Lower World Exposed

Twelve inches on rain fell in in one day in Harrisburg, Illinois on May 6, 2008. Needless to say, the area had major flooding. We live on a hill just outside town and had no damage.

The same storm system produced flooding strong enough to expose the “lower world” near a lake where I used to hike.

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The height of my best friend offers scale to the changed landscape. The following pictures were taken on an earlier trip when I discovered the flood results.

The lake  is to the left behind the hill.  A creek was dammed up to form it.

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Rocks aren’t debris, even though this looked like a debris field

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The water also left interesting-shaped mounds of sand over the landscape. Their size and shapes varied considerably.

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Notice the height of the sand, soil and rocks that had traveled a considerable distance.

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Walking took a lot of concentration … and energy.

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I sure had to wonder how such a variety of rocks were shaped and ended up underground. It had to take eons.

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These stones were limestone, if I remember right.

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There’s a lot of exposed sandstone in the surrounding hills.

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The round stone looked like it belonged in a grist mill.

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I wondered what wildlife might have been hiding back in the tunnels/cavities, waiting for me to leave.

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The road to the lake used to be straight ahead and tad left.

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It would’ve been handy to have a geologist along for the hike … but that would’ve been a distraction. It was just me and Buffy, alone to explore.

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My truck stopped way back  here.

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Here I followed the narrow remains of the road into Millstone Lake.

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The levee is near the upper left corner of this picture.

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The water rose high enough in the lake to go over a low area between here and the levee.

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The area was grown up by the end of the year, and didn’t have anywhere near the character by then.

I wasn’t upset with the changes resulting from the storm. Instead, I stayed excited, going from one discovery to the next, as I explored the “lower world.”

The forces of nature always fascinate me.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Therese on December 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Amazing photos! It was a bittersweet experience. I was provided an opportunity to see what was “beneath me as I walked” but saw the devestation that was partly due to man’s interference with nature due to erosion. THanks, Kathy.
    Finally…who is that gnarly old lady in the first picture?

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  2. The power of water is amazing! It’s too bad anytime there is a flood, but you don’t have many chances to explore land that hasn’t seen daylight in a few million years. I’d like to have a couple of weeks to look it over.

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  3. Great pictures, I love the stone formations! Happy 2014 🙂

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