The Lake is Rising PAGE 24.

June 17, 2021: With the rising water, the season for Aquatic Weed maintenance is almost here.   

There is evidence the big bass are creating nesting sites.  That is a good thing as it insures the survival of the species in the lake.

Here is the view from the platform at the end of the dock.

The grass will eventually cover the ground where the tree was removed.

One boat from Aquatic Weeds is working to remove the hydrilla weeds near the shoreline between the docks.

This view is from our neighbor's back yard near the north end of his property.

This is near the north side of our dock.  The water level has reached the top of the sea wall.

When the water is this high, the Aquatic Weeds boat can be most effective as they are flat-bottom boats and their rear mounted propellers  do not hit the bottom of the lake.

The boat has not been to this area near our dock yet.  My polarizing filter on my camera reveals the invasive hydrilla weeds seen below the surface of the water.

The bass have made two more nests on the south side of the dock.

Linda moved that white rock from the edge of the lake to this point at the northeast corner of the platform at the end of the dock.  There is a large Cormorant that likes to stand on that rock to dry his or her wings after going fishing in the lake.  It is a bird with a long neck and long sleek wings that allow it to swim und the surface of the lake to catch fish.  The white spots on the dock and platform are the droppings from the birds.

This view of the high water is at the point where the dock meets the shore.

There are several of the Cormorants that like to use our dock and the remaining parts of the dock behind the house on the south side seen here.

The weed boat is seen here as he works between the platform and sea wall on the south side of the dock.  A large cutting bar is under the water to remove the weeds.  The front-end loader scoop gathers the weeds for removal.

The cutting bar can reach down three feet below the keel of the boat.  A 15-horsepower diesel engine drives the hydraulic pump that powers everything on the boat.

Some of weeds will float to the surface for easy gathering by the boat.  The scoop can reach down near the bottom to gather more of the weeds.

Rick is a long-time resident who lives a few houses to the south of us.  He is coming up to see the activity here today.

This view from the back yard shows the boat working on the south side of the dock.

There is always a second man working to remove weeds from the bottom.  He has a gas-powered sickle bar cutter at the end of the pole.  Think of it as an under-water weed eater that uses steel blades instead of nylon cord on above-ground weed trimmers.

The boat moves to the north side of the dock to gather more freshly-cut weeds.

Linda comes out with her dog to get him out of the fenced area near the house.

The dog has found a scent on the ground and rolls in that area to pick up some that enticing smell.

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