Return to the River   1 comment

Last night, I walked down to the river once more.  I could see the water was higher, and hoped that might help out some of the surviving vegetation.

Note to self:  don’t walk in a burn area while wearing white socks.

Out on the island, it looked pretty bleak.  Pale flashes of wood showed where charred bark had flaked away.

downriver

There were spears of green out there.  Something was sprouting already.  I think, though, that it’s bamboo; a non-native invader.  It’s not marijuana, though.  There have been times in the past when you could have called this “Pot Island”.  In fact, I think the police did.

sprouting

Looking upriver, you could see the limits of the burn easily — and something else.

upriver

It was a couple of male mallards, dabbling unconcernedly.  Or was it three?

ducks

The telephoto showed that it was only two; and a charred snag, floating like a decoy.

duck

If the water stays high for a while, it will certainly help.  There’s not much water up in the mountains, though, so it’s not likely that it will.

I got in another ride today.  Somehow, I always seem to pass through the other side when the crew is doing tree trimming.  This time, it was a little surgery; some wires that were strangling a young cottonwood.  Duffy took a dim view of the thrashing in the treetops, but stayed under control.  We’re doing pretty well together, considering how long it’s been.

 

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Posted May 15, 2013 by stablewoman in Birds, Duffy, Kern River, Nature

One response to “Return to the River

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  1. Beautiful photos and musings about the natural world! I share your connection with Nature and photography. No matter where you reside, there is always awe and wonder. Thank you for sharing your corner of the world with me today.
    Cheers,
    Tyler 🙂

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