Nothing is quite so delightful as an early morning walk in nature. Since I live in the Ozark Mountains, next to Lake Taneycomo, I am reminded every day of the wonder of life. I am literally surrounded by extraordinary beauty.
Just for fun, I took a few photos this morning to share a glimpse of Branson, MO that you might not have seen. Most folks think of this area as a destination site for live theater and country music. Those who know the area, however, are entranced by the mountains and lakes. It is a wonderland for anyone who loves the outdoors.
Below are a few photos of my walk today by the Branson Landing - alongside Lake Taneycomo.
In these photos, mist still hangs low over the lake, making the reflection of the sky even more brilliant. In one photo, mallards are charting their way through the mist. In another, a man is fishing while sipping on his coffee. The clear, cold waters supposedly provide some of the finest trout fishing available anywhere in the world. If you look carefully, you'll notice a fishing boat or two.
Water enthusiasts regularly zoom past this iconic restaurant on their ski jets or other watercraft to the envy of all who sit within its confines. On this early morning walk, only the geese and ducks entertained.
I leave you with a simple poem I wrote, prompted by today's lakeside walk.