Thursday, March 06, 2008

walk with me wednesday, down to the river

Walks don't always happen on Wednesdays...I take them when I can get them, but this week, I did have a Wednesday walk. It just took me until Thursday to post about it.

I followed the turkey tracks, they point the way...
down...

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I followed the feeder streams...
down...

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down to river...the muddy river...

full and brown, fast and high....places where I had just tracked the bobcat through the snow on Sunday, were now underwater.

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The snow pack is leaving, taking the runoff of top soil with it. The rains and melt are not careful about what they leave behind, they are hurried, urgent, rushing.

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It occurs to me as I post these photographs, how quiet it is. A stark contrast to the voice of river, the stream...the shusshing of the water that gushes by is missing. The river's voice has been loud, and constant these past few days. Instead of lulling me to sleep, it wakes me. It tells me that its time to wake up...time to turn again.

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The Wood thrush returned and so did the marsh marigolds. The wood thrush was one day late of breaking a record for an early return. The last time he arrived this early was 1994. I'm so happy to hear him, it will still be weeks before he comes out of the wood and shows himself.

10 comments:

Pat K said...

Amazing river and stream pictures. A river always has a life of its own.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Our river, Wabash, is still way up. It really feels like spring. But you have a WOOD THRUSH. This would definitely be an early date for us. WOW I love hearing their flute like call. I haven't even gotten out to hear woodcock yet.

Judy said...

I saw a bluebird of happiness this AM. Another little bird told me your river will be roaring again this weekend. Stay dry.

Wanda said...

Do you think that the strong grip of winter has been broken? Or just a tease? The earlier arrival of the birds is a hopeful sign.

Anne said...

We are hoping for a verryyy slow warm-up here. There is SO much snow up in the mts, that the flood risk will be very high if we get too much warmth to soon, but I gotta say I am ready for the snow forecast to QUIT.

elizabeth said...

I love the sounds of the river. You can learn so much. When we go canoeing, I know that when I start to hear the water, a rapid is coming up. You can hear the change long before you can read the water.

Beth S. said...

New growth, how exciting! :-) I keep looking for signs of spring but haven't found them yet.

Sharon said...

Wow, spring really is on its way in your part of the world!

MollyBeees said...

OMGosh! This post was just what I needed. I have a little hope that spring will make it's way here to WI eventually. I SO long to see something green and hear trickling water again!

Delaware River Journal said...

I loved the way You led us down to the river!

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