Finally Paddling a Little

Mike Snapping a Pic on Lake Macintosh

Mike Snapping a Pic on Lake Macintosh

It’s almost July. While i have spent some great time hiking in the mountains, I had yet to get my canoe out for a little pleasure paddling. This weekend, I finally did. My friend Mike and I headed to Macintosh Lake, here in Longmont, Colorado. We just want to get a little time on the water, and maybe get a decent picture or two. We paddled all the way around the lake, getting a little work out and just enjoying doing something different.

We were hoping to see the bald eagle that lives nearby. More than once, this beautiful bird has been in a tree, right on the water’s edge when Mike or I have walked around the lake. We didn’t have such luck on this trip, but we’ll be back to try again. Of course, we did get to see a number of other birds, including ducks, pelicans, and this heron. We tried to drift closer to get some better pictures, but he was having none of it.

Heron on Lake Macintosh

Heron on Lake Macintosh

We’d gone later in the day, in hopes of catching one of the magnificent Colorado sunsets. I always try to get to the east end of the lake as the day winds down, so that I can capture the water, the mountains, the clouds, and all of the amazing colors. It really is awesome to be on Macintosh when the sun sets, especially this time of year, as it sets directly behind Meeker and Longs Peak. While we didn’t get a “stunning” Colorado sunset, I can’t say that I have any complaints!

Sunset at Mac Lake

Sunset at Mac Lake

Sunset at Macintosh Lake

The Sun About to Set at Macintosh Lake

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