Pymatuning / Linesville Spillway
It was a beautiful autumn day...considering it's the last weekend in November...it was a superb day! :) Mid 60's, lots of sunshine and a few white fluffy clouds. The Mustang has to be off the road by Dec. 1 (per insurance purposes)...so we gassed it up and took off for one of my dad's favorite spots. We all use to do a lot of waterfowl hunting...and *the* place to do that in this area is the Pymatuning Waterfowl Reserve. It's managed by the PA Game Commission and is near or is part of the Pymatuning State Park. Beautiful farm lands, huge corn fields and thousands of geese and ducks! And these geese are SMART! They know where the hunters are and where the "reserve" is...it's rather annoying to be sitting in the blind and be able to see the geese flying your direction and then veer off to the "reserve" land instead of coming into the cornfield with the blinds. And you are only allowed to hunt until Noon in that area...well, let me tell you...those miserable geese *know* when noon is! When you are hauling your stuff out of the blind and to the truck, they are flying in by the hundreds! After hunting, we always went down to the spillway to feed the Carp...then we stopped to feed ourselves. Anyway, here are a few pictures...
Here's where the fun starts. There are so many Carp in the water, all rising to the surface fighting for the bread...that the ducks can literally walk on the fishes backs. Now since it's almost December, the migatory birds are gone and that means not as many ducks...so this isn't as spectatular as usual! :( But, you can see a couple ducks sticking up out of the water, walking on the fish (two female Mallards in the very center of the picture).
Did you know a gull can stop mid flight and hover? Well,that's what the one on the left is doing!
Some Closing Pictures This is a little cove that was in the lake, across the road from the spillway. I loved the way the trees were reflecting into the water...and the orange/red tint to the trees and bank on the right. That tint is from the setting sun that was behind me.
And, here is the final shot of the day...the setting sun reflecting in the lake. The fence-thing you see is the railing across the top of the spillway, where it comes out from under the road into the lake on the opposite side; hence the rippley water. This is the calm side of the lake...even without the sunset.
As usual, after the spillway...comes food! We found a lovely Italian restaurant and had a great meal...and a long dark drive home!