a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lake

A to Z, pretty areas close to me

L - Lake
 
There are 3 lakes in close proximity to where I live. By close proximity, I mean within five miles of our house. 
 
This is Willow Lake.




 This is Watson Lake.

 
 This is Lynx Lake.



From what I understand, there aren't that many natural lakes in Arizona, most are man made, like these three.
 
These three have walking paths around them.  I think you can canoe and kayak on them, not motor boats.
 
One has to watch out for wildlife.  A friend of hubby's was coming back from a bike ride at Watson Lake late afternoon a few months back. On the bike ride, they had seen wolves.  As they were approaching back to where their cars were parked, they saw a mountain lion sitting on a rock just watching them.  
 
And remember what I said, all are within 5 miles of where I live.  

Any lakes close to where you live?

57 comments:

Rhonda Albom said...

Three lakes that close in the desert, I guess they would have to be man-made. Nice photos.

Lanise Brown said...

Mountain lions and wolves, oh my. I've seen a couple of coyotes and really large house cats, some are bigger than my dog!, in my area but there are no lakes near here.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

Wow, our wildlife is a lot less wild around here - the odd fox or deer, but mostly sheep ;) Lynx lake looks lovely with those tree.
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TARYTERRE said...

Lakes are precious resources, man-made or not. You are lucky to have three in such close proximity to you. The wildlife I can do without. Do not want to see a pack of wolves or lion close up and personal that close to home. YEEKS!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Your area is a huge contrast to ours. We are surrounded by lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, etc.

Jacquelineand.... said...

What Martha said: It's difficult not to run into a lake, pond, river or stream; probably why covered bridges were so popular.

Bijoux said...

I'm surrounded by water and deer. We do have coyotes and the occasional bear, but no mountain lions or wolves!

joeh said...

Lakes, no lions.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I don't think I'd be doing much walking around those lakes with the wildlife that lives there. Here we have Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes. It borders Ohio to the north and there are many other lakes in our state too. Some are man made and others are not. We've camped by several of them as they are part of our park system. I love being by the lake as that is where the beach is and the beach is my favorite place to be. Sadly I don't get there often at all.

Carol Noren Johnson said...

I like between Lakeland, Florida and Tampa, Florida and yes we have lakes. There are many places to walk around these lakes--so peaceful and inviting. When I was a caregiver for my late husband, I did not enjoy these lakes and our dog just did his business in the enclosed backyard. Now Ziggy and I can get out and see more lakes.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Lots of lakes. Some for fishing. Some just swimming. Some any recreational activity you can imagine.
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Pat Hatt said...

We have water everywhere here. Go five miles anywhere and you can find a lake. Seen coyotes and bears before, but no wolves or mountain lions.

lyndagrace said...

We have the biggest “lake” near us, the Atlantic Ocean. Okay, I know not a lake. NJ has plenty of lakes, though.
I might be a little leery of the wildlife near your lakes,but I probably would just have to go to see if I could catch a glimpse of them.

Intense Guy said...

I would love to see the wild animals.

Lots of creeks, streams, and rivers within 5 miles - the nearest lake larger than a pond is a bit further way.

Cindi said...

Lots of bodies of water where I live. plenty of gator to go with them. Tampa news printed an article last week about a adult male bob cat catching a sand shark near St Augustine. Just part of the food chain....lol

Joanne Noragon said...

I realized some of the lakes we saw driving south last week were man made; all that water running of the mountains and captured to service the cities.

Keith's ramblings said...

I have no lakes just an ocean at the bottom of my road with a road in France on the other side!

SweetMarie said...

I would love seeing the wildlife, but also would be a little freaked out! we have a lake about two miles from us and I'm so glad! Love seeing water. :)

Wendy said...

I can't begin to count the number of lakes close by. Supposedly they're good for fishing. But my favorite lake is 4 hours away - Smith Mountain Lake. Technically it's a reservoir because it was formed by damming the river.
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Chatty Crone said...

Even tho they are man made they are beautiful and a mountain lion that close? Yes we do have a few lakes around us.

Linda said...

Land of 10,000 Lakes, you betcha! Pretty shots, looks so remote, yet so close. Enjoy the paths, might want to keep that walking stick handy!

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Chrys Fey said...

A mountain lion and wolves? You might not see me at those lakes. :P

Mildred said...

Very pretty but the wildlife would scare me! We live close to Lake Lanier and enjoy the walking trails and picnic areas.

Jo said...

I live in Ontario relatively close to the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario is about an hour away. Ontario province is also chock a block full of lakes anyway. So yes, I live near lakes.

Robyn Proctor Hinkle said...

Wow, what a gorgeous lake :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

A few small lakes but most people do their water sports on the Susquehanna river. I love canoeing and should try to do it more.

Liz A. said...

Well, at least that mountain lion was just watching?

Lakes are a bit further out I believe. The ocean is closer.

Sandy said...

Yikes, that would make me nervous. Nice to have the lakes and place to get out and enjoy nature so close at hand, but mountain lions, wolves....that would unnverve me. I am currently vacationing in your state. Am sure enjoying the weather, so nice to have the sun after the long tiring cold winter in Ohio.

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Mary said...

I live in Massachusetts, we have 3 lakes in my town, Lake Pearl, Lake Archer, and Mirror Lake, all are natural. Don't have any photos handy.

Mountain lions and wolves, be careful on any walks you take. What about scorpions? When my eldest took a two week summer course at a university in Albequerque, NM, there were scorpions everywhere. Here the worst, wildlife we face are something called fisher cats. Fortunately more common species aren't as dangerous, foxes, racoons, deer.

Sophie Duncan said...

We have man made lakes near us - they're old gravel pits, and they are great for both fishing and bird life. We used to walk round them quite regularly.
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Ellie said...

Beautiful photos Betty, but goodness, having mountain lions and wolves around is a bit scary! We have lakes EVERYWHERE in Nova Scotia. On my drive into where my hubby works, a 20 minute drive away, we pass 8 lakes. if you look at Nova Scotia from the air, it looks like it is made of Swiss cheese.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Oh my, that would definitely scare me!

Naqvee said...

The nearest Lake is 1.3 miles :) We often go by walking!

It is pleasant and beautiful.

Birgit said...

Oh I would be watching carefully especially the mountain lion. The lakes look beautiful. I am 10 min. away from lake Ontario. I can drive for 45 min and see Lake Eerie. They are huge and so nice to see. I used to swim in Lake Eerie

Jerralea said...

There are lots of lakes within a 50 mile radius of where I live. My favorite is Arrowhead Lake. It takes me 45 minutes to get there. Totally worth the drive!

Dixie@dcrelief said...

The closest lake to me is 40 mins away and is man made. Your photos are very nice.

Liz said...

What beautiful lakes, and landscapes. We are right next to one lake, and our village lies between two rivers. There is another lake about 2 miles away. We feel very privileged. Our cottage is 600 years old. The lakes are younger!

Maria Zannini said...

Be it pond, stream, or lake, if there's water, there's wildlife. Everybody's gotta drink.

jack69 said...

WE called it the Catawba River, but since we grew up it is now, Lake Norman and Lake Wiley. These are huge lakes hundreds of miles of shore line. But then we do have a lot of water out here.

We were at a Chuck Wagon dinner with the Sons of the Pioneers. The MC said: You may be from ARizona if you do not associate bridges with water. lOL

Saleslady371 said...

A nice break from our desert don't you think? Arizona is not for sissies!

Megan Whitson Lee said...

Sigh! I am wholly and completely a lake-girl. My prayer is to once again live near (or on) Boone Lake in Tennessee. The best memories ever there. Those pictures you shared are gorgeous!

Melissa Sugar said...

I didn't know you had lakes near the desert. I live in Louisiana and we are surrounded by lakes. Our lakes are filled with mazes and channels and trees with hanging Spanish moss that loom over the water like the creatures from some scary movie.

Stephanie Faris said...

Holy cow! I was going to ask if you ever go for walks on those paths, but with all those scary critters around, probably not!

Mevely317 said...

Neat! It’s not uncommon to see coyotes on my morning commute, but I’ve never seen a mountain lion. Unfortunately, these days we’re having to keep our eyes peeled for bees and rattlesnakes.

(As you know, Phoenix boasts some pretty sizeable lakes, but nothing nearby.)

Susan said...

I spent all my summers growing up on Sqaum Lake in NH. I love the wild life, the peace and serenity of the lake.

Jay Noel said...

Wow. Lakes in Arizona. Hopefully California doesn't try to steal your water!

The nearest big lake is about three hours from here. I've got a couple rivers, though!

Lynn Proctor said...

We have some lakes not far-wow the mountain lion-did you see in the news today-the family that found a mountain lion under their stairs!

Paula Kaye said...

We have a couple of lakes close to us. Not nearly as pretty as yours. But I don't think we have wolves or mountain lions here either. Thank God!!

Nick Wilford said...

Lions and wolves nearby your house is pretty mindblowing. Nice looking lakes though!

Elizabeth said...

Your cover photo is beautiful!

I used to live in Arizona as a child and I've never heard of those lakes, the only one I remember is Lake Havasu. Currently, I live within 2 miles of a large man-made lake.

Veronica Lee said...

Our lakes here are not nearly as pretty as yours but our beaches are among the best in the world.

blogoratti said...

Those photos look lovely!

Luana Krause said...

Arizona is beautiful. I've visited Tucson years ago when hubby was at Davis Monthan AFB. We now live in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Our closest lakes include Granite and Crystal just about 25 minutes away.

Linda said...

I love seeing your Arizona lakes. Well, I live in Wisconsin. My address is Shell Lake which is built around Shell Lake (the lake.) Our school plays these towns for sporting events...Rice Lake, Turtle Lake, Clear Lake, Balsam Lake!

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TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

We are surrounded with lakes, creeks and the Tennessee river here in North Alabama. We are have our fair share of wildlife, but I have to say I've never had a mountain lion staring me down! Argg!

How beautiful the Arizona sky is!! And man made or not, the lakes are pretty!