What’s that mysterious perturbation on the water surface on the right?
Maybe you thought the bench in the first photo was Rich’s bench -- it’s not. It’s Kayla’s bench, nearby on higher ground. Rich’s bench is at the tip of the red arrow in the first photo.
This was Rich’s bench a month ago ...
and then last week ...
and now today -- just a minor perturbation on the surface of the water.
|Kayla's in bench in lower right corner; Rich's bench in center.|
My cottonwood tree used to be accessible by land. Now one needs a boat. It’s standing on an island between the river channel and an overflow stream.
River channel on right, overflow on left, my tree in center.
The river has taken over large areas of low land, as it often does in spring.
I like it when the river floods -- it makes my neighborhood seem a little bit wild. I like watching its changing form. Ducks and shorebirds show up to take advantage of the overflow, and the beaver are out more, not sure why. Maybe they like it when parts of the walking/biking path are underwater and people stay away. A few times I’ve seen beavers munching on the soft herbaceous plants that grow along the edge of the path -- like evening primroses and dandelions.
I like it when the Laramie River flows swift and full, as it's doing now. It even drowns out the sound of trucks on the highway a short distance west! That's a real river.
This news really belongs in my June tree-following report. But I couldn’t wait -- it’s too exciting! Check the post of June 8 for more.