Not too long ago, my friend and I were hiking along the shore of yet another pristine northern lake laden down with all of our painting gear. Paints, palette, brushes, easels, lunches and snacks and water add up to quite a weight in my backpack. Always the optimist, I trudge along, hoping that the view that I am looking for is nearer rather than farther!
This particular afternoon, it was hot. Very hot. And I was wishing that we hadn't begun this expedition. I was ready to drop my pack at the first fairly level spot and set up. We were on a small cliff which was about 25 feet off the water. I dropped my pack, but then my curiosity took me a little further to see what was beyond the shrubbery at the edge of the side of the cliff. Carefully, I parted the bushes. The scene in front and below me was a small beach framed by cliffs on either side. and evoked freedom, adventure, oneness with nature, peace, and relaxation. Brilliant colour was juxtaposed with cool shade. I didn't see any signs of the owners but this scene was enough to inspire me. I have not had the thrill of kayaking yet but these kayaks looked so splendid and colourful sitting there resting on the beach. , I have tried to capture the awesomeness of the panorama that lay before me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did