Today I want to talk about a little winter creek. This little half frozen creek is something I've featured here in the recent past. It didn't used to be a small little creek. It used to be a raging river. That was just a few short weeks ago.
A great benefit of winter is that it has the ability to calm down even the most violent forces of nature. I've shown you a whole lake where the winter ice completely covered and subdued it. It was more of the same with this river.
The last time I was here, I was stopped at every turn by a flood that was caused by melting snow. The snow melt was a result of a sudden warm spell. The warm air released the fury of the water, which must have been angry at being frozen.
Here's what the river looked like last time I was here. The photo at the top shows what it looks like now. In my most recent trip here, I was now able to stand on the log in the bottom right to take my pictures.Last time I didn't dare get that close to the river. This raging river is now a small winter creek.
I still won't move very close to the river in this location, but I can stand right in the middle of it at other places, and other times. I've show what it looks like in the summer before. I'll leave a link to that at the bottom of the post.
Here is another section of this river. This place is hidden to most people. The path leading to it is so small that most people are afraid to travel this far. This place is deep within the park at an area where the trail runs out.
I have only seen one other person here. That person was a man that only gained the confidence to come here because he saw me do it first. He followed me right in, and told me he never knew it was here before.
I didn't mind being his tour guide this time. I don't want my little river to get crowded, but I really don't mind sharing sometimes. I actually like when I can show someone something new, that's why I'm writing this blog right now.
Here's one last shot of this little river. Even this deep freeze can't completely cover moving water forever. It has a way of breaking free of it's confinement. That's good, because it gives the animals around here a good source of fresh water.
The first time I was ever here, I walked right up on three deer getting a drink. They ran immediately after they saw me. I felt bad for interrupting them, and I didn't even get any pictures of them. I'm feeling much better now.
That's it for today, and I'm ready to go. I'll be back tomorrow with more of the show!