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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Watery Wednesday - Lake Jackson

Photos taken this morning at 7:30.
Lake Jackson is a shallow, prairie lake on the north side of Tallahassee with two major depressions or sink holes known as Porter Sink and Lime Sink. Water drains from the lake into the Floridan Aguifer through the sink holes. The sinkholes are partially or fully plugged with sediments, collapse when groundwater levels drop, lake water funnels into the Aquifer and has completely drained the lake. It happens about every 25 years.
The lake drained on September 16, 1999. The lake flowed down to Porter Sink on May 10, 2007 although some pools of water remained.

We are getting some fall colors!!
Endangered species or rare- Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Least Tern, American Alligator, Round-Tailed Muskrat, and Brown Pelicans - rare inland have been seen.
There is a variety of vegetation.
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20 comments:

Leora said...

It looks like a beautiful area. Such a lovely, misty variety of pictures. Love the fall foliage one especially.

fishing guy said...

Darla: Thanks for the neat story and the photos of the lake. It is too bad it is so low.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Sad that the lake is so low.
The fall colours are lovely!

Gill - That British Woman said...

great photos and an excellent description of what's what.

Gill in Canada

Rosemarie said...

Darla, great shots. I love the last shot - and I hope that the lake recovers soon.

Frances said...

Hi Darla, thanks for the eco lesson on the lake. It is still very beautiful, as are the surrounding trees as they turn.

Frances
http://fairegarden.wordpress.com/

2sweetnsaxy said...

Thanks for sharing these photos and the story. How interesting! I was reminded of how much water evaporated from the lakes around here due to lack of rain.
Thanks for participating in Watery Wednesday! :-)

Leedra said...

I see why you started with the one you did. I LOVE IT!!! It is beautiful.

perennialgardener said...

I never thought about how much droughts can effect the natural balance of our fresh water sources. Beautiful photos today for Watery Wednesday. Lovely fall color in your area Darla!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Darla, Thanks for stopping by my blog... This is my first visit to yours---and I LOVE it. You had better be careful though.. When it gets boring and yuk-y north of you (about Feb. or March), you may get lots of blogger visitors to sunny Florida!!! Ha Ha!!!! Your yard is gorgeous! We try--but this time of year, it's all LEAVES. Wanna come and help rake and blow leaves?
Betsy

Carletta said...

What a beautiful watery photo essay!
Our fall colors are gone and as I type I see only brown on the trees and masses of brown leaves on the ground.

Jan said...

These are some lovely photos. I'm particularly taken with the first and last photos.

Shellmo said...

Enjoyed seeing your beautiful part of the world!! Though wish the lake wasn't so low.

marLou said...

What a nice series of pictures. Wonder if the water will fully recede and what will the ecology look like then.

Denise said...

Hi Darla, these are a great series of photographs. I too hope that the lake recovers for everyone's sake. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Darla said...

Thanks for all of the comments. That lake is a mystery to all of us here, we never know what nature will do to it.

The Right Blue said...

Fascinating post, and the pictures are wonderful. Thanks for your Watery Wednesday visit.

Susie said...

That last picture is so serene. Love the reflection in the water.

Aisha said...

You have such lovely watery shots! You captured them beautifully!

garden girl said...

So pretty!