A Warm August Night

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UploadedOctober 7, 2013
TakenAugust 16, 2013
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D40
Exposure1/200 sec at f/8
FlashFlash, Auto-Mode, Return light not detected
Focal Length19 mm
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Here Iam once again.....
I never get tired of photographing here at the dock or down the road where the sailboats are.

At one point I thought maybe shooting Mosquito Lake was getting old but it is a beautiful gem of a park and it's all but in my own backyard.

But last August when it was so hot and dry the stench of dead fish and decay was awful.
The normal water depth off the end of the boat dock is just a little under 4 feet.

Last Aug there was no water depth to measure.
From the shore to the end of the dock was barren dry cracked lake bed.
Last summer was the only time I know of that the lake was all but closed.

The situation was was bad and everyone was very concerned if the lake would fully recover and just how long the recovery might take.

I guess it's true you never really miss something until it's gone.
I was as guilty as anyone else for taking Mosquito Lake for granted.
In all the years I'd been coming here and taking pictures and enjoying the lake it never occurred to me that a drought would strike and in just a few short months decimate this wonderous habitat.

Coming here during the peak of the drough was not only a sad experience it was down right erie.
What I noticed the most was the deafening silence.
You better believe silence does have a sound and in this case a most unpleasent and unwelcome sound.

Not only had the water birds left in search of better pickings but the song birds whos familiar tree top tunes one could always hear had left too.
The lake was always a busy place during the day with people fishing or enjoying the beach but the activity didn't end after most people had gone home.

Mother Nature's nocturnal children were direct dependents of Mosquito Lake as both a freah water and food source..
Animal tracks could always be seen in the soft muddy ground of the shoreline up and down the banks of the lake but they had disappeared too.

You could always tell where a family of raccoons had their dinner.
It was easy to spot their tiny handlike claw prints and the empty muscle shells they would crack open on the rocks.

Mosquito Lake had become a silent,erie and lonely shell of what it had always been.
It was difficult for me to see that so I stayed away from the lake most of the season.

But thankfully just as quickly as Mother Nature can destroy she can also heal.
That fall the rain came,we got our normal snowfall followed by a wet spring

By the end of April 2013 the water level was normal.
By Memorial day it was running slightly high which was just what the shoreline all around the lake needed.

Mosquito Lake and the surrounding area had made a full recovery and in the process I had learned something too.

This beautiful,tranquil little slice of heaven on earth never gets old and I never get tired of coming here!

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  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (7 Oct 2013):

    And we NEVER get tired of seeing it as you present it!!

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