On our hour-plus drive northeast of Syracuse to attend the Forest Hollow open house, last weekend, I noticed to my right a giant reservoir. And the rolling body of water followed us all the way to Cathy and Bruce Thomas’ house.
I commented to my dear wife Karen how low the water looked.
So, after we’d shopped their art, me scoring for my wife birthday presents of a pair of earrings and a plate made by Cathy and Bruce, respectively, Karen asked if we could check out that same water behind their spread.
Between the trees and down the path. Can’t miss it, Cathy said.
Yes, so much to see down that beaten path.
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I found the autumn reds and oranges in the foliage that I’ve been missing around the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood. I savored the sights, and even the smells.
The water level really did look low here, too.
Karen and I mentioned it upon our return to the house. Bruce explained that the depth is man-made. Officials had drained the reservoir, directing the water to the barge canal. Bruce said they did this in the spring, with no prior warning. He woke up one morning, walked the quarter-mile or so to the water, and had to keep walking. He said he never got the chance to put his kayak in once this year. Since hearing complaints, the officials announced that from now on, they’ll give folks in the area warning before they divert the water elsewhere. Better than nothing, I guess.
If you’ve noticed low bodies of water this year, where did you see them and what do you think caused it? Have you noticed bright foliage yet this year, and if so, where? Which is your favorite photo, and why?