We have a nice man made lake in Winston-Salem NC, called Salem Lake. There is a walking/biking trail around it, about 7 miles long and a lot of people use it daily for their exercise. The original damn was getting old and a few years back city decided to replace it with a new damn. It took them about one extra year to replace it than was originally advertised, but it is back now and lake at its full level.
I took this photo couple years ago about one month or so after they drained the lake. The surface was all clay like slimy dirt, and it broke into this shapes, similar to what you see in some deserts after they have rain. Walking on it was very tricky as it was a bit soft and if I applied to much pressure, the clay was giving up and my shoe was going into it, not something I wanted to do. And yeah, those cans grabbed my attention from the trail above the lake, I think that is why I climbed down to the bottom of it, to take this photo.
A few weeks later this whole area was overgrown by wild vegetation and it was like that until they filled it back with water. Those cans might very well still be down there, waiting to be discovered by archeologists a few thousand years from now.
Yesterday evening we went for a short walk at Salem Lake to see if they fixed the dam and if the lake is still deflated. The dam is nowhere near completion and water levels at its lowest levels, but the fall colors are still in full force, just as I was hoping for.
Today I processed two of them from last night and decided to post both of them at the same time.
I did not plan to take a photo with someone jogging, but when this dude showed up I kept pressing the shutter. I ‘m glad he did, it gives this photo some dynamic and a bit more of a foreground focus. Sun was going down but with super clear skies it was very bright, you can witness it by the reflection from the lake.
This was taken before the first photo, the light at this spot was superb, illuminating fall colors, so I could not resist but take some photos. I hope you enjoy a bit of fall colors as much as I do.
The lake is drained to build a new dumb and what use to be the bottom of it is now wide banks of the creek. It looks pretty cool, this is how imagine it looks somewhere in African safari or Arizona desert after rain season when everything starting to dry up. Those cracks are about 10-12 inches deep and the closer you get to the creek, the softer it gets and I almost got sucked into one of them, they can look very deceiving.