Lake Chicot, Louisiana, the centerpiece of Chicot State Park, underwent a drawdown last September for vegetation control and bridge repairs. When we visited the park several days ago, the lake looked very different at the South Landing and the North Landing.
Although the cypress trees at the South Landing clearly showed that the water level had dropped by several feet, there still seemed to be plenty of water remaining. The photo below was taken one afternoon from the South Landing boardwalk. Notice the lighter color of the cypress tree below the darker part of its buttress at the usual waterline.
Olympus E-M10 (22mm, f/9, 1/320 sec, ISO200)
The effect of the drawdown was perhaps more obvious at the shoreline of the South Landing in the image below.
Olympus E-M10 (24mm, f/9, 1/320 sec, ISO200)
At the north end of the lake, the scene was very different. There, the lake bed had become mostly mud flats containing narrow channels and pools of water. The early morning photo below, taken from the boardwalk at the North Landing, shows birds feeding at a pool in the background.
Olympus E-M10 (12mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO200)
The road between the North and South Landings contains a bridge over a finger of the lake extending to the west. The photo below was taken from that bridge in the late afternoon. Notice the shadow of the bridge railing (and me) falling on a mud flat. Normally that spot contains several feet of water.
Olympus E-M10 (12mm, f/9, 1/80 sec, ISO320)
Because of the drawdown of the lake, we originally expected little chance of observing birds during this visit. It turned out to be the opposite. Several species of birds were observed in early morning feeding activity in the shallow pools and channels at the North Landing. Photos of those birds will be the subject of future posts to this blog.
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