Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

Of Cattails, Tree Stumps, and Canada Geese

The week before the Easter weekend was chilly but sunny. Early in the morning we traveled 10 km south of Fauquier, drove past a pond that was still frozen. We briefly stopped to capture a few of the cattails which after a long winter were getting ready to spread their fluffy seed heads. When we arrived at the lake, a number of beautifully sculpted tree stumps attracted our attention. When the lake level is low, they make their appearance. More than fifty years ago all trees at the lakeshore had been cut down to prepare for the building of the Keenleyside Dam near Castlegar. You may also like the arrival of more Canada geese.

23 Replies to “Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes”

    1. Indeed, it is a very scenic location. But with all the restrictions we cannot travel. My wife and I miss the annual trip to the West Coast and the Pacific Ocean.

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  1. In Wales, there is an ancient, sunken forest of tree stumps that reveals itself on rare occasions after storms. Scientists think it existed 6000 years ago and began to die out 4500 years ago when water levels rose.

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  2. I especially like the third photo. I see a person curled up on that rocky beach, with his head resting inside the stump. It looks as though he’s reaching out with his hand to steady himself, and keep himself from rolling into the lake!

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  3. I always enjoy old driftwood and stumps along shorelines. The reservoir I visit, Quabbin, was originally four towns that were disenfranchised with all homes removed or torn down, and when it was created a lot of trees were excavated and many of the stumps still sit by water’s edge. I posted images of one here.

    I don’t know if I would have seen it on my own, but having read Linda’s comment I definitely see the guy with his head hidden in the stimp.

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  4. This is similar to some places in central Texas where you can still see the stumps of large bald cypress trees that got cut down in preparation for building six dams to control the Colorado River in the 1930s. Some or even much of the cutting down seems to have been an unnecessary precaution. That may have been the same in your case, too.

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