Fishing through the sunset

Fishing at sunset 2482_StaatsOn a warm summer’s afternoon we returned to one of our favorite small lakes for some fishing.  Our plan was to fish through the sunset and after dark – something I have never done before.  The winds died down throughout the evening and set up for a beautiful sunset, with the colors of the sky reflecting in the quiet of the lake’s surface.  We’d shared some dinner in the boat and the fishing had been successful.  The light in the western sky faded to black, the near-full moon was high in the sky and we were the only ones still out on the water.  We pulled out our fly fishing gear and settled in for some night-time fishing.  Our eyes adjusted to the darkness and our ears became our “eyes” as we listened for the fish to take  the poppers we laid out on the surface.  More reliable for me was feeling the fish tug on the fly line.  It was beautiful to be out in the dark; the shoreline was discernible with the moonlight, the lake’s surface was like glass, the stars came out overhead, and the night sounds surrounded us.  The experience and beauty of this summer’s evening and night on a small lake were now embedded in our memories.

4 thoughts on “Fishing through the sunset

  1. Joani August 18, 2013 / 7:56 pm

    Nice leading lines. The use of thirds well executed. Very sharp. Tone quality nice and soft giving the evening glow……

    • lindastaatsphoto August 19, 2013 / 7:26 am

      Thanks, Joani – sometimes hard to compose in a boat that’s moving, but new lenses and higher ISO’s can make the difference. Just wish I’d been able to capture the quality of the night after the sun set and we were still on the boat. It was all so very magical!

  2. Margaret August 22, 2013 / 1:11 pm

    Lovely capture of the senses – sounds, smells, the gentle movement of the boat and even a sort of taste of the water – ohh – I love summer!

    • lindastaatsphoto August 25, 2013 / 4:45 pm

      Summer is a delight (although this weekend’s heat is taxing everyone). Let’s remember all the summer senses when we get to next January!

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