We drove north last week to check on the cabin to see how it had fared through the winter, and I’m happy to be able to provide a good report—no trees fell on it and no critters made their way inside to make a mess as they tried to get out again. However, due to the unusually sparse precipitation throughout the winter months, the level of water in the lake is, I believe, the lowest I’ve ever seen it. In recent years, it has pretty much covered the entire trunk of this birch where it emerges from the shoreline. Last year at this time the water was the highest I’ve ever seen it. Oh, what have we done to the weather?
There has been enough moisture, however, to provide for new growth. The catkins on these willows are bursting forth eagerly and in plenty.
I was also fortunate to be able to get a portrait shot of one of our local ospreys with a fresh catch, which made me all the more eager for the warmer weather, when I’ll hopefully be able to bring you images of a few fresh catches of my own.
I’m looking forward to that more than ever, especially since—due to shoulder injuries—I was unable to fish at all last year, and I plan to make up for lost time!
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Wonderful shots, Gary, of what looks to be an almost magical location. Best wishes too for the new season and for many happy catches with your camera and your rod.
This spot has been more than magical for me through the years, and it’s one of my fondest blessings that I’ve been able to make it a regular part of my life. And yes, here’s to happy catches for all of us in this wonderful club of ours!
Cool catkins. I am glad that you are doing well and will be able to more fully enjoy your time with nature. It’s a shame about the water level.
Yeah, the shoulders are doing fine, thanks! I hope there will be a lot of rain to make up for the terrible deficit.
You really got some wonderful shots, I’d be anxious to see how this changes over the course of the summer and fall.
Thanks, Charlie, I am eager, too, to see what the weather gods have in store for us. It sure is a roller-coaster ride!
Great shots. In Canterbury there has been the worst drought in 20 years but in other parts of our country we have had a lot of rain. During the night last night, Wellington got such a deluge of rain. So Mother Nature is determined to keep on top of us all.
Even in such a small ecosystem you have such variation. I read about the Wellington rain. Nothing is to be taken for granted any more, it seems.
What a beautiful spot to escape the world!
Thanks, Audrey, it sure is. On the other hand, it’s also a welcome window into another world.