I have noticed some big changes lately. The ponds on the way to town are drying up. They were full of water..and looking good…until recently.
Shell River coming out of Shell Lake is a good indicator.
This was last April, just after the ice break up. Water was rushing out of the lake. The water was at the top of those old walkway supports. When I was a kid you could walk over the river there. I used to hang over the edge, shade my eyes from the sun and look for fish in the water.
This was October 03, 2011. The water is barely trickling out of the lake.
Further on down the river a mud bar is visible. Now I am not saying that this has never ever happened before..but if it has..I have not seen it. I took this photo on October 03,2011.
I have seen lots of high water here. This photo was taken last April. I took this one from a slightly different angle. The large Oak with no leaves on it is a landmark.
I hope it rains soon, to fill up the potholes and to fill up the lakes and rivers. I swear I am not doing any Fall house cleaning until it rains. Clouds of dust hover in the air, as soon as the potato harvest is over it might be better. Rain has not interrupted the harvest..yet. It was in the high 80’s to almost 90 degrees yesterday. I was missing the deep shade that our Oaks provide..they have been dropping leaves right and left and we have no shade left. Even Chance searches for shade next to a building.
Changes we all have to go through. Searching for shade to rest out of the sun. Watching the river levels go down. Wondering when the rains will come to calm the filthy air..or will the snow delay those rains until next spring:(