Sardis Lake is a 98,520-acre (398.7 km2) reservoir on the Little Tallahatchie River in Lafayette, Panola, and Marshall counties, Mississippi. I took these images over the lake early in the morning when the sun was at an angle that brightly, intensely lit up the amazing earth colors. The Tallahatchie River runs 230 miles (370 km) from Tippah County, down through Tallahatchie County, and on to Leflore County, where it flows into the Yalobusha River to form the Yazoo River. The river is only navigable for 100 miles (160km).
Zedekiah: “This is an early morning photograph I captured of the Little Tallahatchie River as it flows through Lake Sardis in Mississippi. I love the surrounding ambrosial marshlands, it amazes me the amount of life in this picture! The colors in nature are stunning. I find beautiful places that can only be seen from up above the ground. This is such a place. One morning as I was flying westbound at a couple of thousand feet above ground just after sunrise on a clear winter morning I came upon this view. The colors were stunning.”
As part of the Flood Control Act of 1936, the federal government constructed an earth-filled flood control dam on the Tallahatchie near the town of Sardis, Mississippi. This created Sardis Lake to protect the town and surrounding area from flooding. Tallahatchie is a First Nations Choctaw name meaning “Rock of Waters.” This name derives from the source of the Tallahatchie River which has outcrops of iron sandstone.
The following image is a close up of the Little Tallahatchie River which flows into and from Sardis Lake. This image was lensed on the eastern side of the lake from an altitude of about 2,000 ft (609 m) and clearly shows the numerous rivulets and ambrosial marshes that propagate along the river as it shifts its course over time, building up sand and then altering a course around those sands to create new river paths. And in the course of this constant shifting, creating wetland marshes and swamps along the way.
This area is all part of the Yazoo River Headwaters, an area formed by the confluence of the Tallahatchie and the Yalobusha rivers and all part of the vast geographic region known as the Mississippi Delta. One thing for sure, when flying above this area, Sardis Lake stood out very clearly with its vibrant multi-colored hues, especially against the large green and lush delta landscape under such a deep blue sky!
In this image below, I captured this as I was turning in the bush plane, and I just think it is a cool view like this… one of these days I would love to take a canoe trip along the river! I bet the fishing is awesome!