The unseasonably warm weather we had last week is gone, but it is still well above freezing every day. The opening that the aerator kept clear all winter has grown so big I can see it from my deck.
Hey, what's that on the ice? (Smokey and I have said that to each other several times in the past couple days.)
It's an otter, and I do believe it is snacking on a fish!
Buh-bye, Mr(s). Otter!
How did I get such ::coughcough:: spectacularly professional photos of the otter, you ask?
(Don't believe the thermometer on the wall — it lies. The temperature was in the 40s today.)
This was my first chance to put my new GorillaPod to use.
The camera I was using, shown above, has a 10x optical zoom, great for snapping the otter, but just a bit too old to have image stabilization — GorillaPod to the rescue! My small Canon that goes everywhere with me has IS but only a 6x zoom. But since there is a handy pocket in my purse/tote bag the flexible mini-tripod will go everywhere, too.
More photographic phun on the lake. Fish kill:
There is a small bay that is connected to the lake by a narrow channel. We are in the eighth year (I heard today) of a drought cycle, and all the area lakes are very low. Our water level is so low that the channel was impassable last summer, and these fish were trapped in the bay where the aerator was no help to them over the winter. Our lake association has been petitioning the state Department of Natural Resources for permission to dredge the channel, but the Powers That Be have so far said no. Maybe this will change their minds.