Prospect Lake – June 2015

We moved here (ten years ago now) coming from a land of lakes rivaling Minnesota. Considering Michigan is a peninsula (two, actually), water could be experienced at will. Yes, we knew we were moving to a high desert area (the idiots who sodded the yard where I now live apparently did not know that) and that water would be scarce.

A month or so after we were here, I was looking at the map of Colorado Springs . . .

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Prospect Lake Satellite

Well, shoot!

. . . that looked like a fairly substantial lake right in town. We hopped into the car (we were younger back then, and did a lot of hopping) and headed to see Prospect Lake.  Camera in hand, we climbed the small rise to the lake . . . and looked at a huge mud hole.

Apparently, the lake had been having problems losing water and it was drained to affect repairs. Forward to last week; I dropped Melisa off to her class, ran a few errands, and decided to pay it another visit.

Actually, that’s not true; we had gone back in September 2005 for the Hot Air Balloon Classic . . . I should do a post about that as the photos were e-mailed out and are not currently anywhere online.

Anyway, the lake is large enough for people to enjoy water sports . . . as they were last week.

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But what I really enjoyed photographing was Maggie, the Chocolate Labrador.

I have 85 photos of Maggie, but if I show them all, people are just going to tune out.

What I will do is show slideshow sequences and a few individual stills from each sequence. People can, as usual, click on the stills for a larger version or go to the SmugMug Gallery HERE to see each individual photo in whatever resolution one wants (up to “original”).

. . . and here’s a few stills from that slideshow:

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Here’s the second slideshow:

. . . and here’s a few stills from that slideshow:

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I spoke to the owner (whose name I now don’t remember) and he said she would do this all day if she could. He would alternate between throwing a ball and a frisbee, and she would just chase them into the water with wild abandon.

Here is the third slideshow:

. . . and here’s a few stills from that slideshow:

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Here is the fourth slideshow:

. . . and here’s a few stills from that slideshow:

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Here is the fifth slideshow:

. . . and here’s a few stills from that slideshow:

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Notice I was shooting against the sun for a lot of these . . . hence the lack of detail for the dog in some of these shots.

Here is the sixth slideshow:

. . . and here’s a few stills from that slideshow:

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Reluctantly, I continued on my short walk along the water’s edge . . . and captured a few dragonflies in flight. Or, maybe it was always the same one.

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This next shot is of a Pond Damsel, specifically, the Familiar Bluet.

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Here’s a shot with a few more.

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But, back to the dragonflies . . . including a mating pair that were flying around so fast it took me a number of tries to get something useful.

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Eventually, it was time to leave. Here’s a last slideshow of Maggie doing her thing. These were shot from a few hundred yards away.

And here’s a few of those shots:

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Oh, later that evening there was a nice sunset sky, and I took a few photos of the aspens in silhouette.

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And that was last Wednesday.

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14 Responses to Prospect Lake – June 2015

  1. oneowner says:

    I’m fortunate that I live very close to Lake Ontario even though I don’t have a boat or participate in any water sports. It’s also the main reason we have so much snow in the winter, so you have to take the bad with the good. The lake was very polluted years ago but, thanks to your tax dollars, it’s in much better shape. I always see labs chasing sticks in the water, too. They seem to be able to do it for hours without getting bored and I admit I love to watch them.

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  2. sandra getgood says:

    Love these pictures, and the shots of Maggie sending up spray and diving into the water are such fun! Great post…. very glad Prospect Lake is no longer a mud hole, which would not indicate very good prospects for anyone except perhaps a warthog. Much nicer with water!

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    • disperser says:

      Thank you, Sandra.

      I hope you went to the SmugMug gallery where all 85 photos reside and saw the higher resolution photos. I only wished the sun had been at my back, but I was still pleased with the action shots, especially the side ones with the dog behind a curtain of spray.

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  3. Eddy Winko says:

    Nothing better than a happy dog at play.

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  4. Ranger says:

    Dogs enjoying themselves have such pure joy radiating from their bodies, even when I’m in the depths of a depressive episode it makes me smile to see something like this. Thanks ejd I know where to come for some joy.

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  5. Wow! Great action shots of Maggie having fun fun FUN! :-)
    I had a lab named Pepper years ago, and he loved the water! :-) They really live up to their retriever name, too! :-)
    YAY for dragonflies! They are so beautiful and are very helicopter-like! Fun to watch! You should have warned us about the mating photos! ;-) :-D Ha! Just teasing you! :-) So, I wonder if the male dragonfly is a “two second man”. ??? ;-)
    Now, I am off to look at ALL of the photos of Maggie!
    HUGS!!! :-)

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    • disperser says:

      Those two were flying around for a long time like that. They were either stuck, or really into it.

      They also seemed to chase other dragonflies away . . . I guess they wanted their privacy.

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      • Stuck! Ha! Well…that does happen once in awhile. I get grasshoppers doing-it in my yard. Hard not to notice. :-P
        Your action shots of Maggie are so great! I went and looked at each one of them! Brought back good memories of my lab, Pepper. :-)
        Oh, I meant to tell you…your words in
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      • disperser says:

        I have a lot of words in ( )s . . . are you referencing your post, the one above, or some other post?

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  6. What a great dog. Nice shots of her all around, and you saved the best for last. Gorgeous sunset!

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