Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

Sculptures of a Bygone Era

The readers who have been following me for some time will know from my posts that the Arrow Lakes are actually the mighty Columbia River that was dammed into a giant reservoir in the late 1960s. To make room for the project, many orchards and farms were destroyed. Entire forests were cut down. People lost their homes and had to move to higher grounds. Many left the area and never returned. As a result of this upheaval, tree stumps were submerged and only surface when the lake level is down in the dry summer months. I consider these leftovers as an opportunity to capture their stark beauty. Yesterday we took the canoe for a short trip north of the Needles Ferry landing where I found these beauties on the beach. My wife’s hat added that little bit of extra that the photographer in me is always in search of. Enjoy.

15 thoughts on “Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

  1. During times of drought, it’s common for fishermen around here (and other boaters, too) to head out to survey the snags and obstructions that aren’t visible when water levels are higher. Most of the ones in our bays aren’t so aesthetically pleasing as yours — but of course you have those mountains and that glorious water to serve as background for yours.

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  2. Your Arrow Lakes are a lot like the Quabbin Reservoir although the rivers dammed to create the reservoir were not nearly as large as the Columbia River and actually fairly small. But the story is the same. Land taken, homes moved or destroyed and people displaced and their lives turned upside down. Both resulted in beautiful views and opportunities to enjoy nature but at a high cost.


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