Experiencing the Repose of Nature!
by Rachelle Siegrist
“There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.” Thoreau’s words could not be more true! After an exciting, but somewhat hectic fall season, Wes and I experienced the calm he talked of, while immersing ourselves in nature this past Friday! We decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and headed over to a nearby lake with our kayaks in tow.
With expansive clear azure skies above, we climbed into our kayaks and as soon as my paddle dipped into the crystal clear icy water below, I breathed a sigh, and instantly melted! There’s something truly wonderful about being on the water, watching the sunlight dance on the surface, creating a hypnotic effect of what appears to be thousands of shimmering diamonds. The sound of the wind blowing across the lake’s surface and through trees on surrounding hillsides, as well as birdsong filled the air!
I was indeed in my happy place again, and couldn’t resist singing the line out of an old song . . . “Not a care have I, in my little boat.” Slowly making our way through thick grasses and crispy, dried weeds, we quietly sat while watching a flock of geese preen and bathe. Several ducks and coots joined the flock, all enjoying the glorious late fall weather!
Warblers nearby checked and sang occasionally, as well as wrens, titmice, juncos and goldfinches, as we slowly paddled along. Finding the perfect lunch spot, we tucked our kayaks into a thicket of grasses, and commenced eating, while watching and listening to all that nature had to offer. The peace and quiet was priceless, as the only sounds to be heard were that of birdsong, wind in the trees and the water lapping against our kayaks as it gently rocked us back and forth.
Jokingly, I felt my pulse to make sure my blood pressure had not dropped too much in my state of complete bliss, while surveying our personal outdoor restaurant, deciding there was none finer anywhere! Paddling along later, I began noticing how each time I slipped over the water plants lying on the water’s surface, the trapped air formed bubbles, which would slowly rise to the top of the water and burst, creating living, fluid, abstract works of art filled with luminescent colors!
I couldn’t get enough of this delightful show of nature, mesmerized by the brilliant ever changing bubbles! Then Wes pointed out where a Beaver had been gnawing on a young sapling recently! “How very exciting!” I said, glad to know he was still there! Later I found the perfect place to practice my “kayaking Limbo”, proving to be even more fun than doing it on roller skates!
Soon it was time to head back across the lake, and by that time the wind had shifted against us and picked up. The water became very choppy with occasional whitecaps forming, and although it created challenging paddling, it made for a fun ride! The flexibility of the kayak made it to where I could feel the movement of each and every wave against the bottom of my legs, making it feel as if I was just sitting atop the water! I didn’t realize how much I had let the waves caress and rock my kayak until returning and finding my dry storage with a fair amount of water in it!
Soon we had returned to the boat ramp, loaded the kayaks and were heading back, but after such a blissful day, I couldn’t help but wear a smile on my face the entire way home! We’re looking forward to a visit from Wes’ parents this week!
The 84th Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature opens today, November 19th and runs through January 6, 2018, The miniature exhibition is held at the beautiful Mansion At Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD. If you’re in the area, this is a wonderful opportunity to see six of our miniature paintings in person!
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