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Lake Mattamuskeet is in Hyde County, eastern North Carolina, and with its 40,000 acres is the largest natural lake in the state. More than 800 species of wildlife (over 240 bird species) are found on the refuge during part or all of each year. Hundreds of migratory shorebirds find resting and feeding spots along the edge of the lake and through 2,600 acres of marsh impoundments. Although known primarily for its large flocks of visiting waterfowl during the months from November to March, Mattamuskeet also is a home for threatened and endangered species such as the peregrine falcon and bald eagle.

Marshlands, forests and croplands circle the lake and provide habitat for a host of wildlife, including Canada and snow geese, tundra swans and 22 species of ducks that overwinter on the refuge every year. Half of the Tundra Swans in the United States spend the winter on this lake. The lakebed is shallow, ranging from about 6 inches to no more than 5 feet deep. The average depth of the lake is about 18 inches.

Between 1915 and 1932 three companies tried to drain the lake in an effort to transform into farms and residential lots. In each case, after a few years of partial success the company went banckrupt. The legacy of that period is that the lake's size decreased from the initial 100,000 acres to the present day 40,000 acres.

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Featured by the talented Adam :iconadi-emus: in his "Sunrise, Sunset" journal: [link] .

Featured by the talented Penny :iconpswood: in her "Little About Myself" journal: [link] .

Featured by the talented Anne :iconvictorianprincess: in her journal "Silhouettes Contest Winners & Watcher Feature": [link] .

Featured by the talented Ashley Christine :iconmutilatedaudio: in her journal "Rising Stars + Contest Winner Features": [link] .
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Dawnelle-Blue Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009   Photographer
So pretty!! Love the colors! :love:
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loopylass14uk Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
This is absolutely gorgeous. The colour and the light and the silhouettes - everything about it is lovely :heart:
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pswood Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
What fasinating fact about this lake, very nice read also what a beautiful sunset! I featured it here [link]
:wave: :)
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Cristian-M Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Thanks, Penny! :hug:
I mentioned your journal in the image's description. :)
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pswood Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
:aww: thank you so much :hug:
Your very welcome! :)
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stargate4ever23 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart: so gorgeous
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rosaarvensis Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I love these lines on the water, beautiful! :)
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:iconadi-emus:
Adi-Emus Featured By Owner May 29, 2009   Photographer
featured in my journal [link]
have a nice day, Cristian!:wave:
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Dark-Mikey Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Wow, such great lighting
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Sneaky-Snake-Designs Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful shot, I love the colors!
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rubystarpassion Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Have you ever considered adding text to your photos and turning them into postcards?
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:iconcristian-m:
Cristian-M Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Yes, I thought about that, I just don't have the time to try to sell any of my images...
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sassyeggs Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
ha, knew it had to be in that area. :) there's a river in va called the mattaponi. it's actually 3 seperate rivers
(matta, po, and ni) that converge at one point.
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liviugherman Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
amazing, Cristian
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LDFranklin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009   Photographer
Absolutely incredible! Gorgeous capture!
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AmongTheFirst Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
The grass makes a great sillhouette against the water reflecting the orange light
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Cristian-M Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Thanks for the :+fav:s, Allan! :)
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Passion4Photos Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely beautiful, nice capture! :clap:
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nemesdaniela Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
this is really so wonderful...i have no words to describe this beauty..:)..nice place...great shot
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Cristian-M Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Thank you so much for the :+fav:! :)
Lake Mattamuskeet is a beautiful place...
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Gryphonia Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Beautiful capture! Perfect moment :love:
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Misantropia Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Beautiful light.
Nice view of the water.
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