lake, where I can relax on the canoe and enjoy the hot summer sun.
I’m thankful for a special feature on my camera that allows me to make HDR-looking photos. I’m going to really have to experiment with this in the near future.
I’m thankful for kick-ass yellow flowers beside the gorgeous architecture of the church.
I’m thankful for my amazing, brilliant and sweet sister-in-law who has really perfected the art of contemplation.
I’m thankful for the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains. I set my camera settings to only pick up blue hues. That was the result.
I’m thankful for this photo. I don’t know what it is or why I like it so much, but it’s one of my all-time favorites.
If the photo before this one is one of my favorites, this has to be my absolute all-time favorite. You can snap hundreds, or perhaps thousands of photos before there’s one that just sticks out.
I think this is it. Out of all the photos I’ve taken, out of all the edits and angles and different takes I’ve shot, this is one photo that I will frame (or at least I hope to!).
It makes me thankful for canoes and ducks and beautiful countrysides and lovely summer days. I’m thankful that I had the eye to capture people canoeing with the ducks in the scene just so…and it’s perfect for a Labor Day post.