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Ponds and Rivers

February 9th, 2008

The rain has certainly filled the pond.  Here’s the stump I like to watch during the year- it’s about 3-4 feet tall and was standing on a dry shelf of grass over summer and fall.   I don’t know how long it will last, but it helps me estimate the depth of the water.  And there’s a few nice Bass that like to hide around it in spring!

Pond stump almost submerged after rain

On the subject of water, we live within a half hour of the Missouri River.  Interesting to consider that Lewis and Clarke paddled and pushed their way up this river with a team of men over 200 years ago.  I’ve been camping and boating on the river… it swirls and rushes along, filled with fallen trees and other wood debris in many places.  When it’s really cold in winter you start to see chunks of ice floating down the river.  I’m not sure if that’s just ice coming from farther north, or if it accumulates because it’s so cold?  I have never seen it totally frozen because the river moves so fast.  But chunks of ice do accumulate on the banks of the river.  The Mississippi River can freeze in places where locks and dams make larger pools and lakes.  But it too generally stays open, which brings many Bald Eagles down from the north to winter here.

Missouri River in winter

2 Responses to “Ponds and Rivers”

  1. Pabloon 10 Feb 2008 at 6:20 am

    My “lake” was more full than I’d seen it since last summer when I visited yesterday.

    I didn’t realize you lived so close to the Big Muddy. I thought you were somewhere down closer to Arkansas.

    I like that stump measuring device you have. I have a couple of similar gauges in my lake, but they always lead to disappointment since the level always goes down in the end.

  2. Beauon 10 Feb 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Glad you got out to see it the lake! I love to visit and explore further all over Missouri and Arkansas, but we’re further north than that. Finally got out to regrade the driveway and such yesterday- it was beautiful!

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