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Waters Edge at Occoquan Reservoir

The Kruschkas live in Lake Ridge, a 38,000 person subdivision in Northern Virginia's Prince William County about 40 minutes south of Washington, DC. Lake Ridge is sited on 4,400 acres of which 1,200 acres are heavily wooded common ground.

Our subdivision and county are separated from Fairfax County to our north by the 2,100 acre Occoquan Reservoir which is the source of much of the water supply for both counties.

Fortunately for us Prince William County decided to build a park and marina on our side of the reservoir. It has a 9-hole Par3 golf course, pro shop. miniature golf, playground, rental tents, trails, summer day camps, First Tee golf courses and the marina where you can launch your own boat or rent one of the several types provided by the park authority.

Arthur and I spend a lot of time at the park and marina enjoying the natural beauty of it and, of course, giving our camera a workout.

We took the above photo about three years ago. Our photography skills are well below average, but I doubt seriously if a professional could have staged it any better.
WHAT STORIES DO I "READ"?
  • The most obvious is that the little girl is having fun slapping the water with a stick and watching the ripples disperse
  • She may not realize it yet, but she is studying the principle of cause and effect - every time she slaps the water with her stick it produces the same effect
  • Her parents chose wisely when they selected a pet for her. The affection between a gentle dog and child will instill a long lasting love of animals.
  • She is also fortunate to have a mother who spends the time to let her enjoy the wonders of nature and not leave her parked in front of a television set
  • I see a family full of love as well. Mother, child and dog all seem relaxed together. If I waited five minutes the only thing that might have changed in the photo was the size of the ripples on the water.
  • The family is standing on the boat launch ramp which is as popular with children as it is with boaters. It is the only spot at the marina where children can play at water's edge. Ducks and geese are always floating about 20 feet offshore waiting for children to throw out bread. Parents have to be careful because many times the geese are as large or larger than the children and are much too aggressive
  • The floating dock serves more than boaters. It is a great spot to watch a father or grandfather teach a young child to fish - they are not always boys, either
TO CONCLUDE

The Occoquan Reservoir serves the citizens of Lake Ridge and Prince William County in two ways
  • Provides fresh water to sustain life
  • Provides recreational opportunities to enjoy life


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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Karen - That photo almost resembles one that could have been taken of my youngest daughter, and my granddaughter with their dog, also a Golden Lab.  My granddaughter was certain when she put the stick in the water and it rippled that magic was going on:-)

May 11, 2011 12:33 AM #17
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Myrl  Glad it brought back memories

May 11, 2011 12:34 AM #18
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Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
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One thousand words for the image and 300 for the story makes this an interesting picture story. It brings back memories of my days living in the DC area.

May 11, 2011 12:41 AM #19
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Emily Thank you - I'm glad you enjoyed it

May 11, 2011 12:43 AM #20
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Karen- this photo's story to me is how badly that pup probably wants to jump in that water and splash around!

May 11, 2011 01:43 AM #21
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Marie  That is a good one - thank you  :)

May 11, 2011 01:45 AM #22
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Great story along with a great photo. Good luck with your great entry to the contest!

May 11, 2011 03:54 AM #23
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Karen, what a lovely story this photo depicts....enjoyed the read and a great entry!

May 11, 2011 08:53 AM #24
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Dick and Dixie  That's three greats in one comment - hope it works  :)

May 11, 2011 09:56 AM #25
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Rebecca I'm glad you enjoyed it - thanks for the wishes

May 11, 2011 09:57 AM #26
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Hi Karen...Thank you for a look at your "backyard" and thank you for the thoughts that picture evoked in you.

Kate

May 11, 2011 04:35 PM #27
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That photo is precious!  And what are you talking about Karen?  Your photography skills are great!  

May 11, 2011 05:38 PM #28
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Karen--What a wonderful picture---an even before you wrote out your explanation of what you see in the picture, I could see so many of the same things.  Lots of love shines through in this one!

May 11, 2011 05:46 PM #29
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Kate  Believe me, we see many similar scenes at the reservoir

May 12, 2011 03:00 AM #30
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Naoma  Thank you - we do try our best, but photography is not a hobby in the strict sense - we enjoy taking pictures

May 12, 2011 03:02 AM #31
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Pat  I guess it's a "Mommy" thing for many of us and family remembrances for others

May 12, 2011 03:04 AM #32
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Karen, you are so inspirational and this is a beautiful example of your wonderful posts.  I have missed you!   Thanks for checking in with me when I have been in a drop out mode.  You are a fine professional woman with a warm heart.

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Barbara  That is very generous of you and I am g,ad to see you are OK

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You really brought out the many stories behind one photo...ones I didn't think about until you mentioned them.  A wonderful entry!

May 15, 2011 07:44 AM #35
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Sally  Thank you for the compliment - it is genuinely appreciated

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