You shouldn't be able to see any of the open vistas below from the location of the photographer (me).
The pictures show Rodman Reservoir in the midst of a serious drawdown. Drawdowns are generally good for impoundments, they allow muck deposits to oxidize and new plant growth to colonize the bottom.
When the impoundment is reflooded, fish populations generally rebound dramatically for a time until things stabilize again.
If you support keeping Rodman as a 9,000 acre lake, then the scene above should be underwater.
If you support removing the dam and restoring this section of the Oklawaha River to river floodplain, then the scene above should be bristling with young cypress, maple, and gum trees on either side of the original river channel.
You can probably guess where I stand on the issue. I'm not insensitive to fishing guides and bait shop owners who generally support keeping the reservoir, but there are bigger issues here and fishing will not end when the dam is removed.
A lot of people have worked for a very long time to protect and restore this river. A good timeline on the issue is found here.
On a cold, windy day recently, these bundled fishermen were working the river channel that snakes through a devastated river floodplain exposed by low lake levels.
Ever adaptable, the fisherfolk now must drive far past the reservoir boatramp to reach the river channel.
I am standing at the top of the reservoir boatramp where boats are launched at full lake level.
I hope someday to stand here and see nothing but growing trees, not stumps of former giants.
In the meantime, I did tromp out there to explore a bit.
Yes, it was cold, wet, and muddy ...
... but that's another post.