Serenity Lake

child in hammock

“If you have time to chatter,
Read books.

If you have time to read,
Walk into mountain, desert and ocean.

If you have time to walk,
Sing songs and dance.

If you have time to dance,
Sit quietly, you happy, lucky idiot.”
Nanao Sakaki

About the photo

This photo is my response to the .

It was ever so relaxing looking back on many serene photos in my collection. I chose this child reading at Lost Lake for its universal message, peace and contentment. He’s my first grandson, now 21 years old. He still likes to go to this lake, this spot, and meditate. So do I. It’s 10 – 15 minutes from my home. I scanned the printed photo and used several adjustments in Adobe Photoshop CS4 to remove some color saturation and muddy up the shot to make it look vintage. I wanted a timeless effect.


Cougar and deer tracks Aug. 9, 2012

Cougar and deer tracks Aug. 9, 2012

Cougar and deer tracks Aug. 9, 2012 on the slope in our front yard.

I lost the first account I wrote about this photo. We are visited regularly by cougars in seasons, or should I say we live in their territories. I am convinced that, even though it is generally thought that they each maintain their own range, the big cats share their territories or are invaded from time to time by others.