Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Can you say 'dry docked'?

Our nearby lake - now down more than 8 feet.  All of these shots were taken as I drove across one of its bridges.



Quite a distance from any water.
"Honey, where's the boat?"
"Um, exactly where you parked it.  Months ago."

105 comments:

Ellie said...

First comment yay!!! lol.
Did you say 8 feet? My that is a lot of water to be down. Really puts it into perspective doesn't it? It looks very pretty I'll bet it is lovely when it is full.

Gone Country said...

Wow... so sad. Our lakes looked like that several years ago when we had a drought here. Thankfully, they've all come back up (for the most part) and people are able to use their boats again!

Felicity said...

Having lived through several savage droughts this truly makes my heart twist for you.

You know what I'm going to say next....

"Send 'er down Hughie!"

xx's

Bruce Clark said...

Those shots really show what the lose of 8` of water looks like. Any hope for rain in the near future?

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Wow - those are amazing photos. My niece has friends who own a lake house in Texas (not sure where), and she has told me how bad the situation is. Still praying for rain for your area.....

Mom of M&Ms said...

looks the same here.... keep raining!!!!!

Roan said...

I sure hope you get some good rain this winter. We've been having a fairly dry fall, well except on the days we planned to go to the Covered Bridge Festival over in Indiana. But, we are not as bad off as you guys.

Fjällripan said...

So little water...Now its time for you to get a real rainweather!

Desiree said...

That is a lot of rainfall to be short of! Wow! We might well be faced with a similar situation at the end of our summer, since our winter rains this year fell short of the annual averages. With global warming, we are told this might be our future. I'm hoping you get some worthwhile downpours, soon!

Lucy aka Roeann said...

Wow! That's is dry. Well, I can still bring an intertube. You guys need to have a rain dance.

Sandra said...

these make your drought horrific. seeing is believing, it is one thing to know and here about your lack of rain, but this shows the for real look. very sad. and if the lakes look like this i can only imagine what the land is like. we have seen the dry cracked soil on TV

Deb said...

unfortunately you see alot of that around here....

Deb said...

unfortunately you see alot of that around here....

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Are kids going out there with metal detectors? It was quite the event here a few years ago when one of ours got dried up.

Melodie said...

Yes..we drove across the bridge at Onalaska at Lake Livingston last week and saw pretty much the same sights. Terrible.

Kathy said...

Hopefully that lake doesn't supply water to a community. One of our small towns around here is in danger of losing it's water supply due to loss of water in Pinkston Lake (which most people are calling Pinkston Pond these days).

Daniel said...

Oh my... all docked up and no where to go!

Is this drought a historically reoccurring event or a one-off?

V.L. Locey said...

Wow, that is a very LOW water level!

Barbara Shallue said...

We actually walked along the dry lake bed of Lake Travis on Sunday. So sad!

Montanagirl said...

Oh my - 8 feet is a huge drop. I keep praying for rain for you!

Barb said...

Yikes! I really hate to see that . . . I sure hope this trend turns around.

Jan n Jer said...

Wow...my heart aches to see this!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Gasp!!!! Oh my word, I can't believe it! I'll do a little rain dance for you!

Woody said...

Hi and dry :-(

It's hard to imagine this much water loss.

Texan said...

Hopefully we will get rain this winter! We got a little Saturday night over night. Didn't do anything for the pond but the plants loved it I am sure.

Coloradocasters said...

You know you are in trouble when marine managers say things like, "Gotta mow the grass under the dock again". The situation is beyond tragic for an area that manages bass fishing as a resource. Praying for the turn around.

Jill said...

So drastic and sad!

SweetMarie said...

That's awful! Don't give up the rain dancing. :)

bailey-road.com said...

Wow! These photos really illustrate the effects of the drought. Is this the lake that supplies your water?

Cindy said...

It is awful! Hopefully we will get a bit more rain tomorrow night!
What we need is a good soaking for a couple of weeks!

Allison said...

Oh my. That is incredible. I wish rain on Texas, T! What a spooky sight!

Mama-Bug said...

Hope you guys get lots of much needed water some time soon!

Samantha said...

OH, T..how awful.
That is incredibly low.

ellen abbott said...

This drought is unprecedented. The worst ever on record and the forecasters are saying it may last well into next year. All the lakes around here are way down also. I don't think there's a single dock on a single lake that is still in water.

grammie g said...

Hi Teresa..Looks like you could use more than a few showers there..

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

That is such a sad sight. It's the same around here. The scary thing is many of the folks here are losing their water wells- house wells and irrigation. We lost ours and had to drill over 500feet to find enough water-others haven't been so "lucky". At over $30.00 a foot it's quite pricey! The old timers here are saying water will soon be more expensive than oil...

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Oh gosh, that gives you some scary perspective on how bad the drought is. Yikes.

missing moments said...

Great photos on how bad the situation is down there. And up here, my yard is so soggy all fall from the rains.

Randy said...

I was thinking the same as Lisa, I would be out with a metal detector. Sending positive rain thoughts.

Chatty Crone said...

I can say it sure does look like a dry dock. I am hoping some rain your way. sandie

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is a sad sight. I do hope that you get the needed rain over the winter.

Flora said...

How dry is that! Unbelieiveable!

polkadotpeticoat said...

Wow that is amazing.....kind of like our glacier pictures and how far back they are....

Louise said...

I'm shaking my head in disbelief. And, we think that we are the masters of the universe. Seems to me, sometimes, that Mother Earth is on a campaign to prove us wrong.

Farm Girl said...

Wow, how sad is that? Well, I guess it is a good time to repair hulls and get the boat in tip top shape.

Furry Bottoms said...

Hopefully this winter... will more than make up for this drought! Wish we could have a glacier flown in and parked in the middle of TEX, it would melt so fast and fill up those thristy lakes and rivers!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That is a lot! I think about all the beer cans and bottles, lost fishing poles, boat motors, bodies that were revealed by the receeding water.

Buttons said...

Oh Wow your photos make me realize just how hard this drought has been on everyone. I being a farmer was only thinking of the livestock and farmers. This has to be very frustrating and worrisome for the people that have to endure the loss of there water. A very different perspective for us that do not know. Thanks for sharing. B

Kerri said...

That really shows how low things are ...... Sending rain vibes your way!

rainfield61 said...

That is as eager as you, waiting for a raining season.

Hound Girl said...

LOL I totally saw stuff like this out at lake travis the other weekend when driving. Its so crazy!

don said...

That is sad to see the lake so low that it stops all the boating and the mooring site are so far out of water. Excellent documentation of this situation.

Susan said...

These photos tell the real story don't they. Your pond and this lake, so sad. Here's to praying for rain.....

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Oh My GOSH Tex! That is shocking and sad. That one boat tied up, bottom sitting on the grass, have to wonder how hard that will be on the bottom hull. At first when I looked at it, how you framed the shot looked like it was hanging out over the ramp-spooky. All those boats, at least they are on lifts. I am praying for water for you, and I mean I am pulling out my rosary tonight! Your pond needs water too and your trees and all your property! And we are whining here in our little bit of country for being short 4 inches.

Annette said...

Good grief! That is really low. I hope you get more rain soon.

Sylvia K said...

I think there's a new song out called Where Has All the Water Gone? Or was that Flowers??? Oh, well, no water, no flowers! Amazing!

Sylvia

Paula said...

I was going to mention Lake Travis near where my daughters live but I see a couple of people already have. So sad. Would like to drive over to Medina Lake someday to check it out. I'm sure it is very low.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Oh, my goodness. Yikes that's low. Hope this drought doesn't last as long as they're predicting!

Dawn said...

Oh MY GOODNESS!
That's unreal! And sad.

Gary said...

Although we've had rain lately. Overall it's relly not that much!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Karen said...

How low can ya go! Hoping winter brings some rain your way!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Yikes! Right, at least when "our" Lake here in Oregon goes down, it is planned and expected. Yours being empty is scary.

dr momi said...

Not good......

Robin said...

T, oh my, Hard to believe an expensive boat like that sitting high and dry. Obviously the owner doesn't care much about it!

Sarah said...

all along we've understood how dry and horrible it has been in Texas, but I think these pictures paint the clearest picture of just how drastic it has been! Wow!

Sarah said...

silver lining? As my husband just said when I showed him the picture. "Well, its an ideal time to do any dock repairs."

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

oh no, i really didn't expect to see that.
so sad...

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~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Incredible!
When we went through a severe drought a few years ago, the state of Georgia was hit even harder. Tennessee had to sell water to Ga. Isn't that the strangest thing!?

I hope soon you get a break. Texas needs it so bad!
xo, misha

Debbie said...

yikes...talk about high and dry. i have never seen anything like that. it's so very sad!!

Evelyn S. said...

Oooh...that's terrible! Any moisture predicted?

Cher' Shots said...

My heart goes out to all who are drought ridden. I can only imagine the animals sold for lack of food etc.
'love & hugs from afar'

Bob Bushell said...

Shame, that lake is down 8ft. What does it look, when its at higher level?

polkadotpeticoat said...

Oh my you have an eye for details.....I totally missed that bright yellow leaf by George and it sticks out like a sore thumb.....thanks for sending me back for a second look!

Sharon said...

That looks bad, I keep thinking about the dust bowl... hope nothing like that happens!

ksdoolittle said...

WOW! That's the worst I've ever seen it. My other TX friends are singing the same song!

latebloomerbuds said...

Adds new meaning to the phrase. Just awful. Come on rainstorms!!! XO, Margie

pattisjarrett said...

That is a lot of water to be missing. Dry dock, it is.

Andrew said...

It's a sorry sight...

Pat Tillett said...

That is so sad! I hope you get some good rain soon. Not too much this time, just enough to replenish.

barbara l. hale said...

Oh, man! Those are some dramatic pictures. Still hoping you all get the right amount of rain one of these days.

Amish Stories said...

Some of the farmland around my way kind of looked like this after all the rain we had recieved. Now these lakes will turn to ice soon, and then a whole new set of images will be taken. Richard from Amish Stories.

Farmchick said...

wow....

Michaele said...

After so many flooding pictures in Nebraska this spring and summer, this actually doesn't look too bad. But it's a sad case either way.

Adam Tilt said...

Now that is pretty severe. How long till you can expect some rain again?

Larry Ostby said...

How incredibly unfortunate. Eight feet below normal is a sad situation. Hope the next several months will make some changes for the better.

Candy C. said...

That is a sad sight. Come on rain!!

SouthCoast Guy said...

wow, it's amazing that one part of our country can be suffering from drought and just a short plane ride away another part can be overflowing!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Well, I guess if we try to put a positive spin on it... they can do any needed repair work! Ugh:@)

eileeninmd said...

Wow, that is just amazing. Droughts are just horrible, I hope you get some much needed rain soon.

bon bon said...

wow, that's pretty serious. hope texas recovers from its crazy, dry summer with a cool, wet fall.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Wow, that's aweful. I sure hope you get some much-needed rain this fall.

Millie said...

How sad that the lake has dried up so much.

Ms. Becky said...

whoa, that is striking. and serious. I've been thinking about you guys and wondering if there had been any improvement. now I know. maybe you'll get some rain from the hurricane that's approaching Mexico. hope so. happy week to you TWG.

Angela said...

That is just so sad to see. To put a good twist to it it would be a good time for the people with the docks to do any repairs that need to be done to it with the water not being there. And they could build new ones they've been wanting to build. Hopefully the water will come back real soon. I sure hope so!

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh wow, can you say Hi and Dry? It doesn't look like there will be any boating for awhile.

Joe said...

Wow! That is BAD!

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Are you sure the zombies haven't invaded Texas and sucked up all your water?

That's dry girl! DRY!

wayside wanderer said...

Yikes! We drove over Lake Lavon the other day and I wanted Mike to pull over so I could snap some photos but he was worried about traffic or some such. Nov. 1 we go on stage 3 water restrictions...only water once every 2 weeks. =(

laurak@forestwalkart said...

I'M 100!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! no, not years...your 100th comment...so i better make it worth your while!!

damn!! that's dry. i've seen lakes like that when we drive through georgia. boats and docks...sitting in the middle of NOTHING. sad...i hope it gets better soon...but it's gonna take a helluva lot of rain to get things back to even near normal... :(

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Hey I'm 101!!!
Ohhh those are some telling photos. How sad.... wishing you a wet winter!!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Hey I'm 101!!!
Ohhh those are some telling photos. How sad.... wishing you a wet winter!!

heyBJK said...

Wow! Talk about low water level! That last shot says it all! I guess the upside is it would be easy to clean the outside of the boat. Something tells me if they wait for the water level to come back up to float that thing, they're in for a long wait.

georgettesullins said...

Oh my...that lake has turned into a pond.

Rose said...

Oh, MY! That is really down.

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