Beautiful photos of the Lake’s neighbors. We come in many shapes, sizes, colors and have a wide variety of jobs, hobbies, interests, and concerns. Pictured here are hikers, fishermen and women, birders, boaters, surfers, actors, Coast Guard, steelworkers, vacationers, swimmers, police officers, professors and wildlife conservationists. In the faces are pride, joy, trust, self-assurance, friendliness, and amusement. I was pleasantly surprised to see my Biology professor pictured here (now retired but looking younger than ever – he is a local fixture on the shore!) as well as one of the directors of the nature preserve that is within sight of my house and where I spend much time hiking and photographing all year round.
While the focus of the book is on the people here, not the Lake itself, and what we are concerned with when it comes to our awesome body of water, not every person photographed gets to express their opinion and those who do only get two or three sentences under their pic. Each person, however, is identified by name and either where they’re from, where they were visiting when photographed and their situation (job, retired, student, etc).
In between every handful of people photos is a photo of the Lake, all relatively calm days and, due to the very short timeframe, all warm weather photos. It was a bit disappointing to me that the project didn’t extend into winter because the Lake is equally beautiful then, it’s still relevant to our lives then, and there are still surprising activities in, on, and around it then. And, even though it’s not a “Lake” book but a “people of the Lake” book, there needed to be a photo of the full moon over the Lake and images of the cars lined up on the shoreline on a beautiful summer night just to take in the breathtaking view.
(As a side note, the man who is identified as Frank Ettawageshik, “a Native American leader” who “sang me the Native American water song” is more specifically from the Waganakising Odawak tribe which is part of the Little Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. The song was likely from his people, rather than a song that all indigenous peoples sing.)
-I received a copy of this book via the LibraryThing Member Giveaway.