World Water Day and memories of the Ancient Lake Lahontan
To commemorate World Water Day on March 22nd, I focused my photo-explorations on a day at Lake Lahontan. Located in northwestern Nevada, the present day Lake Lahontan is named for the ancient Lake Lahontan which during the Pleistocene era covered 8,500 square miles (22,000 km2) of the western U.S.
Today’s Lake Lahontan is a reservoir that was first constructed to provide irrigation for the surrounding farmlands. During the past years of drought the water in Lake Lahontan had all but vanished. However the wet winter in 2016 increased the water level back along the lake’s 69 miles (111 km) of shoreline.
Present day Lake Lahontan with its willows and cottonwood trees provides a sanctuary for many types of wildlife and also offers a peaceful setting for people to enjoy nature.
During the summer, the lake is busy with camping, fishing and boating; on this early spring afternoon, I had the lake all to myself except for an eared grebe that floated by in the calm water.
A knocking up overhead and a red headed woodpecker was busy searching for insects on a giant cottonwood tree.
Along the dead leaves, a robin scurried around hunting for dinner.
As the shadows grew long, the light began to fade and more birds flew in to settle for the night. What a better way to appreciate World Water Day than enjoying the moments at a lake that takes one back to earlier times in the Earth’s evolution.
With the forecast of a wet spring, I am hoping that Lake Lahontan will continue to rise. It will be interesting for a return visit in late spring and note the changes.
Photography has the ability to transport one to another world or dimension if only in their mind. Take a trip with me as we embark on ever new photo-adventures.
With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.
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