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Here in the Sierra Foothills where I live, we have a number of lakes, more like ponds due to their size. There is one that I knew about but have not been able to find until recently. It is called Bass Lake. What is ironic is that there are no bass in the lake. It is the home of trout and blue gill. I invite you to join me as I explore this lake…

We find the sign indicating the lake. After walking down a slippery slope (due to pine needles), we come across the lake.

First view of Bass Lake

First view of Bass Lake

Looking to our left we see a house. I am jealous that these folks have a house so close to this lake. Here is another view of the lake. You might just be able to make out two benches, at the left above the waterline, set to look out on the lake. Notice too, how low the water level is. Hello California drought!

Another view of the lake

Another view of the lake

The water is clear and sparkly.

Clear and sparkling water

Clear and sparkling water

Wind crosses over the water causing ripples. This and the increasing depth of the lake offers nice texture and patterns.

Wind on the water

Wind on the water

Along the edge of the lake is pollen from the pines and oaks. We actually saw bees harvesting this pollen off the surface of the water. We also noticed a number of orange and black butterflies. If you look closely, this photo features one of those little beauties!

Butterfly on the shore

Butterfly on the shore

Around the lake, poison oak is emerging and so are the yellow star tulips.

Yellow star tulip

Yellow star tulip

Did you enjoy the visit to this lake? I sure did! Thanks for dropping by today, and I hope that your Wednesday turns out to be an amazing day! Be well… ^..^

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We have lived here in the Sierra Foothills for seven years now, and this is the driest winter that we have seen here. We keep getting a slight chance of rain in the forecasts but it disappears from the forecast and we remain dry. We need the rain to keep fire danger down here in our area, and to fill our reservoirs and wells.

It is dry as the desert here!

It is dry as the desert here!

What is causing this very dry spell is a ridge of high pressure that has been over us for quite a while.

To give you an idea of how little water we have had I thought that I would share the averages against what we have actually gotten so far this fall. In October the average rainfall is 2 1/4″, and we got .83″. In November the average is almost 5″ and we got 1.66″. December, usually a wetter month, gave us .37″ and we the average rainfall is 5 1/2″. So we should have had about 12 3/4″ by now and we have only had a total of 2.86″!

I began to wonder why they are not doing cloud seeding and sent the question to CBS’s Dave Bender of Channel 13 here in Sacramento. He was prompt in his response to me and told me, “The state does cloud seed, however we need storms to seed to get the benefit. When they do seed it adds about half the volume of Folsom lake to the state’s reservoirs. We just need the old storm door to open.” Thank you Dave for the information!

Well, there is a slight chance of rain coming on Saturday, and hopefully it will happen! Keep your fingers crossed for us here! Hey — maybe I should do the rain dance again?

Start of the rain dance

Start of the rain dance

Have a great Wednesday! Thanks for the visit today!

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