Down to the lake

Whenever I feel like getting my fill of beauty
I go down to the lake

Let's pull back from the swan and take in our surroundings
the mountains
the vineyards
the pure April sky

the fascinating reflections and ripples

Look, the train is just passing
and the water reflections have taken on a pale green hue
from the vineyards above

We follow the lake's edge to breathe it all in

We pass the port with a few sailing boats

and take in the mountains from the water's edge

another swan sails by in shallow waters

Peering through the trees to the end of the lake

A broader view before turning round to walk back again

The view changes and so do the tones and colours

going towards the sun which makes the view paler and dreamy.
It is fortunate indeed to live only 15 minutes by car away from all these lovely scenes.

The different shades and intensity of the blues are forever changing
according to the natural lighting and which way my camera is facing and to my camera settings
The variations in hues are all natural and not due to editing.
I mention this because I have been asked in the past!


  1. Lovely scenes indeed ! Gorgeous to walk with you :-)

  2. Absolutely beautiful scenes that evoke a peacefulness.
    Sigh xxx

  3. So so lovely! These photos are such a welcome sight as I'm still looking at a frozen lake haha! Thanks for sharing!
    Kate :}

  4. These images take my breath away! I'm trying not to be envious of such beauty being so close to you! I'm needing a little "water" time myself.

  5. You certainly have a spectacular lake setting relatively close at hand, Sandra! Lucky you. These views remind me of scenes in Montana, which are equally stunning. My favorite pic is the vertical w/ the branches hanging down, as it makes me think of Japanese woodblock prints. Very lovely!

  6. I really enjoy how you take us on a journey so that it feels as if we're right there with you. What a beautiful, beautiful place to have nearby.

  7. Wow - pure wonder and beauty.

  8. This is just breathtaking Sandra, and I love the simplicity of that first image and the reflection.

  9. What a beautiful place to be, Sandra!

  10. Oh my
    such beauty
    I love the water
    and miss it.
    Only woods and fields
    this ones

  11. such a lovely strand of photos
    your words share your experience beautifully
    i found myself breathing it in ~

  12. Hi Sandra, Your mountain and lake shots remind me a little of my own Lake Dillon - except we are getting another snowstorm, and it doesn't look as spring-like as your lake! (Also, there are no beautiful swans.) I like the terraced plots on the hillside and am guessing those are the vineyards. Enjoy your spring and smell some flowers for me!

  13. If this place was on my doorstep I would never leave. Simply stunning! xxx

  14. Oh those blues are so beautiful and so serene! And what spectacular views!