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THE RIVER

Thursday, April 22, 2010

If you approach the River for the first time, fresh from “civilization”, it seems quiet, peaceful and empty. If you are still and observant, you find the truth is that the river is teaming with life, struggle, beauty, birth, death and transformation. It’s a microcosm of the universe and you can lose yourself in its intricacies.

The River itself is a living thing. It has its moods which range from dark and ugly to shining and beautiful. Somewhere in between is awesome, raging, and breathtaking. It can be all of these in one twenty-four hour period.

Here in Central Texas even a small river has some fascinating secrets; unique episodes of nature waiting to be discovered. Once, while walking along the river bank, I smelled an unusual musty odor. I followed my nose to a clump of weeds and gently parted them with my hand. There was the opening to a small den, not large enough to be called a cave, but deep enough to hide a mother bobcat and her kittens. Mom was gone to lunch, fortunately, and I resisted the impulse to scratch those kittens behind the ears.

I found a gator floating, looking like the log he was pretending to be.

Trees with branches bending down to kiss the water.

Fish lurking under the shelf of rock that projects from the bank.

Turtles that lined up on a fallen tree and splashed into the water one at a time as I approached.

Birds watching from the overhead branches.

Snakes skimming the surface.

Racoons feeling of the mud.

Deer bending low to drink.

Ducks flying low.

Turkey roosting nearby.

Owls nesting in the rocks.

But the River never gives up all its secrets. No matter how long you stay there, how many times you visit, the ever-changing world of the River has ever-lasting mysteries.

I once lived high on a hill overlooking a river. People would travel to the slough beneath my house in their boats. It would take them about an hour to get there from the closest boat ramp. They thought they were out in the wild, away from everyone. I could hear every word they said while sitting on my porch. A river is also a sound tunnel.

Karen
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  • WYWIWOMAN
    Wonderful imagery, Kren. I can picture the river as you have seen some of its parts. It reminds me of hanging over the side of a small bridge over a creek. So many fish, darting bugs and other things that one can easily miss if simply 'taking a walk'. Thank you.
    3374 days ago
  • SUPREME5
    YES AND THE SAME WITH A SHORELINE ON THE WEST COAST OR ON THE PRAIRIES THERE IS NATURE ALL AROUND US AT ANY TIME OR PLACE JUST LEAN BACK AND RELAX AND ENJOY THE SOUNDS YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT WHAT YOU HEAR AND SEE
    THANKS FOR POSTING THIS BLOG GREAT
    DORENE
    3375 days ago
  • READINGDOC
    Thank you for a beautiful word picture and journey on your river.
    3375 days ago
  • FISHINGLADY66
    You do have a wonderful gift of painting beautiful pictures with your words. When I go to our lake on weekends, I have noticed all these things. I love sitting at the table, in our camper trailer, and watching out the window, which overlooks our lake, at all the wild life around the lake. We have a few Blue Heron that live on our lake, they are so beautiful to watch. There is also a lot of Turkey that just linger in the meadow, if our dog doesn't chase them and scare them off. And of course, we see the Deer roaming through the woods. Thanks for bringing the thoughts back to my mind.


    3375 days ago
  • JUSTJO66
    What a beautiful picture of the River. Kind of makes me think of that movie so long ago with Brad Pitt... I think it was "A River Runs Through It" or something like that.... My Dad always loved the rivers, too. I've spent many a night camping out, sleeping on the ground next to a river (while my dad fished) when I was a kid. We couldn't even afford a tent :o) but as a kid..I didn't care. In fact it is inscribed on my Daddy's tombstone "I'll meet you at the river."

    Thanks,
    Jo
    3375 days ago
  • PJSTIME
    I love the outdoors like you do. The world is full of beauty if we just look.
    3375 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    You are very talented with words! I could see the river and all the wonders of nature as I was reading. A group of ladies and I enjoyed the beauty of the mighty Mississippi River last weekend as we walked along the boardwalk viewing murals of history events painted on the retaining walls.
    3375 days ago
  • WANDAC2013
    What a great blog...I love exploring nature and enjoying all the ewonders!!!
    3375 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    We used to have a tri level cabin on the river and this brought back fond memories.
    3375 days ago
  • NANCYRUBIO
    There is nothing like "Mother Nature" to bring peace to your soul. emoticon
    3375 days ago
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