High over Lake Cayuga near Cornell, New York is neighborhood built on rock. We moved often when I was a kid and I always hoped that we would buy a house on a stream. I think I have always loved moving water. My son & daughter-in-law found an apartment in the basement of a house in this neighborhood. Not thirty feet from the side of the house was this stream running from higher still.
Michigan’s cold water trout streams are beautiful places that are usually very wet. The camera on the iPhone 4s made it practical to carry a camera and still do a little fishing. I was looking down in the water and noticed that absolutely fantastic visual things were happening as the water rushed through my legs reflecting the sunlight filtered through the trees.
I was hurting some from the wade and getting in and out of the stream as there were many log jams I just was not going to attempt to climb over. I sat down on this log in the stream and as I often do set my gear beside me on the log.
It has been rather dry this year, and by mid-summer I do not think there will be much water in the river. It could be a tough on the trout. It is usually not a good idea to walk out into what looks like a swamp because it generally is very gooshy. Today I think this would be an acceptable entrance to the woods.
The trees that line the Red Cedar River along the walks and viewed from the bridges that cross the river have had many years to work their magic. Occasionally one will have to be taken down as it in danger of toppling into the river, but in the main they continue their work holding the banks in place night and day.
I had never seen a morehen so the arrival of this bird which kind of looked like a duck but has feet like a chicken required some study to determine its background. So once I determined what it was here is what I found in Wikipedia: “Moorhens, sometimes called marsh hens or river chickens, are medium-sized water birds that are members of the rail family Rallidae. They constitute the genus Gallinula. They are close relatives of coots, and because of their apparently nervous behavior (frequently twitching tail, neck and grinding their backs) are sometimes called "skitty coots". Often, they are referred to as (black) gallinules.”