Recently I had the opportunity to take a boat ride on Lake Jocassee in South Carolina as part of a Master Naturalist class. The Loons were still around and naturally I was eager to capture these winter residents. Until this class, my loon knowledge was from seeing them in the 1980’s movie with Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond. Who knew they actually migrate to this lake in the South Carolina foothills but they are pretty spectacular. They like clear waters since they are sight feeders and they can dive 200 feet and stay down for roughly 5 minutes. Impressive! This also means Lake Jocassee is a “clean” lake which is great news considering how pollution has damaged so many of our lakes and streams.
Common Loon (Adult) on Lake Jocassee
A few weeks later I went back to photograph the Oconee Bell. This little wildflower is a favorite among naturalists and it’s only seen around Lake Jocassee and in a few spots of the NC Blue Ridge Escarpment. It flowers early and low to the ground so that means on the belly for the good photos like this close up.
Check it out sometime and tell Brooks and Kay I sent you. They offer great boat tours year round, weather permitting, Jocassee Lake Tours.