Friday, July 09, 2010

Photohunters: Free

The photohunters theme this week is free and I felt free to do anything.
Shelley Lake Trail,NC
This is another one of those topics which has so many possibilities that it's difficult to know which one to choose.
Shelley Lake,NC
Monday was a free day from work for me since July 5 was a holiday. The U.S. Independence day fell on Sunday this year so the national holiday was Monday.
Shelley Lake Trail,NC
I took advantage of a free morning to go on a walk at Shelley Lake. All of these shots were taken on my free July 5 holiday walk.
Shelley Lake,NC,reflection
I managed to get out early enough so that I was fairly free from the extreme heat which came later in the day.
Shelley Lake Trail,NC
The lake was even free of the crowds that were out on Saturday when Bill and I took advantage of an unusually cool day to go on a walk.
Shelley Lake,NC,reflection
I guess the regular early walkers were taking advantage of a free day to sleep in so it was great to have a relatively quiet morning at the lake on Monday. I think the crowds were so bad on the trail where we walked on Saturday because everyone was free to get a later start and still have a cool breeze.
Shelley Lake Trail,NC
The heat is back with a vengeance so it's not practical for me to try to walk unless I manage to get up and out early. The mallard duck and Canada Goose below can't get free of their shadows.
Canadian Geese,Mallard Duck,NC
Photohunters post their links at the home of the hunt beginning Saturday mornings. I hope everyone is fancy free and has a great weekend.


Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour chèrie!
You got wonderful pictures around this Lake, the landscape is beautiful!
Love that first shot, perfect path for a good walking!
And all lovely ducks, they are CUTE!
Also the lake provides beautiful reflections in the water!
Happy weekend

Annie said...

I like your take on the "free" theme and the photos are wonderful. I too have been trying to walk early in the morning to beat the heat. I hope we get some rain this weekend. Have a good one!

MaR said...

A wonderful interpretation of the theme and what a beautiful place to go for a walk, fantastic setting!


LifeRamblings said...

nice collection of photos. the lake seems beautiful and serene. love the lush greenery and I'd love to walk that trail.

Caron said...

QUACK! The ducks should get royalties. :)

Anonymous said...

I must agree that having the freedom to choose just gives us more choices thus harder to pick one or two.

Love all the greenery. Makes up for the heat eh?

Squirrel said...

Wonderful free flowing post!

Anonymous said...

beautiful shots! I would love to be walking through those trees. Nice and serene and cool.

Sue said...

Beautiful shots! And a great take on the free theme :) I played too!

jmb said...

Well you did have a great walk and took many lovely photos. We have been free of heat until now but it has finally hit us but you will probably laugh since we all faded at one day of 86!

Have a great weekend Carver.

jams o donnell said...

What beautiful scenery. You are so fortunate to have that to roam in! Happy weekend

NicoleB, Egypt said...

Thanks for that 'free' virtual walk through that beautiful nature of yours.
The heat is something that keeps me from walking too.
Even if I could manage to walk with the dogs to the beach now (4am), it would still be hot when we have to walk back :(
Oh well, soon that will change, if Luck works for me & we have early mornings at the beach again.
Minus the greens though ;)
But I can always come here for that :D!

ancient one said...

oh yes, that's the way I'd like to spend a free day. Love all your photos of the lake. Perfect !!

Unknown said...

wonderful photos! gosh, what a beautiful place...the trees and water are refreshing and relaxing. a perfect destination for a holiday.

YTSL said...

Thanks for the photo-essay, Carver. That really does look like a great place to go for a walk. :)

CRIZ LAI said...

I so love the lake... feel like having some relaxing moments there... fishing.. wakaka! :P

ipanema said...

really love those lake photos especially the 2nd one! :)

julie said...

I don't know how many times I've told you that I find the areas you go to very nice. I'll say it again, I love where you live and you are indeed fortunate that you live there.

happy weekend!

Noel Morata said...


i love your interpretation of free, this is very cool having a free day to take a hike with hardly anyone present...areal freebie

Judith said...

Your pretty pictures make me homesick!

Katya said...

What a delightful set for the Free theme! Very beautiful choices, for sure!!!

Happy Weekend!

Find my entry here:

Kim, USA said...

Your photos are great. I like to go walking in those places but of course with my hubby in tow ^_^ Happy Saturday!

EG CameraGirl said...

I enjoyed your imaginative post, Carver. Quite clever!

Anonymous said...

all os the shots are very very more the first.congrats
nice weekend

Marta said...

Thanks for taking us along on your morning photo walk. It was beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I love the lake...I just picture myself out there with the camera.. Glad you have that opportunity Carver...

Chubskulit Rose said...

A free day is every one's dream once in a while.

I am late with my post, but here hoping you can still take a peek on my FREE stuff.

Ayie said...

in a place like yours, a leisurely walk can be so fun and relaxing with the views there