Sunday, April 14, 2013

Grey Skies and Little Lake

Here's a picture of a small lake I visited the other day.

At first glance you might think this was in some place OTHER than Iowa.  After all, Iowa is the land of corn fields, flat land, farms and just wide open spaces.  At least that is the perception.  The reality is actually much different depending upon where you are in the state, but let's not get into that today.

This particular lake is located northwest of Des Moines and was created as part of an overall flood control project.  The Des Moines River is close by and this lake of about 900 acres in a 3,500 acre park was created to protect a nearby town from routine flooding.

This lake flows into a large reservoir that was created on the Des Moines River before it gets into Des Moines and several towns downstream.

The weather here has been a bit cloudy and wet -- but that is okay since our area is in serious need of rain.  The ground is way too dry.

Driving through this area I almost felt like I was some place far away - but I was still able to get home in a few minutes.  That was nice.

I hope the sun and warm weather returns soon.  The rain is needed but the sun is always nice to see and makes life seem a bit more fun.


Small City Scenes said...

It is a very beautiful area. The great thing about most towns anywhere is that there is a lake or river (small) not too far away and it is a good place to get away. And it is good to see trees.
I do see the crookety smile and big eye---yeah, it must be a man's face. heehee. MB

Hilary said...

Looks like a fine spot to spend some time contemplating life. Water has a way of drawing people to it. :)

A Lady's Life said...

We have very cold wet days again and are also waiting for it to warm up We cut the grass and tons of dandelions popped up as a result and the grass grew double again.
We love dry summers cause this keeps the grass short and we don;t have dandelions to cut.
I don't like to use chemicals on the lawn so......rabbits are welcome. lol