There is a jewel of a lake snuggled in between Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau in Ontario's Muskoka Lakes. A few years ago, my son-in-law bought a cottage there where we often spend family time together. On Sunday morning, before all the cooking and preparation started, we decided to walk two restless Labradors.
Finding the path we normally take blocked by two small dogs and a larger female who took an instant dislike to Bliss's enthusiastic body slam greeting, we changed direction and headed along the road to inspect other views of the lake. Above, is a photo I was compelled to take, being struck by the reflection in the mirroring water, and the red Muskoka chairs on the rocks. The colour had turned overnight it seems. What had been pale and washed out the day before was beginning to glow!
This view from just in front of the cottage catches the ripples from dogs drinking and pawing the water... again the reflection in the water is, to me, beautiful. Down to the dock with my camera...
The grey skies seem to make the colours gleam even more.
A tiny island in a tiny lake - privately owned to protect it for generations of wildlife including a loon family that returns year after year.
The table centre is complete, and the table awaits place settings, family and friends and a fabulous turkey dinner complete with "all the trimmings" and a pumpkin pie for dessert. A warm and wonderful time.
We have much to be grateful for I'm thinking.
Hopefully you and yours celebrated - in some fashion - the joys of family and being together with those about whom you care.