Sunday, October 9, 2011

Up on a smaller tributary

At about Mile 313.1 or 313.2, a stream known as Twelvepole Creek flows into the Ohio River. Several miles above its mouth is a dam that provides recreation and flood control, in theory. At the farthest reaches of the pool created by the dam is Beech Fork State Park, one of my favorite places that's not along the Ohio River itself.

This morning I went up there to read a little about what some scholars call the deutero-Pauline epistles. That task done, I grabbed the camera and took advantage of a cool fall day with a still lake. Here is a sample of what I saw. As usual, some of these pictures worked and some didn't. I'll let you decide which is which.

First, why are some leaves floating almost motionless in the sky?

Surface tension.

Sun, water, grass.


Water, sun, grass, leaves and such.

This is not a snake or a worm. This is the reflection of a contrail. Or, for conspiracy theorists, a chemtrail.

The zebrapocalypse that wasn't

About 20 years ago, zebra mussels were found in the Ohio River. In my part of the river, at least, they haven't been the doomsday invasion that was predicted. Here's why.