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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

SkyWatch-ing

Sky and water -- water and sky -- on Owasso Lake. There usually are white egrets intent on fishing among the lily pads and ducks swimming in and out of the reeds anytime along this stretch of water.
The origin of the name 'Owasso' is unknown, but there's speculation. . .my favorite is (courtesy of the Minnesota DNR)

. . . there is a Ojibwe legend that tells of a chief who adopted into his tribe a fugitive Sauk brave, Bukadawin, who became the husband of the Chief's daughter, Princess Natomo. Soon after a son was born to the young couple. An Enemy, Spotted Snake, attempted to kill Bukadawin with a poison arrow. Natomo saw him draw his bow and threw herself upon her husband to save him. She was killed by the arrow. Heartbroken, Bukadawin buried her beneath a birch tree. He then named his son "Wasso" meaning, "one Bright Spot", as a symbol of the one remaining joy in his life.

A peaceful --and busy -- spot to watch the sky.

To see many other sky views, visit SkyWatch. You'll be amazed and may even want to join in the community of avid, amateur sky watchers.

83 comments:

Marianne said...

I'm also thinking about the redwing blackbirds I'd be spotting :^)

Beautiful photo!

Q said...

Beautiful lake!
I bet Dragonflies are about too!
Sherry

Manuela said...

I have always loved legends like that. Beautiful pictures. We have a beautiful provincial park that has a marsh with boardwalk. I'll definitely be visitin it soon!

Tommy V said...

great photos

ilanadavita said...

Beautiful shot.

Texas Travelers said...

Great post and terrific photos.
Really peaceful.
Thanks for the information.

Nice "Sky Watch" today.
Come visit, The Fire Storm.
Troy and Martha

NovaS said...

that was amazing.. its a huge pond...

check out mine here:
http://www.supernovachron.com/2008/08/friday-sky-watch-sunny-meadville-pa.html

Lirone said...

Yes, there's definitely something about reflections that brings out the beauty of skies

Rose said...

Love these shots...

Kelly said...

These are beautiful photos! I love the legend of Owassao lake! Very interesting and enjoyed the reflection of the sky in the water with the ducks swimming around! Beautiful post!

fishing guy said...

Noni: What a beautiful view wife the ducks casting silhouettes on the water. Have a great SWF, your special day.

Berit said...

OH so beautiful place!!

Ivar Ivrig said...

Beautiful, love the reflections

Dirk said...

Fantastic starter for this week. I love reflections of the sky in the water. Lovely!

Coca Cutie said...

Thanks for sharing these great reflection photos. You are an inspiration!

Old Wom Tigley said...

What a beautiful post this is... I love the legend.

dlyn said...

Beautiful photo - looks like a grea place to hand out.

Pinay Mommy said...

great reflections! totally awesome! i really like the reflection of the sky.

mine is up too at Afternoon Skies

happy sky watching!

Petunia said...

Very beautiful shots. I love the one with the ducks:)
Petunia

Yen said...

Such beautiful photo! Love the second one! Drop by if you got a chance, HERE.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Lovely photos and narrative, and a most beautiful Sky Watch.

freshaircabin said...

Beautiful shots you have here! Stunning shots!

imac said...

Nice and peacful,Just beautiful.

Carletta said...

That first image is gorgeous!
I liked the legend too!
Beautiful Sky Watch with an amazing reflection.

Carver said...

Nice to see more of the lake in this post as well as to learn about the Indian Legend. Your sky watch guest post was also great. I love the combination of sky, sky in water, and the tall grasses.

bobbie said...

So lovely, with the little clouds reflected as they are.

Angie said...

Your photos are absolutely beautiful.

RuneE said...

I am week for reflections, and these were good!

Mine is here.

Bradley Myers said...

Great shot, I like the reflection in the still water. I anjoyed your text also.

Pretty Life Online said...

what a great view!!! Perfect one for Skywatch! Mine's up too hope you can drop by,,,,asking for you votes too... Thanks a lot! happy weekend!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I does indeed look peaceful...and wonderful!

D Herrod said...

Great shots. The reflection in the lake is cool.

Maria said...

Very beautiful and peaceful!

Reader Wil said...

Wonderful photos and the Indian legend is beautiful!

Wren said...

Very nice. I like you're post and picture on SWF, too.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Exceptional photography.

See my SkyWatch post here > Canon Pixels

Photo Cache said...

beautiful shot. sky and water they go together magnificently.

Dina said...

The Indian photo puts us in the right mood for feeling your own shots of the mystery waters.
Love your intro at SkyWatch.

Angie said...

I'm back again to say how lovely I think your introduction to this week's SW is

Hildegarde said...

You wrote a beautiful and philosophical entry for the SkyWatch, congrats ! Very peaceful skywatch-views too, and a touching legend.

Strider said...

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. I'm not sure what I'll do. I enjoy blogging, enjoy writing, and haven't run out of things to write about! Sometimes, checking out everyone's posts and trying to support them becomes a challenge. Maybe I'll just be a lurker instead!!!!! Thanks again for stopping by.

Veery said...

Beautiful! Perfect for Skywatch Friday.

Shirley Fyfe said...

Just beautiful! I love the reflection!

Cátia said...

wonderful pictures!

Marit - "Som Mine Dager Er" said...

Beautiful SWF pictures. So nice with the ducks in it.

babooshka said...

Reflecting n your words and images always a joy

Mayet said...

that's a sad story : (
but the reflection is awesome

Donna said...

This is SO Beautiful Noni! Congratulations on being the guest writer for Skywatch!! Happy night sweetie!hughugs

CrazyCath said...

Beautiful shots especially the first, which I enjoyed at your skywatch commentary. Thanks for the intro to skywatch too.

Dulce said...

These are beautiful reflexions of the sky!
Thaks also for the information you gave.
Have a great weekend

Denise said...

I loved your photographs and I was very interested in the legend you told. So sad but beautiful at the same time. Thank you!

Sherry said...

Your photos are beautiful!

Anna said...

Beautiful lake captures. I love the mama duck and ducklings in the 2nd photo. Happy SWF!

ettey said...

great view!

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Beautiful shot. I love the way the clouds are reflected in the lake. I just love your second photo. Mama and her ducklings. How cute is that.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Noni

Wonderful landscape, a lovely pictures!

Have a nice weekend!

Santilli

Louise said...

Lovely photos. Love the water and ducks.

SandyCarlson said...

That's a delightful story that takes me well inside the rich beauty of your photos.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Enjoyed your skywatch intro and love these pics and the story you told. Very nice! :-)

Sioux said...

Oh, I love the sky in the water...especially with the ducks. Beautiful!

joys in life said...

beautiful photos! ilove the reflection of the cloudsin the water.

happy skywatching

Scotty Graham said...

Nice reflections, and well said in your skywatch intro....I will be back to visit for sure...

Cheers,

Scotty

auringonkukka said...

BEAUTIFUL =O)
have a nice weekend!

Greyscale Territory said...

This is a gorgeous posting! I loved the images and the story behind tyhem just added to the magic!

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

loved the story, went well with the photos!

TSannie said...

Your first photo is exceptional! Great SWF.

Sarah Laurence said...

What a wonderful lake to watch birds and sky. I'm new to sky watch and enjoying it.

carlamaldita said...

beautiful!

carla

Debbie said...

Beautiful photos and a nice intro for skywatch.

Sparverius said...

Pond pics are one of my favorites, especially when there is a great sky, cloud, or mountain reflection!

pts said...

excellent pictures!

PJ said...

I loved your photographs and relections on the SWF home page. Beautifully written and thought out. Thank you for taking us all a little deeper into the mystery.

Nancy said...

Perfect name for this picture. I love the sky color relfected in the water.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Very nice shots! And the duck's are really sweet:) Love them. The Indian legend is very interesting and fantastic! And your drawing is just beautiful!

Robin said...

Beautiful photos. I enjoyed the legend, too.

Daryl said...

Just beautiful .. the photo and the prose


:-Daryl

John said...

Lovely photos!

Powell River Books said...

A beautiful lake and I love the duck family. Congratulations on being highlighted on SWF. My contribution is a shot of the sun with reflections on the water. I invite you to come see. -- Margy

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

I like the little ducks in that shot... adorable.
Thanks for coming by... I really appreciate it.
Mountain Retreat

chanpheng said...

Lovely pictures.

ilanadavita said...

Beautiful.

Tina Coruth said...

Lovely photos!
Tina

Jen said...

Beautiful pictures and prose.