one of the harbingers of winter solstice here is the eagle; we have 2-3 this time of year that perch in the trees overlooking the river, watching for the salmon as they make their return home. such magnificent birds, i'm in awe of everything about them.
walter and i put on our boots and took a walk along the river saturday - a more perfect way to celebrate the changing season i can't imagine, this land and river flow through me. the river looked so clear and the most beautiful shade of sea green.
this small stump, with all it's teeth marks, is the richest golden brown
the flood waters mysteriously left us this bench that came from who-knows-where upstream, exactly where and how you see it....we plan to leave it right here, it faces the river, the spot feels perfect.
a view of what used to be part of our trail. i love how the river changes everything, everything is new now... see that piece of carpet wrapped around one of the trees on the left? we've found all kinds of stuff lodged in the trees, brought down river during the flood, including a wheelbarrow, 5 gallon gas cans full of gas, a picnic table, and much more. it's impossible to returnthem to their owners as it could be anyone upstream for miles. we're missing a few things after the flooding too, and i hope they found good homes somewhere downstream.
these downed trees weren't here before but we are happy for the natural burm we now have protecting a section of shore that has been eroded by the river for years. there is no way to stop the river - it does and will continue to do whatever it wants, part of it's wild beauty.
i leave you with a slivered glimpse of some of my christmas handiwork; i'll be showing you full views after the holidays. i lift my mug full of eggnog up in the air, a toast to you, cheers!!