Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Take a walk with me....

...along the mighty Mississippi.  My home is on the Mississippi river.  When a day dawns this beautiful, I can't resist a walk along the levee to soak up the rare winter sunshine and see whats up.  It's so warm today that sandals are just fine to wear....I  brought my walking pole just incase I see any coyotes or mean stray dogs....
...this ship is just outside my window....
....the citrus orchards are picked clean....
...sigh...clearing out the woods for a new home....I know it's necessary...but...at least they didn't clear everything...
...that gully is usually full of water....It'll make a great path out to the rocks....
....so still and pretty....
...not for long....here comes a crew boat heading out towards the gulf....
....wow....I think this is the lowest I've ever seen the river....
....you can actually see the sand....
...it's hard to imagine that once the snow starts melting up north the river will reach near the top of the levee....maybe 14 to 16 feet higher?...I have a healthy respect for the strength of the Mississippi...even when it's low...
...can't resist...I've just got to draw something in the sand with my walking pole...hmmm...a graceful bird perched on a delicate twig...
....these look like river pebbles...but when I pick them up...they're really balls of very fine silty clay...wow...I wonder if you could use it to make pottery?...
...see them...don't they look like pebbles...
...ha....coyote tracks....we heard them howling the other night...I gues this one was checking out the sandbar...
...looks like water's been dripping...
...hmmm...dew from the overhanging trees....
....a whole slab of that silty clay stuff out on the sandbar...
...I've never seen this before...it looks like it grew from a vine in the tree...I'll have to look this up...
...this clear area for the pipeline makes a great place to approach the river...
...someone has made a trail through the woods here....I like to follow it....
...whats in this huge old stump?...nothing....interesting anyway...

...there are very old brick fragments everywhere....they look handformed...I wonder what used to be here...I wonder if this old stump was once a beautiful oak planted by a home made of these bricks...or maybe these bricks were part of industry along the river once...the willow leaves seem to be flowing around the brick fragments...
...up there...a coast guard helicopter....
...looks like some citrus left on that tree....
....four ships anchored...I noticed they are anchored further out in the river than they usually are....must be because the river is so low...
...looks like a push boat and a fuel barge....must be going to fuel up a ship....
....things are slowly turning green again...the wildflowers are peeping out...
...the neighbor's palm farm is so pretty...and they are getting really big....
...back home again...wow...my neighbor works so hard...his tree nursery is really pretty...I just wish he'd cut back on the chemicals...
...I've been seeing these little yellow bellied birds chirping in the trees lately....they're really friendly...
...that was fun.

5 comments:

Moni-Q said...

You make me miss home. I enjoyed walking with you. Let's do it again soon.

Love,
NeeKee

The Gingerbread House7 said...

That was a nice enjoyable walk and I didn't get out of breath...just some of the sites were breathtaking :o)
I need to see a large body of water again and soon.

JeanSkirtGirl said...

That was great thanks for the great pic's I love the bird u drew that's like the pic u and I had seen on your computer love carmencita

editor said...

Thank you Thank you! Best post I have ever read and the pictures were fantastic!! Please show the river when it gets high again!

McKenna said...

Oh, I love that Picture!