Beau 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!
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.