Saturday, August 30, 2008

NY Clouds & Colors

Wow! What a difference in weather from SC to NY!  No humidity and very cool to us... Daytimes in the high 60's with a lake breeze, nights in the low 50's. Needless to say, come bedtime, we slept with the windows open and the comforter on :)  And, much to my delight, groups of Canada geese would fly over and land on the lake. There's nothing finer than being lulled to sleep by the sounds of geese :)

On Sunday, August 10th, I had the opportunity to do some cloud studies, in my journal, as we sat on the pontoon boat. One of our favorite things to do is watch the day go by while we lounge on the boat - even if it's docked!  My sketches sometimes suffer from the rocking of the boat but, to me, it's all part of the charm :)

There were times, our first week there, that I was wishing I had packed my turtlenecks.  We'd get wild lake winds during the day and thunderstorms every evening.

Our second week was much more temperate and no rain to speak of. One warm day, the locals were complaining about the humidity. Rob and I just smiled.  For humidity, it was really bush league!

I loved being back among the rolling hills and farmland that surround Conesus Lake.  The landscape colors were outstanding. Trees in the wetlands were already sporting red leaves and the fields of corn were a wonderful shade of yellow ochre. The August clouds and scenery colors had October written all over them.  I truly love the SC low country but, I think my heart will always belong to the rolling hills of the northeast.

                                                              
We managed to play one round of golf with our lake friends. The Island Oaks course at Lima Country Club can be challenging. Lots of hills, trees and water. I was more interested in enjoying the views. Yup, not a good day on the links for me.....  Didn't even get to see any wildlife!  Sigh....

All in all, a good visit to NY. Enjoyed Rob's side of the family and our dear friends.  Grizz and Dudley enjoyed time on the boat. I'd carry Grizz down the dock, then let her have her freedom once on the pontoon boat. Even blind, she stills loves to be on the boat.  That did our hearts good! 

2 comments:

  1. Hi Pam,
    I happened to see the links to Finger Lakes tags and have just read that series. I enjoyed reading it quite a bit. As an old Cornellian it brings back memories. Oddly enough there's a certain aspect of my current neighborhood in Philadelphia that always reminds me of Lake Cayuga: looking from one hill, across a river/lake valley, to rolling hills. Of course nothing else in Philadelphia reminds me of the Finger Lakes. But I'm always brought back when I happen upon that view. Your watercolors of the lake remind me of it as well.

    AND I like your cloud studies. That's something I keep telling myself I need to start trying. But then I look at the work of people like Constable and just forget about it. Maybe this year will be different.

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  2. Glad I could take you down memory lane, Ken!
    Ah yes, clouds. Sometimes you win and sometimes the page gets torn out of the sketch book :)

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