Echo lake camping
Being an Ottawa wedding photographer, I must admit, it feels so good to go back to my roots in Quebec from time to time. This past weekend, I got to enjoy the calm lakes, the not so calm mockingbirds at 4am and finally setting time to read a Jodi Picoult novel. Curiously though, I didn’t see a single raccoon. Camping has always been an annual family trip. In fact, we have been coming to the same lake for 25 years. So my whole short life. Our annual Echo lake camping trip is a tradition.
When I was five years old, I remember being so scared of the tiny fishes when I played in the water. (Why would they always come so close to my toes?!) At thirteen, I jumped out on the highest rock for the first time. Where the ‘bigger and cooler kids’ would hang out. I thought jumping like them would make me cool. It didn’t. At twenty two, I remember looking at the stars laying on the beach at night asking character questions to a guy. To see if there was any potential there. Spoiler alert, we got married. So many memories I never want to forget. And I hope I get to visit this place every year until I’m at least eighty-seven.
Nature & time
When I’m on vacation or spending quality time with my family, I want to be present and not distracted. Thus why I don’t pick up my camera or my phone as much. I still wanted to document for myself this magical place that watched me grow up. Perhaps I’m romanticizing a little. This isn’t really a magic lake. Maybe it’s because I’m a quarter century old but I’m noticing more how time flies by. While nature sits back and stays the same, I’ve changed. I mean, tiny fishes don’t make me scream anymore. Progress? I think so.
Last photo taken by my husband Jordan.
This Echo lake camping trip was photographed by Jessi Lauren an Ottawa wedding Photographer. The photos were taken at Echo Lake in the Papineau-Labelle wildlife reserves.