Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday Stills: My Favorite Place

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was to show everyone your favorite place.  Someplace where you feel at peace and can relax.

Canadian Geese at sunset April 2010

I asked Far Guy “Where is my favorite place?”  He replied “Shell Lake.” He knows me well!


Chance and the Geese at Shell Lake May 25 May 2010

I have gone to this lake for almost sixty years.  One of my favorite Uncle’s lived high on a hill overlooking this lake.  My Grandfather built a small cabin across the road from the lake after he was widowed for the second time.  My Mother used to bring us swimming here on hot summer evenings back when no one had air conditioning.  I can still feel the coolness of the water on my skin and the sand underneath my feet.


February 2011

I like to visit in the summer evenings..there is usually a brisk breeze coming off the is even brisker in the winter when the lake is a sea of snow..except for the outlet to Shell River where the current keeps the water open.

IMG_3435 August 2009

There is always something to see…Canadian Geese and Great Blue Herons..Ducks..Swans and sometimes Loons.  I believe that the photo above is a Great Blue Heron..and beyond him is a patch of Wild Rice.

Sunset Shell Lake August 2009

This lake has beautiful sunsets

Gene and Chance at Shell Lake  June 2010

June 2010 Shell Lake with Chance and Far Guy.

Sometimes my visits are all alone, sometimes I have my two best friends along.

Growing up I always thought that this would be a wonderful lake to live on.  I have explored its shoreline..I know where all the best wildflowers are, I know when they bloom, I know what time of day to drive on over to catch the best light.  I look at the for sale signs..and dream about what it would be like to live out the rest of my days along this lake. However I am too old to move, and I have too much “stuff.”  I like my home in the woods..and as long as I can still visit my favorite place when ever the mood strikes me..I am happy!

I had a very hard time selecting photos for this challenge..I had so many to wade through:)


  1. That looks like a cool lake! My Gramma had a lake by her cabin and I loved it there.

  2. I can see why it is your favorite place. It is beautiful and very inviting. Everybody should have such a wonderful place to get away for some peaceful moments. You did an outstanding job capturing it in photos.

  3. I really loved your pictures, I could almost imagine being there beside this beautiful lake. Well done. :)

  4. It is a beautiful place and we loved your post.

    Emma Rose

  5. The memories just add to all the peaceful feelings that the lake projects. It looks like a very nice place to be. I really miss Pokegama Lake but things for us just had to change.

  6. What a wonderful and poignant post. I know exactly what you mean. I have several "favorite" places here where I live. And, even though we have some of the coldest,snowiest,most brutal winters in the whole USA, I could never leave it for long. I am lucky in that we were able to move on one of my favorite lakes when we retired and there isn't a day when I don't wake up and thank the Force for my blessings of being here.

  7. Connie, These are such pretty photos. I can't begin to choose a favorite. Such sweet memories too. I now know that I was too old to move also!!!!! We are nearly dead! I think you have the best of both worlds. Live in your beautiful home in the woods and visit the lake throughout the year. Blessings to you all this week.

  8. Wow - what lovely shots of your favourite place. It looks very peaceful.

  9. Looks very tranquil, even in the winter. Love the goose taking off pic..:-)

  10. Thank you for sharing Shell Lake with us as well as your two best buddies and your memories.

  11. Oh WOW . Looks lovely.Beautiful photos. I have a few favorite places lol they are on the pier at our marina or walking the country side around our village ! This year Papa will be referbashing our river boat so I think that will the my next best gently floating on the river taking nature photos and fishing ! Have a great day !

  12. I always love your lake photos.

  13. Lovely photos. I can see why you like it there. Really nice.


  14. It's a beautiful place, and I like all the different aspects of it in the photos.


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