Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Lake at Barney Schwartz Park in Paso Robles

Pond at Barney Schwartz Park in Paso Robles, © B. Radisavljevic

Yesterday I pictured some children enjoying the  various levels of Barney Schwartz Park they could use for riding their scooters. I also discovered there is a small lake (one million gallons) where children can fish without a license. (Adults do have to get licenses.) I was surprised to see a lake here considering how short Paso Robles is of water. (They are rationing when and for how long we can water our landscaping, and the Board of Supervisors is imposing new ordinances that prevent some farmers and vineyards from planting new crops.)


Turtles on a Rock, © B. Radisavljevic



The lake is attractive, and the many turtles make it even more so. Most of the rock tops are occupied by the turtles.  I'm guessing that they help keep the mosquito population down by eating the larvae in the lake before they hatch into adult mosquitoes. Here is a closer look at the turtles on a rock.



One of the most attractive features of the lake is the small waterfall that seems to fill it or recirculate the water from the other side of the bridge.

Waterfall at Barney Schwartz Park, © B. Radisavljevic

Do you have lakes, creeks, rivers, or oceans near you?