This is the picture I took that I used for the banner photo for my blog. It was taken about 7:00 a.m. on a sandy beach on the Appalachian Trail at the Nahmakanta Lake in the 100 mile wilderness in Maine. The night before we had a strong rain, lightening and thunder storm pass through. I awoke to this scene. It was beautiful. Below is part of the journal I wrote while at this site.
July 28, 2009 Just what I wanted, a sunrise over the lake. WOW! You cannot imagine how beautiful it is here. I am sitting on a log on the beach watching the sun rise over the mountain across the lake. On the opposite end of the shore in the water the suns reflection is so bright it looks like a convex shape rising in the water. It certainly is an optical illusion. In fact there are two reflections in the lake. The lake is very calm with a fine mist rising from it. The mountains also have a smoke like mist on them. I can hear water splashes from a nearby stream, birds are chirping, insects are buzzing about and water is dripping from the leaves. There is the faintest of breezes blowing. This is a place you could spend the rest of your days. At exactly 7:00 a.m. I took a 5 minute swim in the misty calm water. I just couldn’t resist. The water was a little cold but not too cold to enjoy the wet stillness. The sun is shining now and beating down. Rippling, chapping, hawk, tweet, rush, buzz, chirping, these are the sounds of the lake.