Saturday, April 13, 2013

L is for Lakes - images of America (and Australia)

A lake, with water in it!
And snow!
For an Aussie to find a perfect lake surrounded by snow capped mountains and with snow receding on a gravelly shore is a thing of wonder and delight!
The morning sun hits the trees, creating lovely shadows and a rich red on the tree trunks at Richardson's Camp, Lake Tahoe.
For travellers who have come from lands where the word lake conjures up images of wide expanses of crystal clear water and delightful wooden homes fetchingly built to make the most of the fragrant breezes, some Australian lakes could come as a bit of a surprise.
Lake Hart - South Australia. Fabulous red rolling hills, greenish tussocky grasses, shimmering water in the lake positively welcoming you to don the bathers, grab a towel and leap in with shouts of glee. Or perhaps what you see isn't what you get!

Lake Hart is called a lake, because sometimes, on rare occasions, flood waters that originated thousands of kilometres way in Queensland, flow across the flat landscape and end up here and taadaa, there's water and huge numbers of birds flock to breed. Mostly though, there's no water, just salt as far as they eye can see. No swimming or fishing, though that would be very welcome! Not only overseas tourists, but many locals are bewildered by the use of the word lake and their hopes are rudely shattered when they arrive. (Here's a post about an unsatisfying visit to Lake Hart.)

 What better place to relax than in the middle of a peaceful lake?
Salt used to be collected here. It was scooped up and brought to shore by train for processing.  It's a long way out along the old rotten tracks before you can find a good spot to relax away from the madding crowds ;-)
There were however, similarities between Lake Tahoe and Lake Hart. There were few people around and we virtually had the shoreline to ourselves to stroll, dream and be absorbed by the beauty, peace and silence. It was also too cold to swim at either lake, even if there had been water in Lake Hart! The desert can be cold too!


Jan Morrison said...

lovely lake lore! are you home now???
Jan Morrison

Jan Morrison said...

Hey Sue - I have an award over at my site -!

Eve said...

Nice lake pics! We have a lot of lakes around here where I live too. It may sound strange, but I love the smell of a lake. Especially on a summer night..ah..I think I need to go camping, lol!

Sue Travers said...

Jan, yes, I'm home, settling back into a routine.

Eve, the smell certainly is different both between salt and freshwater lakes, and between the sea and lakes. Camping is the best way to enjoy the sounds and smells!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sue .. the terminology was correct sometime - but the land changes so much doesn't it .. I have friends who live in Lakes' Lane .. it did flood badly in the 2000 floods! Now they know why it's called Lakes' Lane ..

Cheers Hilary

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sue .. forgot to say Deserts can be freezing at night ... the Namib certainly is ..

Cheers from me again! Hilary

Sue Travers said...

Hilary, oh dear your poor friends. there's a road near us which should be called something like "Flood road" - whenever we have a massive downpour the homes flood - they're regularly up for sale!
Deserts are wonderful places, I remember the first time I camped out in one being very surprised that the temperature got down to below freezing! Now I travel prepared!