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© JamesHarmon McQuilkin
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UploadedAugust 12, 2014
TakenMarch 14, 2014
MakeSony
ModelDSC-R1
Exposure1/200 sec at f/9
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length21.8 mm
ISO200
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I was up on retreat last October, and had an opportunity to wander down by the lake. An amazing, out-of-the-way place up in Hawthorne, FL. I noticed on the drive into the camp that there were a handful of families living off the main road, and many off them lived right on the lake. The ramp reminded me of when I was younger, and growing up near a lake similar to this-where we used to swim often. I actually lived right next to a pond, and spend so much time boating and observing (sometimes catching) wild creatures. My friends and I spent so much time in and around water. In northwest NJ we had 7 lakes, several ponds and swamps, and the Rockaway River in which to choose. I had really taken for granted all that was available to us as it pertained to natural surroundings. (Forests, caves, farms, and of course water.) I go on retreats to get some of that serenity back, and having water available is a big plus. It becomes more of a place of healing.

54 responses

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (12 Aug 2014):

    Our swimming hole was called Big Flat. When I think back it was quite magical. You rode a bike as far as you could on a dirt road,hoofed the rest of the way through the woods, parted the branches on the trees and there it was. Storybook . I would love to go back someday and see if there is any magic left. Would be nice to get a dose.

    Neat photo and narrative. Enjoyed!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (12 Aug 2014):

    Sensitive and touching narrative, brings back memories, as well. Great image. ty!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (12 Aug 2014):

    Cool shot! Looks like a great place to be.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (12 Aug 2014):

    A beautiful image.. full of serenity, and a wonderful narrative. My backyard pond is my retreat and I spend many hours meandering around it with my Dixie girl. It is indeed a place of healing.. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Scott Emery

    Scott Emery gave props (12 Aug 2014):

    Evocative and a nice capture of the blue tones.

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (12 Aug 2014):

    Peaceful image and great narrative to go with it ..... I grew up on 160 acres with a river running through it...that river was my refuge... it's true that water is healing... Very cool capture, James....

  • Robert Grenader

    Robert Grenader (Deleted) gave props (12 Aug 2014):

    Very cool, very restful

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (12 Aug 2014):

    Wonderful shot and excellent narrative. Water is a great healing device. Not a lot of lakes out here, but rivers and streams are available everywhere. Time spent along or in them have been some of the happiest moments in my life, still are for that matter.

  • Daniel Zuercher

    Daniel Zuercher gave props (12 Aug 2014):

    Great picture, great story

  • Patrick Marella

    Patrick Marella gave props (13 Aug 2014):

    Wonderful capture...=)

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (13 Aug 2014):

    lovely

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (13 Aug 2014):

    Simple is beautiful!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (13 Aug 2014):

    GREAT FIND & GREAT CAPTURE

  • tania medina

    tania medina gave props (13 Aug 2014):

    Great composition. Good photo!

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner said (13 Aug 2014):

    Great photo and wonderful narrative
    You're absolutely right about the healing power of water.
    I've spent many peaceful,content and serene evenings enjoying our pond.
    I recently learned that per acre N.J. has more wilderness and forested areas than any other state in American......Amazing !!!
    Very nice work James !!

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (13 Aug 2014):

    Beautiful thoughts and image. The blue water is brilliant.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (14 Aug 2014):

    i love the serenity you've captured.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (14 Aug 2014):

    A beautiful healing and peaceful image James. Plus you have some pretty awesome childhood memories my friend!

  • Kathryn Meyer

    Kathryn Meyer gave props (14 Aug 2014):

    I spent a lot of time in/on the water as a child, including several years on a brackish-water river estuary. I used to pole around on an old raft pretending I was Huckleberry Finn. Thanks for the memories!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (14 Aug 2014):

    great tones, light & compo!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (15 Aug 2014):

    Lovely image...Beautiful capture and the narrative is very well written also.

  • Peter Hall

    Peter Hall (Deleted) gave props (16 Aug 2014):

    Really restful image James, I love being by water but never learned to swim, so missed out a little as regards water adventures. Still got into plenty of scrapes on dry land so maybe best I keep clear of water.

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (19 Aug 2014):

    Agree that my fondest childhood memories are around water.

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (19 Aug 2014):

    outstanding image !

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (21 Aug 2014):

    Glad you have a special place to reboot the energy cells. And this place sure would do it. Very peaceful.
    Our waterhole was The Railway Bridge or Whirlpool Corner.

  • Lisa Donneson

    Lisa Donneson gave props (22 Aug 2014):

    very inviting

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (23 Aug 2014):

    Metaphysical allusion.

  • Bennie Beretta

    Bennie Beretta gave props (24 Aug 2014):

    Lovely shot.

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (25 Aug 2014):

    cool shot.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (27 Aug 2014):

    Ponds are such fun when you are kids, we had one near us that had a floating platform that we would swim to and jump off the platform. Those were the days, no worries about anything, just being a kids. This photo made me look twice, it looks so much like a lake in a state park that is fairly close to where we live, although you would not dare to jump in, there are plenty of alligators in that water !!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (2 Sep 2014):

    Back to vote!!!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (2 Sep 2014):

    You are absolutely right! Water bodies have healing powers. Very nice shot! My vote!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (3 Sep 2014):

    SURE MY VOTE

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (3 Sep 2014):

    BTV!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (3 Sep 2014):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (3 Sep 2014):

    Rockin' JPG's Great Escape!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (3 Sep 2014):

    voted

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (4 Sep 2014):

    Got my vote.

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (5 Sep 2014):

    BTV yeah, of course!

  • Леонид Гришин

    Леонид Гришин gave props (5 Sep 2014):

    Место для рыбалки

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (5 Sep 2014):

    BTV!!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (5 Sep 2014):

    Serene and peaceful - voted!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (6 Sep 2014):

    SHOT is nice!!! vote

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (6 Sep 2014):

    RAD!

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (6 Sep 2014):

    Voted.

  • Robert Levesque

    Robert Levesque gave props (11 Sep 2014):

    Voted ! Filing like I should be a frog !

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers gave props (12 Sep 2014):

    Great for the theme! GMV

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (14 Sep 2014):

    So very inviting!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (14 Sep 2014):

    back to vote!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (18 Sep 2014):

    COOL! My vote!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (18 Sep 2014):

    Got my vote!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz (Deleted) gave props (22 Sep 2014):

    Serene! Voted!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (28 Sep 2014):

    This is so lovely, James!! :)))

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