From the dam, far on the end of the lake from where this little scene is, I thought I saw a duck on the water. Actually, we’ve seen a few ducks on our lake, but only as they are fleeing our arrival. We’ve never seen them happily bobbing on the waves.
I don’t suppose our lake is duck friendly, at least for the dabblers. Except at the shoreline, the water is too deep for them to find food in the mud under their webbed feet.
Yet here was what looked like a duck, out in the middle of the water, just hanging around as though its job was to greet us and thank us for providing such a nice place to hang out. I tried focusing on it for a picture from atop the dam, but it was too far away to show anything more than a speck on the vast inland ocean that is my lake when it is at full pool.
We embarked on our customary hike around the lake, and though we were getting ever closer to this oddly stationary duck, it was not fleeing us. When we reached the other end of the lake and were comparatively close to it, I identified, of course, what I was seeing. I took a picture of it anyway.
This is in the western end of our lake, and since last summer, it has been thick with scrubby growth where the waters had receded. Hidden among all of that was this log, and I suppose I knew at one time that it was there. The fact that only the tip of it is above water suggests to me that I’ve weighted the other end of it with rocks, but I guess I never noticed that this end was free. It was hidden in the scrub that was too thick for me to venture into without dire purpose.
Should the lake recede again this year, I intend to visit this log and see what there is to see about it. I don’t like it sticking above the water. (I favor an unbroken expanse of water.) Thus I might chop it apart. Or I might pile rocks on this end as well. Or the scrubby growth might return and thwart me again. We shall see.
- Wild plums begin blooming along woods and fence rows.
Today in Missouri history:
- President Martin Van Buren issued a proclamation which completed the annexation of the Platte Purchase area to Missouri, establishing the northwestern border of the state in 1837.