Dry O. C. Fisher Reservoir – San Angelo, Texas


I have been talking about how dry our O. C. Fisher lake was.  Now here is proof, with these aerial photos that were taken and sent to me.  All that is left is that puddle of toxic water that is standing outside the outlet.  Please notice all of the fish kill that has taken place.  The gray area you see is dry lake bed.

You can see the high water mark on the concrete building where the lake level once was back in the mid-sixties.  Then it gradually dropped down to the level just above the outlet openings where it stayed until about a year ago when this latest drought started.

I have been going through some photos of some of the wildlife that used to be in abundance at the lake.  This is an image of an American White Pelican.  We probably won’t see any of them for awhile.  It was while I was taking this photo that a Northern American Bobcat rushed by within 4 feet of Ann, who standing behind me, and nearly knocked her down.  It was chasing a Jackrabbit, and probably didn’t notice us.

American White Pelican

  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon 500mm with 2x tele-converter – tripod mounted.
  • 1/2000 sec. @ f8
  • ISO  400
  • Lens focal distance  1000mm
  • Metering – center weighted
  • Aperture priority

I hoped you enjoyed the photos.  Click on any of them to see enlargements.