Water and Its Origins

May 5, 2017

BW photograph of a wet black rock with white water moving past.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

It is raining here today-sometimes quite hard.  Thunderstorms are in the offing, too.  Given the amount of rain that has already fallen and that which is forecast to come tonight and tomorrow, Morgan Run should prove to be quite active-the volume of water may exceed its banks.   In general after a rain, the water can induce a sense of serenity, and I often go to Morgan Run just to sit and listen.  It is a treat to hear the different sounds the movement creates-it can be the gentle rhythm of a soft ripple in the slower, shallower areas, or more of a rumble in the tightly enclosed chutes within the rocks.

The running water and the storms generating it this week in the Mid-West  have been producing an altogether different effect and response.  Many levees along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers have overtopped.  (As an important aside, The Control of Nature, by John McPhee contains an important read with regard to our efforts to tame mighty bodies of water.)  When growing up, the basement of my house flooded twice.  I can distinctly remember standing at the top of the stairs watching the water rise, watching the Christmas ornaments floating on the dark water.  The noise of the pumps used to remove the water left an impression, too.  Then, there was the smell of the aftermath.  While those memories are still quite strong, they do not compare to those described in the first link above-condolences to all who experience losses in this most recent batch of weather.

Severe storms and flooding are but one manifestation of climate change.  This point becomes magnified as the current President is mulling over the United States’ reneging on the Paris Agreement.

It is also important to remember that it is not yet summer.

Take care.

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