winter lakes

Finally! Enough rain to flood our pastures creating what we refer to as Winter Lakes. This event is months overdue this year. It’s actually good to see some rain.sturdevant_park-1752The park where I occasionally walk Sissy turned into a pond from the river overflowing….  but the sunset was pretty! Note the road leading into the park on the right dropping into the water. Pity Sissy doesn’t like going for a swim.

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. 
I am haunted by waters. 
― Norman MacleanA River Runs Through It and Other Stories


31 thoughts on “winter lakes

    • I think I’m given a lot of help with so much water for such fun reflection shots. The memory is slipping, so perhaps I’m forgetting quotes I’ve used before… though I’m sure I’m not the only one to choose those Maclean words.


    • I agree that our area can be quite beautiful when flooded, but cleaning up the mud at this park in the aftermath can be annoying. I don’t think the flooding in the fields does much damage, it might even help. I suppose I’m grateful I don’t have to wipe down a wet dog who likes to jump in every bit of water, but convincing her to go out in the rain when she needs to can be interesting at times. 🙂


    • Last year broke records for the driest year. Normally we should have seen rains like this in October or November at the latest, so this was surely very welcome. Having more opportunities to shoot reflections didn’t hurt either. 🙂


    • Yep… our puddles go for miles once the rains come around in winter. They have been delayed by several months this year. It’s good to see them again. I hope we get the birds that usually go with them.


  1. Nice job! Lots of things to like about this photo….the road, perfectly positioned and disappearing into the water is one! I never heard the term winter lake. In this area the lower, poorly drained portions of fields often hold water from snow melt, which tends to attract waterfowl.


    • We have miles of flood plain around here. In the summer it’s used for pasture, then when the rains come and the rivers overflow it literally turns into lakes that run for miles along the road to the coast. I think winter lakes was just the logical thing to call the phenomenon. Luckily folks around here were smart enough not to build on the flood plains, so it’s not a catastrophe other than losing a cow or sheep now and then. We, too, usually get the waterfowl in these ‘lakes’ but this year they’ve been pretty scarce because of the drought. It’ll be interesting to see if they show up now that we’ve had the rain.


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