RECENT WORK - Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee
A quick update from a recent trip to Reelfoot Lake in NW Tennessee. This
was our second trip to this wonderful location, the first being over Christmas 2
years ago. The story of how Reelfoot Lake was formed is a fascinating one, and
the true story
is nearly as interesting as the ones of lore and fantasy.
One of our main reasons for going to Reelfoot Lake is the opportunity to
photograph birds - mainly waterfowl and eagles. The lake is on the
Mississippi Flyway and, at the right time of year, is the year-round home of many eagles and
the temporary winter home to hundreds more. Unfortunately, we've never
found the time to get there at the best time of year for the eagles - normally
late January and early February when the cold pushes them down from the north.
But, there is a good number of permanent residents there; and in one day, we
counted 33 eagles - feeling sure that we did not count any twice. Another
problem with the time of year we go is that it is duck hunting season, which
limits the time we might like to be out on or around the lake and also doesn't do
much for getting the ducks to trust someone with something in their hand pointed
at them. So, a long lens and lots of light are essential. Unfortunately,
we only had one of those two items at our disposal. Yes, it was foggy and
overcast most of the time we were there and in fact the sun never shone during
our nearly 4 full days there. So, we tried to make lemonade from our
Part of Reelfoot's appeal to us is the fact that it is a sunken cypress forest
so the lake is full of still standing trees - a beautiful scene in the fog and
low light conditions. That fact is also a problem for boaters since the
average depth is around 5 feet; so when the water is low, navigating the
lake is a challenge, and in fact, most if not all boats strike lots of sunken stumps.
We were so lucky to have stayed at a VRBO operated by
Andrew and Sheila Taylor -
a wonderful place right on the lake where we'd gladly go back again on our next
trip. We were also fortunate enough to have Andrew volunteer to take us
out on the lake one afternoon in search of birds; and while we didn't get too
many stellar images, we had a great time and learned a lot about the lake.
Thanks again, Andrew and Sheila!
Hopefully most of the images speak for themselves so I won't spend much time
describing them. As always we had a great time but will probably modify
our timing for the next trip to either be there in the bitter cold with the
eagles or earlier in the fall for more waterfowl. Too many choices!
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