Friday, August 16, 2013

Scenes From A Forest Haven - Summer 2013

"And so, with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."      ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

We found a perfect summer retreat in a forested area along the lake (Kootenay Lake) and enjoyed some warm sunny days there last week.  I thought I'd share a few photos of this idyllic spot with you.  

















©All photos by Laura Leeder, August 2013

Even in a forest one must have flowers.......

















We've named this spot our "forest haven" as we are surrounded by tall fir and larch that sway gently in the breeze and keep us protected from the strong winds that blow in off the lake.
  
This stargazer lily really packs a punch of color and added                                                                  beauty to this forest of green.  The fragrant perfume of this                                                                         lily adds another layer to the overall experience.
Each morning we enjoyed a walk along the beach, soaking                                                                    in the sights and sounds of our surroundings.
After some light housekeeping back at camp and an hour                                                               or two of reading, followed by a nap, (for some of us that is)                                                it's back to the beach for some late afternoon sun. 
(oops someone has forgotten Kenya's hat)  
That helps, but my own fits a lot better and now I                                                         feel like I'm on beach patrol!

Fishing the lazy way....(fishing rod far left)

What a wonderful way to spend ones afternoons.  I am feeling                              refreshed and my creative juices are beginning to flow again.                                                            Maybe... just maybe...I'll start a sketch tomorrow and paint                                                             the next day...or the next day...for sure the next day!                                                             

Happy Summer Everyone!
Creatively Yours,
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC (in the heart of the Kootenays) 
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