Low and dry

cypress trees in dry late bed

It’s not often you see the bell-shaped base of cypress trees. Drying conditions in 2009 created the opportunity to see just that at Enterprise Lake in Wilmot, Arkansas. Click on the picture for the original 2009 story and pictures.

Here in LA, 2009 was as “dry as a powder house.” Nowhere was that more evident than at Enterprise Lake in Wilmot, Arkansas. The lake is populated with hundreds of old-growth cypress trees which normally tower out of the waters of the old ox-bow lake. Not so in 2009 for many of these magnificent giants.

See more pictures in our original post and see our original story on the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com.

Receding waters left the trees closer to the shoreline poking out of dry land which was formerly inundated lake bed. The situation was not good for the trees which thrive in water. On the other hand, it was a good set of circumstances for an interloping photographer and writer. I had the privilege of walking among the giants without getting my feet wet, an opportunity afforded to few.

Click on the trees for our original Corndancer story.

Click on the trees for our original Corndancer Photo of the Week story.

It was a humbling experience to stroll amongst these unique creations of our God. I heard a symphony of breeze wafting through green boughs dangling animated tendrils of Spanish Moss. I saw shafts of sunlight streaking earthward through the natural skyscrapers.

The only signs of traffic were birds who clearly demonstrated signs of not appreciating my invasion of their space. I said this out loud to them: “I have some news for you my frenetic, feathery friends – get used to it – for the time being, this is our space.”

The trees cast the same spell as a waterfall. I did not want to leave. When I finally – and reluctantly departed, the birds giggled. As well they should.

Thanks for dropping by,
Joe Dempsey

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