Skinny dipping

Nearly mid-November and a chill in the air.

Perfect weather for skinny dipping!

The moon slipped into the cool water with silver grace.

The dog looked longingly – in his familiar place – into the purple glow,

And gave into temptation —

Creating delicious ripples in the satin sheet of water.

In the last light of dusk,

A family of feathered beauties

Bathed in the purple moonlight.

For more adventurous creatures, please: Camera Critters.

80 responses

  1. what a treat! your photos are fantastic! love them all!
    that one with those beautiful ripples makes me want to jump in the water.

    thanks for the beauty you offer us, my friend!

    betty x

    November 12, 2011 at 17:08

  2. Wonderful sunset photos. Beautiful pastel tones. A lovely dog too.
    Have a nice weekend.

    November 12, 2011 at 17:09

  3. Gorgeous pictures. There’s some old song that mentions ‘purple twilight’ but I don’t think I’ve ever really seen it before . Every pic is just lovely.

    November 12, 2011 at 17:29

  4. so incredibly beautiful and peaceful!

    November 12, 2011 at 17:41

  5. What a gorgeous way to end the day — any day! Love the colors! Fun to see the dog swimming — that water has to be really cold though!! Hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend, Fiona!


    November 12, 2011 at 17:52

  6. Always gorgeous!

    November 12, 2011 at 18:12

  7. sandy

    At first I thought the moon was skinny dipping, then I saw that it was Oscar.
    What a glorious place you live!

    November 12, 2011 at 18:48

    • LOL… although the moon is skinny dipping in that first shot!

      November 12, 2011 at 19:33

  8. This is a glorious sequence. The colours are just wondrous.

    November 12, 2011 at 18:52

  9. Stunning colours and reflections. I love that last picture.

    November 12, 2011 at 19:17

  10. Breathtakingly beautiful photos! The dog is a beauty as well!

    November 12, 2011 at 19:36

  11. What gorgeous colors!!! We’ve had another snow storm so no skinny dipping here until Spring!!!

    November 12, 2011 at 20:12

  12. i like my water just a bit warmer you know…smiles…but i might have a hard time resisting those views as well…smiles. lovely pics…

    November 12, 2011 at 21:36

  13. I felt like I was there soaking in…..the shades of lilac, purple, magenta and pinky/amber. Love this!

    November 12, 2011 at 21:37

  14. You have captured all of my favourite colours here! I’m in complete awe of each capture and the exquisite beauty you’ve woven with your words! This a WoWer of a post for me! The dog reminds me of my beloved Shandi, who was a miniature Golden Retriever:-)

    ~* Absolutely B R E A T H ♥ T A K I N G beauty *~ from start to finish:-)

    November 12, 2011 at 21:44

  15. Oscar is such a lucky boy to go skinny dipping with the Moon! And you, Fi, are lucky, too, to be bathed in those Moon colors. Your lake is magic – ever-changing and always photogenic.

    November 12, 2011 at 21:49

  16. Delightful captures, LadyFi. Wishing you a great weekend

    November 12, 2011 at 21:50

  17. Beautiful scene with a wonderful tale.

    November 12, 2011 at 22:15

  18. Wonderful captures in soft pastels – The last pic is just gorgeous!

    November 12, 2011 at 22:21

  19. —Heaven must be like this Every. Single. Day.

    And of course, the dog is there, too. :)


    November 12, 2011 at 22:59

  20. imac

    I thought you had took to skinny dipping lol.
    Great and beautiful shots.

    November 12, 2011 at 23:18

  21. Glorious photos as always. Of course he gave in, who could resist?

    November 12, 2011 at 23:38

  22. You capture such beautiful and peaceful scenes with your camera.

    November 13, 2011 at 00:22

  23. This is what they say that pictures can speak more than a million words!

    November 13, 2011 at 00:35

  24. you are such a poet!

    Aloha from Honolulu

    Comfort Spiral




    November 13, 2011 at 01:14

  25. Those are amazing photos, and a lovely story. You have a beautiful environment around, very tranquil and serene. Even the dogs and birds can’t resist its temptation! Those are winning photos.

    November 13, 2011 at 01:28

  26. Fantastic series of photos. Maybe your dog’s coat is water repellant enough so that he didn’t get cold. Bless him, he just had to jump in, cold or not!

    November 13, 2011 at 02:24

  27. Jim

    You always make me feel very peaceful. Thanks.

    November 13, 2011 at 02:25

  28. The images are all serene and lovely!
    Your words adding just the right calming tone.

    November 13, 2011 at 02:42

  29. The colors are so lovely … and the moon looks magical. I just love Oscar photos!

    November 13, 2011 at 02:51

  30. I love what you do with light. Your love for the world around you is abundantly clear.

    November 13, 2011 at 03:08

  31. Gorgeous images. The colors and lighting are amazing. And of course, Oscar makes me laugh.

    November 13, 2011 at 04:04

  32. Truly magical light!! Go Oscar!

    November 13, 2011 at 04:14

  33. Nature can make miracle colors. So beautiful and impressive.:)

    November 13, 2011 at 04:22

  34. You have the most beautiful colours in your sunsets and oh how that dog loves to swim!

    November 13, 2011 at 04:43

  35. The colors in each of these photos are magnificent.

    November 13, 2011 at 04:43

  36. Amazingly beautiful shots.

    November 13, 2011 at 04:51

  37. Gorgeous. The composition, reflections, and tones in that first photo are stunning.

    November 13, 2011 at 06:19

  38. Gorgeous!

    Hippo Charm, have a blessed Sunday!

    November 13, 2011 at 06:20

  39. You live in the most photogenic of places! And Oscar is always a ready subject. Lovely as always!!

    November 13, 2011 at 06:36

  40. Visual poetry.

    November 13, 2011 at 08:05

  41. Lovely photos again Fi. Your dawn ot evening pics look great – Dave

    November 13, 2011 at 08:32

  42. Amy

    That puppy of yours is going to be so sad when the lake freezes over!!! I think about that every time I see him swimming….glad he can still enjoy it for now though! The shots are fabulous- LOVE the purplish color!!!

    November 13, 2011 at 11:29

  43. The tones are amazing! Did you use a tripod? Although the one where the dog is on the bridge doesn’t show any motion, it means it either was a very patient and still dog or a fast shutter speed.
    Was the dog not cold after the swim?

    November 13, 2011 at 12:30

    • No, I didn’t use a tripod, but a fairly slow shutter speed.

      Oscar has lots of fur so he doesn’t feel cold after swimming – even in the snow!

      November 13, 2011 at 14:08

  44. Oscar is the star!

    November 13, 2011 at 13:22

  45. Nature puts on a delightful show for you, and you capture it so well for the rest of us to delight. I love the first picture with moon nestled in the tree limbs, dappled reflection in the water. You’ve a gift.

    November 13, 2011 at 14:14

  46. I think you’re the number one in terms of the poetic photography of the world created by the last light of the sun. Wondrously and mystically beautiful world of purple!

    November 13, 2011 at 15:21

  47. well I must admit, I was surprised that the doggie when swimming! he does love that water no matter the temperature! beautiful photos Fiona. happy day to you..

    November 13, 2011 at 18:13

  48. Delicious four, but the latter is something unbelievable, really beautiful, color, motion, light, … everything is perfect and wonderful.

    November 13, 2011 at 18:32

  49. stunners all!

    November 13, 2011 at 18:35

  50. Oh skinny dipping not me ^_^ Great shots thanks for the visit!

    November 13, 2011 at 20:00

  51. Pat

    Lovely series!

    November 13, 2011 at 21:07

  52. I love your purple moonlight~

    November 13, 2011 at 21:52

  53. Oscar is such a gorgeous dog. I’d love to hug him—before he goes skinny-dipping!
    Wondrously beautiful photos, Fi.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

    November 13, 2011 at 22:08

  54. Maggie May

    I bet the dog goes in that lake in all weathers. Looked so tranquil till he jumped in!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

    November 13, 2011 at 23:18

  55. Wow! your shots are fabulous! And you it seems you live in a wonderful place!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Have a nice and happy week****

    November 14, 2011 at 00:26

  56. Jeanie

    Another beautiful collection of pictures and words…..and Oscar as the crowning touch.

    November 14, 2011 at 02:26

  57. Just beautiful! It does look like a great place to go skinny dipping.

    November 14, 2011 at 04:20

  58. as always beautiful words and photos my friend

    November 14, 2011 at 04:47

  59. Your photos are always gorgeous. Great title, too!

    November 14, 2011 at 04:47

  60. Beautifully done. The colours and stillness of the water are marvellous. So inviting for me as I sit in today’s Australian heat.

    November 14, 2011 at 07:15

  61. Can’t decide which I like best, your words or your photos–both are stunning and inspiring. Always a “treat” to come to your blog. Mickei:)

    November 14, 2011 at 08:02

  62. Can’t decide which I like best, your words or your photos–both are stunning and inspiring. Always a “treat” to come to your blog. Mickie:)

    November 14, 2011 at 08:03

  63. Wonderful series, stunning colors
    beautiful moment and time of the day you captured, love this kind of photos, thank you for sharing.

    November 14, 2011 at 09:32

  64. Thank you for taking me into a world so pure and beautiful…

    November 14, 2011 at 10:43

  65. I could feel the ripples here in London.
    They touched my heart.:)

    November 14, 2011 at 10:49

  66. gorgeous colors!

    November 14, 2011 at 11:46

  67. Stunning

    November 14, 2011 at 17:48

  68. Such gorgeous colouring!

    November 14, 2011 at 18:06

  69. “Bathed in the purple moonlight.”

    Beautiful! But I imagine that the water there is as cold as the water here… Brrrrrrr!

    November 14, 2011 at 23:32

  70. Stunning series of shots. Your dog is so photogenic.

    November 15, 2011 at 00:12

  71. ds

    Love love your purple sunsets! The dog looks to be having a grand old time.

    November 15, 2011 at 00:35

  72. Oscars last swim for the winter? We have ice forming here. Oh I bet it was cold..but dogs enjoy it anyway! Way to go Oscar..seize the moment!!:)

    November 15, 2011 at 03:06

  73. My favorite is the one of the dog on the dock. I would sure love to be there with him or her.

    November 15, 2011 at 09:02

  74. I bet this is the first November in a long time that it was “warm” enough for this!!! Enjoy!

    November 15, 2011 at 21:49

  75. Those are some stunning shots of an incredible sky. I saw the same moon, it was magnificent.;) Got to admire the resilience of a dog;))

    November 17, 2011 at 11:25

  76. Love the second Photo,,, Amazing Picture

    November 18, 2011 at 15:42

  77. The crisp colors and calm atmosphere do look inviting.

    November 18, 2011 at 23:56

  78. amazing color tones…. wonderfully composed… Rishi

    November 19, 2011 at 03:00

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