December 29, 2011
A Different Perspective
Perched high above Lake Travis, multiple decks allow for expansive views of the lake. People flock to The Oasis to watch the sun slip quietly behind the hills while sipping frosty margaritas and eating spicy nachos.
Usually a visitor here in summer, it never occurred to me how much the view would change during the winter months. In the summertime the sun sets directly in front of the decks but during the winter it sets off to the left directly over Mansfield Dam leaving Sometimes Island and Marshall Ford Marina in beautiful shadow.
The lake is currently 45% full. Sometimes Island is typically referred to as Sometimes Island(s) which pop up as the water level recedes. It's rare to see the islands as an island let alone as a peninsula but right now you can walk from Mansfield Dam park onto the island. A very unusual perspective seen in the second photo.
Marshall Ford Marina is usually tucked back into the cove and isn't visible from the main basin of the lake. The owners have been able to shift some of the docks as the water level has receded. It is one of the only marinas with access to the water. Many boat owners have been unable to get to their boats for months.
Interesting how something you think you know so well can surprise you...Winter solstice perspective: welcome. Drought perspective: trying to find the beauty in you...but honestly, ready for normal any time now!