“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” -John Lubbock
Growing up in Minnesota, land of over 10,000 lakes, water has always been a part of my life. For me, the restorative power of water symbolizes many things. Water means life, beauty, peace, tranquility, adventure and nature.
In all my forty years, I have only lived away from a body of water for nine months, the time I lived abroad in France. Other than that, water has been the blood of my soul and has always been the place where I go to reflect, relax, rejoice and embrace life.
I am so incredibly fortunate to have “my lovely lake” so near my house. I run year round, sun, rain or snow. It is a place of great beauty where I’ve seen bald eagles, golden eagles, a lone loon, great blue herons, red foxes, and even a wild turkey, all while being within the confines of a fabulous urban city.
Here are some of my favorite pictures of the liquid that fills my soul and reminds me every day that beauty still exists spring, summer, fall or winter…
“I have been overcome by the beauty and richness of our life together, those early mornings setting out, those evenings gleaming with rivers and lakes below us, still holding the last light”. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“He gave us the lakes for our Northern boundary, and the rivers stretching to the seas upon whose waters floats our commerce to the nations of the world; while man has done all that can be done by science to bind us together”. – John Brough
“I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets”. –Hamlin Garland
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