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This is on Skaneateles Lake in the Fingerlakes Region of New York State. It is one of the clearest and cleanest lakes in the country and is the drinking water for the nearby city of Syracuse. There are many days in the hot summer months while we are sailing that we dive off the boat with our mouths open to take a cool drink. I imagine there aren't many places left that one would feel comfortable doing that anymore. That makes me feel both a little sad and very lucky.

This is our boat called "The Junior Ranger". It's an older 22 foot Catalina. You'll see The Ranger in some other images I've posted from when we lived on the next lake over, about a mile to the West, called Owasco Lake. All the finger lakes are very deep (100 - 380 feet), long (10 - 17 miles) and narrow (1 - 3 miles) due to the way they formed as glaciers melted and carved them out as the last ice age came to a close. As you can see from the POV from our bedroom window in this shot, the banks are very steap on much of the lakes. Where there are beaches, they are composed of small clean shale stones tumbled smooth by the water.

Every so often and without notice, usually for only a small moment, this area lapses into an ethereal treat either due to an unusual light, wind patterns, humidity or lack thereof, or some other natural happening. This morning was exceptionally calm and I woke up to this outside our window.

This place is very special to me, my wife, and my son.

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