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