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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

To "The Park" ~ Lake McDonald

Oh how Brian and I love going to "The Park!" 

We are fortunate to have Glacier Park so close, and  in about three hours driving time, {not counting stopping for picture taking!} ... we are there!  
"Let's stop here" is what Brian hears me say as we come upon more open water of the Flathead River.  Just so happens there was a little side road, and so just like that {almost} we drove down to the river, to enjoy that fabulous, glossy-gorgeous water and beautiful colored rocks.
In the Park, our actual destination:  Lake McDonald.  But first, McDonald Creek!
72 degrees.  Bright sunshine.  Hot Rocks. Cool Water.
After all these years growing up going to "the Park" I still am fascinated by those colorful rocks underneath that reflective, clear water.
 You can't really see them, they're just dark little shadows in the water, but we sat awhile on the boulders of this creek, in the shade of the cedar trees, and watched fish in the pretty green pool - likely brook, brown or rainbow trout.

And the view as McDonald Creek heads into Lake McDonald. Oh sweet, sweeeeet summer afternoon, how I love thee!
It's fire season for Montana.  So the skies are a little smokey, but it didn't spoil our day one little bit!  What a spectacular summer day!!
And perfect for some cooling off, and I also had fun throwing rocks in the water!  How long has it been since I've done that....
"Come on in, {Brian} the water's fine!"

Next time we will stay overnight, pack a picnic lunch and lounge on the rocky beach, in the shade on some comfy chairs, as some families were loving to do.  Loved hearing the happy voices of the children playing in the lake!

Such a sparkling summer day {have I said that too much ya think?!}  Perfect temps.  Barely reached 82 degrees that afternoon. Heavenly, breath-takingly clear refreshing water.  Ahhh... sweet enjoyment  and refreshment... cool water, mountain air and fresh pine with the one you love. 

So thankful~what are you dipping your toes into? 
Leslie
EnJOY

14 comments:

elle said...

The water shots are fabulous, especially the second and fourth. wow Cool shades. lol I meant your glasses but yes, the stones and water also. I'm dipping my toes into the flowerbeds. But I'm also dipping into the idea chest. Stand by!

Teresa in Music City said...

What clear water! Is it rare to see such unspoiled beauty anymore and I drank in the sight of your treasure! The pictures took me there with you - thanks!!!

Lynn said...

What a beautiful place - thanks for sharing the photos. Need to put that on my list of places to visit.

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Yes Elle -- you're only seeing 'a few' of my water shots!!! LOL. I call my sunglasses - the "alien wear" as my eyes heal! Too funny!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

I'm so glad Teresa. Drink in. Deeply!

HollyM said...

Oh, it truly looks like an enchanting place. Whenever I am I love to be near water. The pond and the lake look so beautiful! What a special day. And yes, pack up your gear and go spend the night. Take your watercolor pencils. It will be so worth it.

Margaret Applin said...

Wow! Thank you for sharing!!! The view through your lens is breathtaking!!!

Ольга Т. said...

Чудесно! Какие краски и цвета!!!! Очень красивые места.

Marsha said...

We went to Glacier Park last summer on our vacation. Absolutely gorgeous! You are definitely blessed to be so close. Today, I will be dipping my toes in the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Channel Islands Harbor, California before returning home to hot (and smoky) Menifee (106 degrees - yuck).

Roxane Lessa said...

OMG so beautiful! That water is so clear! Thanks for sharing!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Thank you!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Margi! Thank you for taking a few minutes to 'take in the view!' I so hope you are doing well, enjoying your new space, and more.

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Thanks Holly~! WE WILL!!!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

It is a little 'slice of heaven' if you ask me Roxane! Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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