Trip to Conowingo Dam

A trip to the Conowingo Hydro Electric Plant recently was a near total bust as the access road was badly damaged by flash flooding, leaving much of it closed of by Natural Resources authorities. I was able to hike in on foot for a distance but ended up far from my target, the catwalk across the dam. I'll have to make a return trip in the future for that. I was so far away that not even half of the dam was visible. The image below was shot from a pretty good distance. You can see the coffee like water, churned up by the dam's outflow and filled with runoff from the not long departed severe storms. I've fished this area many times and the water is usually a pretty greenish brown as it makes it's way downstream to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay some 10 miles away. I had never seen this area in such condition, so the trip was disappointing to say the least.

Conowingo Dam - Main Control House
Conowingo Dam - Main Control House

Along the banks of the river was an egret standing tall and obviously looking for food, a mate or something as it seemed quite interested in something offshore. I was able to sneak this shot from a distance without disturbing the peace. :-)

Egret on the Lookout
Egret on the Lookout

After waiting about ten minutes for a better view or perhaps to catch the bird take-off in flight, there was nothing doing. I moved on and left nature to itself.

The drive back across the dam is breathtaking, an intimidating view to some who require assistance driving across the narrow two-lane structure. Perhaps I'll return here in the Summer when the usual beauty is here to capture.

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM