In the end, Mother Nature will have her way.
That was the main thought on my mind as I stood on what hours before had been Lake Delton. We like to think as human beings, possessing intelligence and using technology, that we can shape the earth to our whims. We can conquer all, build anything anywhere, and force the laws of nature to abide by our desires.
Mother Nature struck back and reminded us all on Monday that we are not in as much control as we would like to think. Lake Delton, a major economic magnet for the Wisconsin Dells area emptied all of its water in just about 4 hours into the powerful Wisconsin River. All that was left was the muddy reminders of what had once been. Piers stuck in the mud, boats arrayed like toys left out by a child, and old tree stumps that had long been covered by water were all that remained.
The history of how Wisconsin Dells came to be is one where business interests trumped the lovers of Mother Nature and natural beauty. Billboard pollution and fake rocks have never excited a wide swath of the public. It seemed in some frightful way that Mother Nature was doing in some small way on Monday what God did at the time of the Great Flood. Trying to cleanse some of the sins away.
Governor Doyle said that the state would work to insure that Lake Delton came back stronger and better than ever. And I am sure that it will.
And I am also certain that Mother Nature is watching. She knows who is really in control.
The high water that had extended well above the beach area drained rapidly as Lake Delton joined the Wisconsin River.
Even after the bulk of the water had left the remaining amounts worked its way through the mud to find an outlet.
Three hours before the man here would have been at least chest high in water.
Ducks found enough water to swim on a dwindling Lake Delton.
The Upper Dells Dam worked over-time to deal with the heavy rains from the weekend.
Tommy Bartlett Water Shows without the water.
Without the water the image is just not as menacing.
This picture above is my favorite of the day. After all the bustle of the day, and the onslaught of reporters and bloggers, it is just the water and mud that remains, making their own ‘footprint’ on the bottom of Lake Delton.