The big story here at lakeside is that the lake is shrinking, seemingly faster and faster. It’s palpable; it appears each day that I walk the malecon, the lake has fallen a little bit lower.
Among residents here, few have seen the lake at lower levels. It’s really quite an astonishing sight and the topic of much discussion.
Here’s what we’ve come to expect as “normal” for the level of the lake. Specifically by fisherman’s pier. The picture immediately blow is from a typical “dry” season. The lake is low, about as low as it gets. Not that the areas under the pier are all well covered by the lake.
Contrast this with the level of the lake by the pier after a rainy season (June, July, August, September).
Note below, again after a rainy season, that the lake is very close to the malecon and the pier is just above the lake.
Compare this to now:
The pier is totally exposed and even sports a little (rocky) beach around it.
Of course, your intrepid reporter just had to venture a peek under the pier. So along the beach and around the corner I went!
Definitely rocky and definitely required care in walking.
And sure enough, the four openings below the pier which are normally covered by the lake are now dry enough to walk to the end of the pier.
The opening closest to land was the most dry.
This afforded me a good look at the structure and craftsmanship of the building of the pier.
The second opening was the most precarious. Only a relatively thin line of stones led from the land side to the lake side.
The third and the fourth openings were dry dry dry.
Here’s a look back. Hopefully a rare sight!
And up and away!
One final comparison.
We’re all hoping for an abundant rainy season upcoming to restore the level of the lake.