Friday, April 17, 2009

A mile from where I live is a small lake, Lake Ilo. Many people go there to birdwatch or fish for northern pike.

Lake Ilo was drained last September to kill off carp, white suckers, and bullhead. Many people were concerned that it might take months or years to refill, but I heard recently that water was already overflowing the spillway, thanks to all the snow this winter.

Two days ago I drove out to look around. As I approached the lake, the air began smelling like the ocean.

I soon saw why: Thousands of dead carp lined the entire perimeter of the lake.

It wasn't a pretty sight, except maybe to flies and gulls.

I was tempted to take a couple of fish home to use as fertilizer, but refrained.


Charlene said...

Wow! You sure have an amazing community where you live. It's bad that you hurt your back, but, good that at least you're there while you deal with it.

That kind of back injury just takes time to really heal. Meanwhile, magnesium, arnica, rest, and Feldenkreis (google it and better yet if there's someone there who practices or teaches it) has worked wonders for me.

Hang in there, my friend!

Flying Mermaid said...

What the fuck, maaaan! Ain't gonna smell like the ocean for long!