Three of my many blogging friends who feature photography on their sites are Chesapeake Bay Woman (CBW for short), Daryl, and Country Girl Kate. They regularly capture such beautiful images of their corners of the world that yesterday I was inspired to pull my camera out of my purse and shoot. Humble Black Butte Lake can't top the beauty of CBW's Mathews, Virginia, or the tiny things that live in Kate's Maryland back yard, or the cultural richness of Daryl's Manhattan, but it will have to do. It's my favorite part of Fooleryland.
My mom proposed in impromptu picnic at the lake yesterday, and we were all in favor, so the girls and I went with her for the short drive into the western foothills for a quiet picnic in perfect weather.
Drought has left the lake very low this fall.
Summer is over and the water skiers and campers are gone.
You can't believe how quiet it was.
They've erected a cool new play structure since we were last here, so the girls had to check it out. Sparky announced that it didn't match anything at the lake; I had to agree. Maybe we have a future designer or architect?
We drove to the top of the dam where there is a lookout point. I could live up there.
The late afternoon October sun is unforgiving.
Once upon a time on such a picnic my friend Shirley and I swam across that far bay, holding our fishing poles aloft and out of the water. The sucking mud was so thick around the edge of the lake, and the cockle burrs so numerous and sharp, that swimming across seemed like the better option. That was 35 years ago at least. Facing the same choices now I would just buy fish at the store.
Glad I wasn't around when this baby came hurtling out of whatever volcano used to be here.
Part of Black Butte dam, with Farm Sanctuary West in the background. They do good work rescuing neglected farm animals.
The last time I water skied I got hit on the head by my ski right in this bay. Explains a lot, right?
The water skiers may be done for the season, but the fishermen don't give up as quickly.
Looking homeward, out across the valley. And now you've seen so much that you can cross Fooleryland off your bucket list.
Please visit CBW's "Life in Mathews," Daryl's other blog "Out & About in New York City," and Country Girl Kate's "Chronicles of a Country Girl," to name but a few wonderful bloggers who take stunning photographs.