Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers – 2

Dammed lakes are containers of water for multiple uses: drinking water, recreation, flood control. McKinley Lake in our town’s primary public park was originally dammed to supply water to the local rail industry in the late 1800’s*, covering over 40 acres. It now serves the sole purpose of public recreation.

Help me out if you can identify the wild flowers that grow on the bank of the lake.

Here are a few more containers I saw on my morning walk.

HERE is a link to how others are interpreting the theme, “containers.”

*History from the McKinley Lake Restoration Project website

“The lake on the west edge of Creston was originally built in 1874 by the C.B. & Q Railroad. The lake was forty-five acres in size and was created by damming up a creek that drained thirty thousand acres of land. The entire land area including the lake was an 80 acre tract.  They built it with the purpose of creating a Holly System of Waterworks. A 7 inch water main brought water directly to the center of town from the Lake. It provided water to the Round Houses and Machine Shops as well as many downtown businesses. A communication system was developed so the yard manager could tell the waterworks supervisor when more water must be sent up. In the winter ice was cut from the lake for railroad use between Burlington and Council Bluffs. All the ice used in Creston was also cut from the lake.”

6 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers – 2

  1. From what I have found on the internet, it appears that the second flower below is lythrum salicaria – a water-side plant. Still looking for the other one. 🙂

    Joyce Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:13:38 +0000 To: joyce7137@hotmail.com

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  2. Okay, the first flower appears to be asclepias incarnata (Red Swamp Milkweed).

    Joyce From: joyce7137@hotmail.com To: comment+pdo06jhmivs5t0caer3nk8q@comment.wordpress.com Subject: RE: [New post] Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers – 2 Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:02:11 -0500

    From what I have found on the internet, it appears that the second flower below is lythrum salicaria – a water-side plant. Still looking for the other one. 🙂

    Joyce Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:13:38 +0000 To: joyce7137@hotmail.com

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    • Thanks, Rene. All of these were taken with my Moto X phone and some Google editing. Nice to have the versatility of phones, now, allowing you to take some quick shots without lugging camera equipment, especially while exercising.

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