Tranquility – tran·quil·li·ty or tran·quil·i·ty (tr ng-kw l -t , tr n-). n. The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.
That is the best way to describe my evening paddle on Meech Lake, found in the Chelsea sector of Gatineau Park, 20 minutes from Ottawa. With life at an all time hectic pace, I head out with black skies threatening above and the absolute need for tranquility. What transpired was a beautiful night on the water. In a word – peaceful. I glided across the lake effortlessly as I watched families play in the water and canoeists manoeuvre along the shore.
I paddled around the island as I do every time I paddle here. Given this was my first kayak on Meech Lake this year, I was a little confused when it appeared the marsh has taken over, encroaching on my passage around the back side. I am still not clear as to whether or not I got myself mixed up, lost in my thoughts and not paying attention, or if the beaver dam blocking the route was the explanation. Regardless, it was such a beautiful scene, I just sat in my boat, admiring the view. It was tranquil – splashing of children at a nearby beach was replaced by the call of the loon. The eerie call of a pair of loons echoed across the lake, breaking the silence that had fallen over me. Such a Canadian experience – I am so lucky to have this in my own back yard. Shorty thereafter, a symphony was played out by what I would imagine were the bull frogs serenading their partners. I was mesmerized in the moment and regretted not bringing my dSLR which normally comes with me everywhere. All I can share with you today are the photos taken from my cell phone – this series captures the tranquility on Meech Lake.