Nothing makes me as reflective as being near a freshwater lake. Watching the motion of the water. Listening to the gentle lapping of waves against the shore.
“A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.” William Wordsworth
A lake has moods to match my own. The quiet stillness of an early morning as the sun rises on a mirror-like surface. Calm, relaxed, almost like it’s drawing strength to meet the day. Later, activities ruffle its surface, creating waves that make it interesting and fun. Sometimes, a sunny windy day will whip it into whitecaps. Other times, those same whitecaps signal the angry, riled tension of a storm. And the beauty of the sun setting across a lake after a storm is unparalleled.
“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye, looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” Henry David Thoreau
“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” Wallace Stevens
Whether we take a walk around it or simply sit close by, a lake helps us put things into perspective.