The new bridge has been completed for a little while now and much work has been done stripping stuff off the old steel bridge. I saw something indicating that the old bridge was going to be dynamited at noon on March 20. I planned to go out and get some pictures.
As I was getting out of the shower and dressed around 9:30 I heard a powerful bang. I knew what it was right away. Dang.
As TVA is bringing up our lake levels we had widespread heavy rains last night. It will take days for the rain to drain down into the lake but that should jump up the levels. These were taken the morning of 4/3/2014. I’ll try to add some more pics in about a week or so.
I took 4 pictures and let Google+ stitch them into a panoramic view of our little slice of the lake.
I had an errand to run so I chose to use the bike. After that was done I took the long way home and paused at Panther Creek state park.
A recent cold snap had really kicked the fall colors into gear and roads everywhere look like this only maybe not this shady and empty.
I stood on the overlook listening to jazz playing from my bike and watching the water. I noticed a series of ripples dancing in a criss-cross manner across the surface left behind by a boat that had long since passed. The ripples were reflecting off of the various islands and shores. Presently another boat created a fresh set and I felt compelled to watch those progress for a while. Very peaceful.
As I headed out to the exit I spotted this tree and had to stop for a picture or two. Such amazing color as it embraced the tree next to it with its limbs.
The lake levels are very high once again this year. I decided to try to get up to the golf course. We went up earlier in the year but only after lake levels had dropped a ways.
Starting up the channel it looks nice.
As I cruised up the channel I decided to hug the right side to get some shade. Doing so disturbed several blue herons and a white one that kept going up the way I was going. I disturbed him several times.
The humidity was definitely up. I know I was over places that normally don’t have water.
I’m past Bob and Kate’s place looking at the house next to them for sale. Some people were out there and I might appear in photos of the listing showing that you can kayak out back. Normally there’s not this much water here though they may have a channel they can use.
I’ve been sparing in my photos because my camera’s battery was low. I didn’t want to get to the bridge and not have a working camera. I’m almost there now. Some random weeds I’ll cross then a bunch of mint growing as well. I didn’t realize it until I went over it and broke it some.
Proof that I got to the bridge.
Getting through the trees between this point and the main channel was a very buggy experience. I should have remembered to take some shots coming back down. I was covered with spiders and various flying insects. I was being escorted by a pair of large dragonflies for a while looking for bugs I disturbed. I think they got their fill quickly behind me.
On the way back to my dock I encountered a cool looking piece of tree floating and pushed it up to our shore with my boat. It’ll make some good natural art when waters recede. I also spent a while unclogging my dock only to look out and see it covered today.