It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet.... As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye... ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn. ~Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Conversation with the River

I went again to the river, along the old road that drops down into the river canyon.

The river is low and moving very slow right now because of the dry winter we are having. It's the lowest I've seen in 20 years. It seems to struggle and yet it keeps moving.

This is the great Mokelumne River. It carries memories. It has seen many things, many changes. This river knows that we are  visitors. We will only be here for a short time and then there will be change. 

"Rivers know this: there is no hurry."

 

 " Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge... 

   and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you,

  you will suddenly know everything there is to be known."

 

 

"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember.

 You are braver than you believe,

 stronger than you seem,

 and smarter than you think.

 But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. I’ll always be with you.“ (In my heart.)

"Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind."Pooh?" he whispered.

"Yes, Piglet?"

"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand. "I just wanted to be sure of you.”



 This post is about my love for the Mokelumne River. I go there, as Piglet would say, "to be sure..." To look at it and listen to it... to think and remember. 

California's rivers are suffering from the drought and man's excessive use of water. Maybe " mother nature" is telling us that we need to pay attention. Please conserve water. Each person is responsible for their own efforts.

I will be gone for a few days. See you next week.

6 comments:

Brian Miller said...

hey i need your river as a life coach....smiles.

Madeline's Album said...


Beautiful post. Have a safe trip. See you when you get back. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Barbee' said...

Beautiful!

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Yes! And wholeheartedly I agree with you! We are so naive as a species about the importance of such things but I for one feel fortunate to know the precious value of water. Sometimes I curse the lack of it in the dry months and wade through it in the wet months but ALWAYS thank the heavens for the beauty of it.
Have a good break wherever you are.

Nancy Kay said...

Beautiful post; couldn't agree more. And what lovely winter pictures of the river.

Debora said...

So beautiful. There is serenity in rivers. Have a good few days off.