Peregrine turned up! He was bobbing in the shallow water just north of Isla de Peligro at the western end of the lake, safe from a one-way trip over the spillway.
I’d suspected that Peregrine was still in the lake. He sometimes does find his way to the western end where he hides among the damned willows sprouting out of the water. As you can see above, he’s riding low in the water, but I think for him to have gotten to the western end of the lake, he’d have to been catching a breeze. The general current (from inflow) goes west to east, so Peregrine should be nosing the dam all the time. But that same west-bound wind that blows leaves and twigs from the overflow drain back in my face must be moving Peregrine around, despite his low profile.
If you look closely you can just make out some rocks under the water by Peregrine. This is a shallow part of the lake, even at full pool. I think you could walk to the island here and not get your knees wet. As the water recedes — it inevitably recedes — Peregrine will likely get left high and dry, and that’s fine with me. I leave him to the whims of the lake gods. If he can spend some time drying out, though, I’m in favor of that because it may postpone his own inevitable descent to the bottom of the lake someday.
- Memorial Day (observed)
- Coneflowers and tickseed coreopsis blooming on prairies and roadsides.