Exaggerated Tracks

An animal crossed the river, leaving tracks behind.  Then the snow must have been scoured away from the edges, which were damp and perhaps frozen.  It left these very lumpy tracks across the river, probably significantly exaggerating the size of the creature that made them.0

Hanging On

There are a number of trees along the river that dangle their furthest branches in the river.  When the water rises, it covers these branches further, which makes for interesting eddies in the river.  They also catch all sorts of debris that normally would float by.  Ice forms when the water is high and then, …

Green Limb

I’ve begun to be more curious about the odd colorations on tree limbs.  Sometimes you’ll find a white striping, for example, or some other growth or coloring that is different from the rest of the tree.  The green lichen on this branch stood out today, with the tree bare of leaves and the leaden rainy …

Water Line

I have never noticed before how often the water level shifts in the river.  When we have any form of precipitation, rain or snow, the level moves up and down far more than I would have expected and far more quickly.  The ice on the bank formed while the water was up but you can …

Snow Exposure

One thing I have started to realize is that, in some places, the humans that made these trails either placed them on higher ground or else graded areas into level paths.  It means that, in many places, there is a quick drop off from the path and possibly marshy low areas nearby.  Snow is wonderful …

Confluence

When two rivers run into each other, there is often a way to identify the water of one from the other.  Perhaps its the current itself, or the color of the sediment the water is carrying.  A storm drain was emptying last night’s storm into the river, and you can see where the deeper, more …

Fog, not Fire

Mist often lies over the entire river bank like a blanket.  It curls among the trees and covers the river as much as the plants and footpath along the sides.  Today, it floated only over the water, looking a bit like smoke from a fire poking up amongst the weeds.

River Levels

There is a run-off channel that leads into a pond.  The pond is usually home to ducks, a killdeer, the heron, and other wildlife.  When the water rises, though, it must play havoc with the residents.