Manatee

This manatee was lounging at the bottom of the tank for a long while. I was just about to give up and head to another exhibit when I turned around just in time to see this one surface to take a breath before descending back down to the bottom of the tank again.

The urge to title this photo “Oh the huge manatee” was almost too great.

Manatee

South side of campus to the Campanile

And here’s looking back up (on a different day and from a different direction). The Campanile also figured heavily into my morning (and afternoon) routines, being the signal that I was finally at work and also that I was ready to head home. It’s maybe the most recognizable thing about Berkeley.

Towering Campanile

Reflective Reservoir

Bays Mountain in Northeast Tennessee is home to a large public park with a cool nature center, some pretty hiking trails, and a large reservoir. Sitting in a little bowl on the top of the mountain, and allowing only a single boat (a barge for showing guests around the lake) means that the water is often exceptionally smooth, leading to amazing reflections on days like these.

Reflective Reservoir

Buckeye Dusk

Despite the water in the man-made Buckeye Lake being at the lower winter level over concerns about the structural integrity of its earthen dam, and the ensuing economic problems this causes for local businesses, or maybe because of this, the lake is serene around dusk. Not currently being deep enough for boats, the only disturbances are the odd catfish or blue heron. Very peaceful.

Buckeye Dusk