May 04, 2005

Walking on water


Walking on water, originally uploaded by jo(e).


All winter, the river was frozen, with some creatures snuggled down into the mud and other creatures leaving tracks across the snowy surface, but now the ice has melted. The river water will be cold, cold enough to make every nerve ending tingle, and the breezes off the river will be tinged with that icy coolness. The water will be temptingly clear -- the thick weeds will come later -- and the cattails will be just beginning to grow. In May, the river rises up over the docks, which means the marsh will be filled with little creeks, just right for exploring by canoe. When the sun comes out, everyone in the family, young and old, will strip down to bathing suits to feel the sun on their winter white skin and to play in the chilly water.

While I am grading papers, writing an annual report, and cleaning my office, it is hard not think about camp. My parents will go up next week, but most of us will have to wait until Memorial Day Weekend. This photo is from three years ago -- two of the kids in the family, cousins of course, playing on the submerged dock. These kids are teenagers now, but they will still be excited to be at camp, to sleep in the tent with their cousins, to tell stories around the campfire, to canoe or sail, or to just hang out in the sun. And another set of younger cousins will discover the fun of dancing on a wet dock.

12 comments:

Yankee T said...

This is a great photo. It's appropriate to the post, and a WONDERFUL choice for photo month!

Friday Mom said...

Great picture. You're making long for summer fun. I think the dissertation is going to get in the way this year. But there's always next year!

Songbird said...

It's Photo Month?
Why am I always the last to know these things?
Beautiful words and image, jo(e), thanks.

Friday Mom said...

Just passing on the word that today is Songbird's birthday....

PPB said...

You can tell those kids are just the teeniest bit cold!
What a cool picture!! And I didn't know about picture month!

jo(e) said...

Is May really photo month? Or is Yankee Transplant starting rumors? Did photographers get jealous of poetry month?

I am in favor of photo month, actually. I love looking at photos. (I don't usually photoblog myself because I am anonymous -- it was hard to find a cute kid picture that did not show their faces.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONGBIRD!!!!!!

~profgrrrrl~ said...

Oh, that just looks like so much fun. :)

Scrivener said...

Great photo! And I'd never heard about photo month either, but I like the idea.

And happy birthday Songbird!

Scrivener said...

And here's a link confirming that May is, indeed, National Photo Month.

Yankee T said...

Whoops-deleted comment-I was going to say that I heard about photo month on some blog-I thought it was Scrivener's, but apparently not.

bitchphd said...

Great photo.

I totally wanna photoshop out those pillars (or whatever they're called)...

jo(e) said...

Dock posts, Dr. B, they are dock posts.