Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday My Town Shoot-Out: Water

 Friday My Town Shoot-Out features photos taken by people all over the world of their communities.  This week's theme is Water: Lakes, Streams - you can see more of this week's wonderful posts here.  These photos were all taken in and around Athens, OH. I wasn't planning on posting, and then I realized what the topic was, and we spend so much time with water here, I couldn't resist. The photos are from months past...
The Hocking River runs in a bend around our town.  There are a couple of place nearby that we can walk to to check on what it's doing.  Is it higher than last week? Browner? Carrying more debris? We had a month earlier in the spring when there was ample flooding, and the rise was easily visible.
Just under the bridge near our home, there is a pile of debris that grows with each rainy period.  This one has been there long enough for something fairly large to be growing on it! I can't tell quite what it is, but it looks a little like jewelweed.  We came across some utility trucks attempting to dislodge the pile one day, but as far as I could tell it had amassed its regular size within a week or so.  I appreciated the effort though!
There is also a brown muddy lake nearby that we go to in all kinds of weather; something about water draws us to it.

We have fished in this lake, but caught nothing yet.  The girls here discuss the size of the fish they might have seen.  We do see lots of geese and heron and the occasional turtle.
This is the closest option for "natural" swimming, meaning, not in a pool (not the other kind of natural!).  I think the water is pretty disgusting, but I'm spoiled by the memory of spring-fed crystal clear lakes of Wisconsin...sigh.  It does not daunt the girls in the least.
We spend quite a bit of time walking in and around and through the creeks around here.  
 Every "holler" has one, and most of the hikes we take have trails that intersect or follow one creek or another.  This is my favorite type of water around  - full of microscopic life, its vitality and movement draw me...
Water Strider shadow bubbles
 

12 comments:

Phyllis said...

Very nice photos.

GingerV said...

very nice story and photos. love the girls on the dock discussing!

The lagoa in Rio also is not for swimming - though guys go in to net fish - I am glad there is no swimming or there would be a millon people from the surrounding favelas there all the time, then crime and garbage - better it just be beautiful on the surface. LOL!

Sarah said...

Awwww that was wonderful!! I just love seeing all the pictures of the girls just having fun! Loved the one where they were talking!!
Wonderful shoot out!

Pauline said...

Love the photos and the text. That first shot of the little girl peering down at the water captures my imagination, I just have to wonder what she is seeing.

Pauline said...

Love the photos and the text. That first shot of the little girl peering down at the water captures my imagination, I just have to wonder what she is seeing.

SOL said...

That first photo is wonderful--it has a professional/artistic feel.

Manang Kim said...

Those photos are beautiful!! Happy weekend!


FSO~The pond

Jama said...

I enjoyed walking along with you around your river and creek, a wonderful short trip with the beauty permanently ingrained in my memory.Thanks to your beautiful photos.

Cheryl said...

Some of these shots remind me of places I've been. The shot with the hills in the background brought a sweet bit of peace to my soul.

Doreen said...

nice series of water shots! I must say the first one is my fav. makes me wonder ..... what is she thinking and seeing?

Ann said...

The spider web is spot on!!!! and you found "Charlotte" later on.

~JarieLyn~ said...

wonderfully done. The first shot is very nice but I really like the second photo. I just want to hop on a boat and see what's around the bend.