Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Along The Winter Creek




Sunday afternoon Jo and I and the dogs decided not to walk our normal route and walk along the winter creek that runs through our place instead. (The dogs certainly didn't object. Rusty and Bucket are always ready to go and don't really care where.) Walking the creek is more like exploring. You cannot manage anything close to a walking pace because of the steep sides and all the rocks and boulders strewn about.





The creek should be flowing this time of year, but we haven't received enough rain this year. There were just a few pools of water scattered along the way. There were also "pools" of loose, dry leaves where the water should have been. These leaf pools made walking even more treacherous. A few of the larger ones were waist deep. A pool of water you can see, but when you step off into a pool of leaves, you think you're stepping onto firm ground, but step off into nothingness instead. Both Jo and I fell several time. Fortunately, there were no hidden rocks where we fell and the leaves provided a soft landing. We completely lost sight of Rusty when he unknowingly jumped off into one of the deeper leaf pools. He quickly dog paddled to the surface and swam onto firm ground.





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9 comments:

Stacie said...

I've never fallen into a "leaf pool." Only jumped into a leaf pile. Sounds fun, if there are no rocks or sticks to fall on!

Mary said...

Sounds scary to me (I tend to break ankles) and stepping into nothingness makes me shudder - be careful out there!

oldmanlincoln said...

Some of those slabs reminds me of the Miami and Erie Canal locks that are busted up and laying around the Stillwater River. Sure are nice shots.

lv2scpbk said...

nice nature shots. Visiting from Tom's blog.

mon@rch said...

I have never met a dog who didn't want to go for a walk with there owner! LOL! And interesting on the amount of rain can do!

Tom said...

Nice pictures Marvin, are those blocks of limestone?

Tom

Marvin said...

There's plenty of limestone in, under and around the Ozarks, but the surface rock in our immediate area is sandstone.

Lana Gramlich said...

Ooh--be careful!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It sounds like you, Jo and the dogs had quite an adventure. That last photo is lovely.