Winter Shoreline

Tenacity

Our shoreline has increased with the current drought visiting everyone in most of the country. The lake level is down about 13 feet from the normal depth making the shoreline very wide in places, but also opening areas that are usually not accessible. Yesterday late afternoon, Bob and I drove down to the very end of our point, south of us about 1/2 mile, then walked around to the west. This is, in normal years, under water. It opened visitas that we hadn’t seen before and uncovered the roots of this long dead sycamore tree. It had stretched itself to reach the last of the topsoil above the waterline, dug its toes in and hung on as long as it could.
Tenacious.
Determined.
Resolute.
Hmmmm – ideas to consider.
Also uncovered by the receding water are the fresh water mussel shells and the shells of little fresh water clams. In the summer time, these are often collected by our visiting family and friends while on walks by the lake. We will end up with baskets full at the end of the season which in turn, will be used to decorate the garden paths.
Another glimpse of life in the course of our seasons.
shoreline

7 thoughts on “Winter Shoreline

  1. Great photos, and so interesting to hear of your drought.
    This time last year southern England, where I live, was in drought – hose pipe bans, low reservoirs. But since then we have had the wettest year since records began, over 100 years ago!! I am just watching a film of the flash flooding of houses, farm land and destruction of crops. The jet stream which controls our weather has not followed its usual seasonal pattern.
    So it is fascinating to hear of opposite patterns, different times and seasons in other parts of the world.
    We are all too localised to see the big picture, we need to hear from each other! Keep sharing!!

    • I have seen your record flooding on the news – we have had several springs in the past few years with so much rain that brought flooding to our area – but rains always ended in July. Our lake was so high a couple of years ago, that the boat docks were tied to the big oak trees just down from our property. It is a cycle, but does seem more extreme. Thanks always for dropping by! K

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