Archive for the ‘Rivers’ Category

Along the Meramec river

For years now, I’ve taken many, many reflective pictures at our cabin up in northern Minnesota, be it of the trees along the lake, the clouds after a storm or of the sun setting at night.

This however, is one of the first I’ve taken along the Meramec river. Nothing like a rainy afternoon to enjoy along the river.

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Tree trunk

So I got my camera back yesterday after a good cleaning and I was just so happy to have it and to go take some picture. Now while I seem have lost the automatic focus, I was still able to enjoy my old standby, Emmenegger Nature Park.

That said, I took plenty of sunset pictures but none of them seem to be exactly what I was looking for tonight, but as usual, a tree trunk see to do the trick.

I must admit it was also nice to look at the sky and not see dust spots. As soon as I figure out the automatic focus, I’ll go back out again and get that memorable sunset picture but until then, trees will do just fine.

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Meramec river

So this past weekend I got the chance to go take as many pictures as possible in Emmenegger Nature Park before my camera battery ran out. I had unfortunately forgotten recharge my backup battery prior to going out.Anyway, this picture turned out this one was one of my favorites.

I was just walking along the edge of the Meramec while the sun was reflecting off the river. I think that’s what really makes the picture, at least to me. It was also nice just getting outside to take some pictures.

Meramec

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Dams & fish

As someone whose always been a supporter of dam removal, this article tonight is a story that I’m hoping with spurn other states to remove more of their dams. The article tonight is entitled “In Delaware, Dams Are Being Removed to Spur Fish Migration” by Jon Hurdle over at the New York Times. It definitely shows people all of the benefits of having a dam removed.

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The mighty Nile

While I live in the city of St. Louis and actually work downtown near the mighty Mississippi river, there is another famous river, the Nile that I’m also familiar with. That’s in large part because of my love for world history and role that the river has played in history. So when I came across this article, and later a second one which goes into greater detail regarding the age of the Nile, I knew I had to post them.

The first article, entitled “Why Nile hasn’t changed course in 30 million yearsby Eleanor Imster over at Earthsky is about something I never really thought about regarding the Nile. It’s the path by which it flows over the earth.

The second article, entitled “Nile River Formed Millions of Years Earlier Than Thought, Study Suggests by Yasemin Saplakoglu is over at LiveScience. It goes more into the issue of the rivers age. A fascinating river and like the Mississippi river, definitely mighty as well.

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Mussels

Now I must admit, I know very little about mussels so when I came across this article, I got the chance to learn a little more. When my kids were younger, we use to come across mussel shells at one of our local nature areas, Emmenegger Nature Park.

It’s located along the Meramec river and at the time, we were able to actually walk right in the river. Most of the shells we came across were just that, the remains of a meal for another animal. These days, you can’t get anywhere near the river. Just a few weeks ago, I took this picture of the river overflowing after a heavy rain.

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It’s hard to tell where the river ends and the riverbank begins. Anyway, the article tonight is entitled “Missouri’s Essential Freshwater Mussels by Stephen E. McMurray over at the Missouri Conservationist magazine.

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The undamming of America

So the headline of tonight’s post, is also the title of a book that I believe I read many years ago by Elizabeth Grossman. Ever since then, I’ve been a strong believer in the removal of dams.

That said, the article is entitled “How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? ‘Maybe 20 Years’ by  over at the New York Times. Meanwhile, I just went ahead and requested the book again to see if it is indeed the one I read.

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Going down

Okay, so as a kid I had the chance to find and explore some caves but compared to this, they were simply pot holes. This cave, located in British Columbia, is humongous and at least to me, pretty cool.

Today’s article is entitled “A ‘Honking Big’ Cave in Canada Lures Geologists to Its Mouth: How did a hole large enough to fit the Statue of Liberty go undetected for so long?” by Emily S. Rueb over at the New York Times. Boy, if I were a kid today, I think I’d be heading first north and then south.

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Deja vu floods

So I have to say, I’m having a feeling of deja vu here in St. Louis as I watch all of the flooding up north, particularly in states like Iowa and Nebraska. I still remember all of the sandbagging we did back in 1993 along the River Des Peres while the water inched up to the edges of the river banks.

In fact, tonight’s article tells what could be an even scarrier story as it says as many as 25 states could be affected by the end of May. The article is entitled “Terrifying map shows all the parts of America that might soon flood

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Ozark rivers

I have to admit that I’ve only been down to the Ozarks a couple of times, to the best of my recollection. I’ve also never had the chance to canoe any of the rivers down there. I have however stumbled up mussel shells along the Meramec river, a little further north in St. Louis, with my kids over the years.

So even though we’ve worked to improve these rivers here in Missouri, according to the article entitled “Andy Ostmeyer: Unsettling Questions Linger Along Ozark Rivers” over at the Joplin Globe, we still have some work to do. Hoping to make Aldo Leopold proud.

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