Somebody gave my aunt and uncle a plaque to put on the driveway side door of their their cottage that says 'Welcome to the lake', and I have to say, it's hard not to feel welcome when you are greeted by a view like this.
Although I visited this cottage for a week every summer from the ages of 7 to 14, I didn't realize until recently how lucky we are to have this particular vantage point. The lake looks so much bigger from our little curl of the shoreline than it does from other cottages.
The shoreline directly opposite us looks far enough away to create a sense of privacy, but it's close enough to get to in a beginner kayak.
And when you look up, it's all sky, and even when it is mostly sunny you will be treated to the most gorgeous panorama of clouds I have ever seen in one place. Every day it's a different collection, with different levels of cloud shifting past each other at different speeds.
I mean, look at this. You could be forgiven, I think, for thinking that this was taken from space, looking down at a mountain range. But it was taken from the dock, looking up at cloud cover.
This past weekend I watched two ragged clouds swirling toward each other, like reverse continental drift, until they met and merged. And I admired misty forms scudding past puffy clouds that sailed serenely some distance higher than them. It's art being created in real time, and it's so, so beautiful.
I know you can't see the wind, but it sure feels like it when you're at the lake.
What is your favourite place to see skies like this?