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 …

Pit Pat Waddle Pat

The mallard ducks are always lurking around somewhere.  The creek that runs down to the Holland River near the train station always has some ducks hovering about.  Today I saw these duck prints coming away from a small hole in …

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 …

Unseen Impact

The ice forms last over the deepest water.  It also doesn’t like to form around protruding rocks.  But there are still other things that impact the river and the ice.  If you’ve been on a lake, you’ll have seen the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

This is the normal