I live very close to Schell Osage Wildlife Reserve
I have a Schell City address but I really do not live in Schell City.
I really live a few miles away out in the country.
There really is not a lot left of the small town. I believe it was once a railroad town
and when the railroad moved on the town just more of less died.
As a kid I remember a hardware store, a small gro. store, a bank and a museum.
The town still has a post office and a cafe or two and a bank but not a lot else.
I drive though the reserve once in a while.
My last trip through
I took some photos of Atkinson lake.
We are something like 14 inches behind in rainfall so the lake is really low.
I am not sure I ever remember it being this low before.
In this photo I am standing at the edge of the road.
I can remember when the water would lap over onto the road.
It has not done that in a long time! and it looks like it might be a long time before it will again.
If you look closely in the distance is the road I was standing on in the earlier photo.
Lots of dry land.
It is sad to see the lake so low.
As a kid I spent quite a bit of time on the reserve.
I was hoping to see some Eagles that day but all I saw was one field of snow geese.
I sat and listened to them chatter for a bit before I moved on.
Just another area that should have more water in it.