A Year on Clear Lake-Oct 18, 2013

Surprising Start–October 18, 2013

You never know how a day will turn out. Early  morning began with plenty of color but with a heavy layer of clouds above (left). I held little hope for an eventful sunrise, believing that the sun’s bright light would be trapped behind the clouds.  But as is often the case with nature, believe one thing and you are sure to be surprised. It turned out to be a gorgeous sunrise, after all (above).

The marina is hosting another boat show next weekend, which never bodes well for the wildlife and natural habitat of the area. Ahead of similar events earlier in the year, “management” had all the old piers and pilings that served the bird population removed. I stopped by there yesterday to see what was happening with the bird population, and I was disheartened, though not surprised, to find that all the giant reeds that once lined the banks, had been chopped down (photo right). Along with the reeds, several small trees, bushes and wildflowers were also chopped down.  The area looked stripped and naked. It was sad. On the right is a photo of the Great White Egret, in the background is a shot of the giant reeds, which are now gone.

Green Thought: “If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.” – Henry David Thoreau