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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.

A Short Hike

Mine and Buffy’s hike started out as usual on the trail edging this lake.

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Tiger swallowtail butterflies flew from this swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) before I could get their picture.

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Aphids covered the upper stems of the few milkweeds.

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Square-stemmed monkey-flower (Mimulus ringens) grew in a dense patch.

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Patches of woodland sunflowers (Helianthus divaricatus) were common in the woods.

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Button bush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) usually attracts  numerous butterflies.

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Ironweed (Vernonia baldwini) is also a butterfly magnet. Only this spicebush swallowtail cooperated for a picture.

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Thunder rumbled behind us. I took a quick picture of this fog fruit (Lippia lanceolata), and we hurried back to the truck.

 

Ripple Variations

  Buffy wanted to visit Jones Lake so she could play in the water. I wasn’t about to argue with her. The sky gradually clouded, and a wind blew as we walked along the lake trail.

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Wind pushed the water into ripples.

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 Blue sky, and sunlit and shadowed clouds created endless designs.

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 Underwater objects could occasionally be seen too,

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and added designs from below.

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I didn’t know what to expect with each picture I took because of the water’s rapid movements.

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Lakes among  snowy mountains?

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An underwater jungle?

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A shrubby plant reflected as a shrubby plant.

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Surface alien beings?

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The alien’s homeland?

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Then I came to a cove with tree and shrub reflections coming toward me.

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The reflections moved SO fast.

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A water creature saying “farewell?”

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While putting this blog together, I began to wonder …

am I observant or easily amused?

An Afternoon Hike

It wasn’t hard for my new 4-year-old grandson to convince me to take him on his first hike.

IMG_1029 crop redWe headed for a local lake where Buffy and I hike often. We followed the lake trail when we got there.

IMG_1028 crop redI couldn’t resist the urge to see if any orbs were joining us.

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Photographing daytime orbs requires sun and a shadowed area/tree to position the orbs in front of. Thin cloud cover makes photographing them easier too.

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I always hold my left hand up to block the sunlight from my eyes and use the camera’s display to locate the sun and orbs.

Jaxson, Buffy and I had a lot of fun. Looks like maybe the orbs did too.