Leaving a Lake Legacy: A wildlife theme

The Lake Today readers share an abundance of wildlife photography in an expanded ‘Photo of the Week’

In recent weeks, The Lake Today has received a variety of wildlife photography. However, the interesting shots each have a fun story behind them from Lake residents. Tiffany Wilson captured this beautiful photo early one Saturday morning. A common site at the Lake turned into a gorgeous setting as an early morning fog made these cattle stand out in their field.

In recent weeks, The Lake Today has received a variety of wildlife photography. However, the interesting shots each have a fun story behind them from Lake residents. Tiffany Wilson captured this beautiful photo early one Saturday morning. A common site at the Lake turned into a gorgeous setting as an early morning fog made these cattle stand out in their field.

Every week, The Lake Today staff asks its readers to submit in their own real life events, moments and fantastic Lake scenes captured on film for its special section, “Photo of the Week.”

In recent weeks, The Lake Today has received a variety of wildlife photography. However, the interesting shots each have a fun story behind them from Lake residents.

Take a gander at these creative and interesting wildlife photos and read about the moments they were captured from those who took them.

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By Eric Davis

Photo 1: “Running wild” (THIS PHOTO IS NOT FOR SALE)

Photo 1: “Running wild”

Camdenton resident and Lake of the Ozarks Master Naturalist Eric Davis enjoys capturing all sorts of wildlife and natural scenery on film. A former journalist and excellent photographer, he loves submitting in his scenes to The Lake Today.

Pictured here is a large group of wild turkeys making their way through his yard in mid-December. A common occurrence at the Lake is still one to be shared as this group is quiet big and had paused long enough to be caught on film.

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By Wendy Fritz

Photo 2: “Pelicans visit local resort” (THIS PHOTO IS NOT FOR SALE)

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By Wendy Fritz

Photo 2: “Pelicans visit local resort” (THIS PHOTO IS NOT FOR SALE)

Photo 2: “Pelicans visit local resort”

For Wendy Fritz, manager at Knotty Pine Resort, she had to try to capture these beautiful guests to her Lakefront business. Fritz wrote in her submission, pelicans were there daily for about two weeks and are still visiting on occasion, just not in the numbers that they first appeared.

“I just enjoyed watching six of them all day long two days ago, but a few weeks ago there must have been 100 out in front of the resort. It was an amazing sight,” she wrote. “This is located on the 6 mile marker of the Big Niangua by water, off (Route) EE in Greenview by land. I had never seen pelicans at the Lake of the Ozarks before nor had ever known they came through here until now. What a wonderful experience to see these big beauties up close in the wild like this!” Fritz added they are gorgeous and much larger than she realized.

“When they fly they look like a Pterodactyl! This was one of the best wildlife sightings I have ever had in my life,” she said. “I enjoyed them so much and I hope they make this an annual event!”

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By Craig Beach

Photo 4: “Trumpeter Swans” (THIS PHOTO IS NOT FOR SALE)

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By Craig Beach

Photo set 5: “A hawk’s bath” (THIS PHOTO IS NOT FOR SALE)

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By Craig Beach

Photo set 5: “A hawk’s bath” (THIS PHOTO IS NOT FOR SALE)

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By Craig Beach

Photo set 5: “A hawk’s bath” (THIS PHOTO IS NOT FOR SALE)

Photo 3: “A foggy morning in the country”

(See lead photo with online article.)

Tiffany Wilson captured this beautiful photo early one Saturday morning. A common site at the Lake turned into a gorgeous setting as an early morning fog made these cattle stand out in their field.

Photo 4: “Trumpeter Swans”

Craig Beach of Laurie couldn’t resist capturing these beautiful trumpeter swans that gracefully swam on Lake of the Ozarks in early January.

He wrote in submission, “I took these photos on Jan. 3, 2013 at 11:26 a.m. at the end of Mill Creek Cove in the Gravois Arm of Lake of the Ozarks. The temperature was approximately 26 degrees. Beautiful birds to say the least.”

Photo set 5: “A hawk’s bath”

Craig Beach of Laurie saw this hawk standing in the water along the shoreline in the Gravois Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks shortly after noon on Dec. 16.

Beach said the hawk was there long enough for him to grab his camera and get some great shots of the bird bathing in the shallows.

Submitted your captured moments for ‘Photo of the Week’

The Lake Today would like its readers to submit their photos of real life events at the Lake. Maybe your child or grandchild recently enjoyed some Lake Area activity or your house is the talk of the neighborhood because of the decorations you added for the upcoming holidays? Whatever your special moment may be - capture it on film (or digital file, nowadays), and send it to us for publication. “Photo of the Week” is a section The Lake Today will run year round to give our readers a chance to share their special photos with others.

To submit a photo for publication, please send it via email to ceila@thelaketoday.com or editor@thelaketoday.com. You can also mail a hard copy to: The Lake Today, P.O. Box 1387, Lake Ozark, MO 65049. Please include your name, hometown, contact email or phone number, and a brief description of what is happening in the photo. Of course, we are a family-friendly newspaper so please keep your submissions free of derogatory or inappropriate material.

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