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Beyond Words: Spring At The Lake


“Silence was the cure, if only temporarily, silence and geography. But of what was I being cured? I do not know, have never known. I only know the cure. Silence, and no connections except to landscape.” 

-Mary Cantwell, Manhattan, When I Was Young



I wanted to wrap up this series with another trip back to the lake across the street.  Several months ago, I started this series called, Beyond Words.  I wanted to showcase different spots I find, in pictures, with as few words as possible.  I have been focusing on the lake across the street; already seen in late summer, late autumn and winter.



Now as we are full into spring here, I thought it would be interesting to see how spring unfolded in late April at the lake.  It was chilly still in April.  Some days were warm, and many nights freezing cold.  But still life moved along, and the leaves just started to show up on the trees.



So let’s see what early spring looked like, at the lake.





This is the iconic view as you pull up to the beach.  Picnic tables and grills to the left in the trees, and the playground and bathhouse to the right.  Of course the still lake in the background is always a peaceful sight…..when there are no swimmers!




beach collage

The beach wasn’t much different, just a bit greener as the grass grew quickly through the sand in spring.  Soon the machines will be there to dig up the sand, sift it and get it ready when the beach opens this weekend.  For now, geese and gulls are making the beach their home.  And watch out for those cigar-sized goose droppings.





Closer to the shore you can see all the grass and wood debris that continues to wash up on shore, all needing to be cleaned up too.




jetty collage

Looking left toward the jetty we can see it is just beginning to green up, and tall grasses will grow out into the lake soon.  Mallards are likely nesting along the shore.




woods collage

Again looking toward the little cove, we see all the tall grasses and weedy plants, along with small trees greening up too.  I love how the lake was still and calm making it a reflecting pond.





As there were no fishermen on the lake or boats yet, I turned around toward the woods that were alive with activity.




tree collage

Looking up we can see visitors stopping by.  I was unsure who this was….perhaps a sparrow.  And I was checking out the woodpecker holes to see if anyone was claiming them as a home.  And you can see the maple trees were first to leaf out.




bench collage

I decided to walk the path to the bench.  It looked a bit lonely at the edge of the grassy beach.  Lots of bright glaring sunlight around mid-morning.





I turned back around toward the right again, and saw clouds were beginning to roll in, almost giving the long view, out to the point, a foggy appearance.





As I walked away, I turned back to look through the woods where the sun was still shining….this view will remain etched on my brain.  I will not be back to the lake for the rest of spring or summer, as it will be overrun with people soon….basking in the sun and splashing in the water.





I hope you enjoyed these trips to the lake.  I am not sure what spot I will pick next to highlight, but I’ll let you know.  But for today, I am out celebrating as I turn a young 59!  With this post, I am linking in with Judith@Lavender Cottage who hosts Mosaic Monday.







Special Note:  Oneida Lake is the largest lake entirely within New York State.  It has a surface area of 79.8 square miles, and is located northeast of Syracuse and near the Great Lakes.  There are several parks, marinas and beaches along this lake that spans several counties.




I leave you with a few additional thoughts about celebrating life.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

celebrate life

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2016.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. May 26, 2016    

    Silence is not only golden, it is diamond studded.
    Thank you.

    • May 26, 2016    

      Oh yes Soosie it certainly is diamond studded and I seek it often!

  2. May 27, 2016    

    I wish you a very happy birthday!
    And enjoyed seeing your lake and neighbourhood.
    Hard to imagine that seething with crowds.

    • May 28, 2016    

      Thanks Diana…it was a great birthday! It is too bad that the crowds do mar the beauty. of the lake all summer

  3. May 28, 2016    

    Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoyed your day! Thanks for sharing the lake in the spring! I can totally understand not returning with the crowds.

    • May 28, 2016    

      Thanks Robin…I had a great day planting my veg garden.

  4. May 30, 2016    

    Hello, what a beautiful peaceful place. The lake view is lovely. Your poem is wonderful. I hope you had a very happy Birthday!

    Happy Memorial Day, enjoy your new week ahead!

    • May 30, 2016    

      Thanks Eileen…I had a great birthday in the garden!

  5. May 30, 2016    

    Great post. I love all your shots. Your very creative. At first I thought the woodpecker hole was a bird house. Very cool display.

    • May 30, 2016    

      Thanks so much Sherry, and thanks for subscribing to my garden blog, Gardens Eye View!

  6. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    May 30, 2016    

    A nice area by the water, and I’m sure it will transform into something with more green and increased activity.
    I think you had a typo earlier – you said 59….didn’t you mean 39? lol 39 is as far as I admit to!

    • May 31, 2016    

      The beach and shoreline were cleaned up last week and the swimmers returned with our heatwave. They have restricted it a bit to weekends through June and once school closes it opens up daily until mid-August….I am grateful and so are the critters.

      I rarely tell my age as most don’t believe me….next year is a big milestone birthday and I intend to celebrate!

  7. May 31, 2016    

    Nice to see you again!
    Happy birthday, Donna. I hope you had a wonderful birthday.
    Such a beautiful lake! All of your photos are lovely, and especially I like the seventh. Very charming in the serene .

    • May 31, 2016    

      So happy to see you again too! Thank you for the birthday greetings and it was a wonderful day! So glad you enjoyed our lake!

  8. June 2, 2016    

    Donna, I hope you had a wonderful birthday! Beautiful lake. I especially like the last photo as you turned back to look at the woods, and the empty chair in the park is stirring. A lovely series 🙂

    • June 2, 2016    

      Thanks so much Loredana….I may actually be able to get back there once more before the bathers, campers and boaters take over.

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