Monday, March 29, 2010

Heel in the stream

Something in the stream caught my eye a few days ago. Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be....

....a heel. Without its shoe. Kind of strange.

We do see a bit of garbage in the stream. Any floating garbage that makes it through all of the brambles immediately upstream from us seems to usually get caught by the fence at the front of our yard (the fence stops just under the surface of the water). Bottle necks from old glass bottles show up periodically in a section of the stream bed about even with our house. We've heard tales of the parties that were held here decades ago, and how bottles were flung off the deck and into the stream. I think we're seeing the evidence!

The other crazy thing of note in the pictures that I took of the heel is how low the stream was, up to a couple of days ago that is. It was low as it was by mid- to late-summer last year. An indicator of a fairly dry spring so far? I'm not sure. But here is a picture of the same area of the stream today, following an afternoon of periodic heavy rain showers passing through --

Most definitely running higher, and muddier, though I don't think you can see the turbidity (muddiness) from my picture.

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