Summer has been good to us this year...more rain than usual and plenty of time on and in the water make the Texas heat so much more bearable. We just acquired our first kayaks about a month ago and I am borderline obsessed with paddling.
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
A kayak is quiet and unobtrusive. Birds and other wildlife are amazingly tolerant of your presence and you get a close up view of things you normally only appreciate from a distance. In a kayak you become part of the environment and you have a unique vantage point from which to view nature.
The best part? My guys enjoy paddling as well.
Yesterday we spent several hours on Caddo Lake, near the Texas/Louisiana border. It's a large, dreamy old lake surrounded by moss-filled cypress trees. The landscape is mysterious and romantic.
I fell in love with the waterlilies. They stand tall instead of floating on the water like others I've seen. Some are nearly three feet out of the water and measure about ten inches across...substantial flowers, indeed.
And (something I only know because I was able to paddle right up to a waterlily and bury my face in it) they smell delicious!
I had just enough energy left last night to sketch one from a photograph while the memory of the real thing was still fresh on my mind. I post it here for my friends from Sunday Sketches.
"Waterlily" created in Paper 53 for iPad
What about you? Are you borderline obsessed with any activities these days? You're not by chance a kayaker, are you? Do tell!