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Cable

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Check out these cables that I found wound up at a dock on a lake!

Lake Buchanan, Texas
photographed 11.29.2014

The prickly hearts

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Perhaps there’s a botanist out there who can explain this – why the normally oval prickly pear pads sometimes take on a heart shape.

But until we know the reason, let’s just appreciate them for what they are.

Canyon of the Eagles resort
Lake Buchanan, Texas
photographed 11.28.2014

Serrated edges

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I don’t particularly want to admit how, exactly, I know this, but the edges of this plant are as sharp as they look….

Canyon of the Eagles Resort
Lake Buchanan, Texas
photographed 11.28.2014

Wire knot

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The wire fence around the butterfly garden seems to be providing instructions to tendrils on how to twist themselves.

Canyon of the Eagles Resort
Lake Buchanan, Texas
photographed 11.28.2014

The effects of the drought were severe

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It doesn’t take a hydrologist to see that a dock without a drop of water anywhere nearby isn’t a good sign.

Lake Buchanan is part of the watershed managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority. According to their website, lakes Buchanan and Travis – which provide municipal water supplies for several cities – are currently at 34% capacity. If (or, probably, when) that number drops below 30%, the LCRA will issue a declaration called the “Drought Worse Than the Drought of Record.”* Issuance of this declaration will put into place a series of water restrictions on all customers. The LCRA says there is a “small chance” this could occur as soon as February 2015.

(what’s left of) Lake Buchanan, Texas
photographed 11.28.2014

*It’s sort of an interesting series of words, isn’t it?

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