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 lemons.

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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Early Morning Gray Sunrise

All Framed Up - Great Blue Heron

White Pelicans in Fog

White Pelicans in Fog #2

White Pelicans in Fog #3

Regal Eagle

Immature White Goose

White Geese - Joining In

Air Space over Atlanta? White Geese Taking Off