Thursday, August 27, 2009

Skywatch Friday #59 - Sunset at Banks Lake

Last Saturday, we spent the afternoon at Banks Lake near Grand Coulee, Washington. Banks Lake is ringed with basalt cliffs and is a very scenic area.

Basalt Cliffs
Karl and his friend, Sean, were kayak fishing while I had a wonderful little beach practically to myself. The dogs and I played in the warm lake water and explored the shore area.

I found sixteen golf balls which I took back to the Okanogan house for whacking around our property. Then you go hunting for them in the tall grasses. It reminds me of an Easter egg hunt.

I watched the sun set across Banks Lake. The smoke from the Oden Road fire near Okanogan had drifted that way and added to the brilliant colors in the sky.

Sunset from the Beach...
...And a Few Minutes Later
Then the mosquitoes came out and it was time to leave!

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31 comments:

foto CHIP said...

Very mighty photos - so beautiful :)

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous shots of what sounds like a great day -- until the mosquitos!
Love the colors in the last ones!

Have a great weekend, Sally!

Sylvia

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Sure looks like a lovely place to spend some quality time with yourself. LOL I love a day like that every now and then!

Cezar and Léia said...

Sunset outstanding!wowwwwwwwww
and lucky Sally , a whole beach only for you! LOL
Cool post Sally, thanks for sharing so beautiful day!
Léia

Carol said...

Great photos...Basalt cliffs are striking....and you captured the sunset beautifully...the last shot has such delicate reflections of color...

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Sally: Beautiful photos of the lake at sunset.

Abraham Lincoln said...

These are nice places to be able to play in. Nice pictures.

Eric said...

I love all the pics, but the last one is y fav. great colors and well composed!!

Have a great SWF.

GReetings from NL

James said...

Three pictures and all really great. I can't decide which one I like best.

Ebie said...

I found peace and solace in your skies...oops, I better stay away from the mosquitoes! Have a great weekend Ms Sally!

Torsdag said...

Skies will follow you where ever you are. I send a norwegian sky today.
Have a nice weekend
Hartmut

Gaelyn said...

How nice to enjoy the beach by yourself. Nice to get the colorful sunset before the mosquitos dropped by. Beautiful captures.

Michelle Johnson said...

Mosquitos have a way of dampening the spirits of the day, don't they? Your pictures are gorgeous. That first one reminds me of a strip mined hilltop from back home (Paintsville and Prestonsburg, KY). The sunset is something I wouldn't have wanted to miss. Glad you were able to have such a nice day.

J Bar said...

Fantastic shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

luvmyboys said...

I had to squint a little with the first picture. Great shot of the setting sun!

katney said...

Oh, the mosquitoes. They've been awful this year all over the state. Nice trip till the y came out, though.

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

My husband used to race the little hydros on Banks lake...I had to call him in the office to look at your pictures!

the pictures are very good!

Guy D said...

Excellent photos, the first one is definitely my favourite.

Have a great weekend
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Lew said...

Beautiful spot! I like the shot of the sun reflecting off the lake!

Carletta said...

Wow, those cliffs are impressive!
Love the two sunset shots - amazing how only a few seconds changes the entire scene.

My post is here: Carletta’s Captures.

luna miranda said...

these are breathtaking photos...the 2nd photo is my favorite. perfectly composed.

Dirk said...

Nice area, impressive cliffs and a great sunset.

Arija said...

The second one is a stunner, but the first is so well held together by the dry grasses.

SandyCarlson said...

What a splendid day. I love that sunset.

I know a golf-ball hunter--he could spend hours at it and is always thrilled with his prey.

Regina said...

Love all. Beautiful skies!

JOE TODD said...

Sometimes mosquitos and sunsets go together. Great photos

Brit Gal Sarah said...

Stunning area and lovely skies, but I hate Mossies too!

Jew Wishes said...

Each photo is beautiful...with wonderful tones and contrasts, and so serene.

Small City Scenes said...

Super area to have fun in. MB

ms toast burner said...

I've never heard of this area! I will have to check it out one day. It looks great!

Great photos, Sally!

Feckin' squeetos!

kRiZ cPEc said...

love those bright colours, thanks for sharing