Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Walker River, a Carving Force of Nature

Photo observations: water the interconnection  

The element water can be an awesome force of nature as it cuts through desert floors and carves out canyon walls.  On a mild winter day I stopped to check out one of my favorite wildlife retreats at Weber Reservoir.  While I was appreciating the nice blue color reflected in the water of the Walker River, I glanced at the deep edges of the bank that was highlighted in the afternoon sunlight.  


How much water and how long did it have to flow to excavate these deep walls, I pondered?   And I thought, if only walls could talk! 

I started to approach the cliff that was obtrusively sticking out on the opposite side of the bank only to see a crack in the dirt just a few feet from its edge.  Logic marred my photo quest and I realized that if it gave way while I was standing there, I would fall 30 feet down to the water with a ton of dirt covering me.   We do have earthquakes in this region.


Looking across the river to the sculpted hills, I just imagined the forces of water that made these impressions.  I then became aware that at this moment my photos were actually documenting scenery which will not remain unchanged.  The Walker River is fed predominately from snow melt as it originates from the Sierra Crest. As the waters flow and the rains come, what is here today may not look the same with the passage of time.  A feeling of nostalgia crept over me.


Walking along a tree lined bank, I felt so in touch with this natural environment.  It was quiet on this day and the area was void of humans.  What a feeling of serenity and being in the moment. 


Just then a big dark bird flew off from the bank right across from where I was standing.  As it became airborne and in focus, to my surprise I realized it was a golden eagle.  What a rare treat and a species of bird with which I hold a deep emotional bond.


Water, the element of nature provides the interconnection with all the habitats in this thriving wildlife retreat.  Through its driving force water has carved the byways, allowing its flow to nourish and sustain this natural environment.   As the sun was dropping low, I started my departure still wondering how long this unique landscape would remain as it was on this nice winter day.


What an exciting and interesting photo-adventure this day has been.  I love it when I am drawn to an area and not knowing what to expect I get treated to new experiences. 

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