We spent Thursday afternoon at Ouabache State Park with friends, Dave, Kay, and Pat. It was a beautiful fall day, and we were looking forward to getting some autumn photographs.
We were disappointed to find the lake drained (and a bit smelly when the breeze came from that direction).
I learned later that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources had drained the lake last month to remove the carp, small bluegills, and dense population of rusty crayfish. They say the carp and crayfish roil the bottom and muddy the water to the extent that few aquatic plants are present and oxygen is available for fish only in the top five feet of water.
The DNR's hope is that restocking the lake with a mix of largemouth bass, bluegills, channel catfish, and redear sunfish will result in improved habitat conditions and restore balance within the fish community.
So I couldn't get any photos of the fall colors reflected in the water.
I liked the way the sun was lighting some of the red berries while leaving others in semi-darkness.
I'm still going through the photos from our trip to some of our western states and will begin sharing some of those in the near future.