Sunday, August 26, 2007

Rising Waters

This summer has brought an extraordinary amount of water to places where it shouldn’t be. Seemingly endless rains have sent rivers over their banks in the UK, Bangladesh, Romania, and now the American Midwest.

As a canoeist and kayaker, rivers hold a special place in my life, one of awe, inspiration, and respect. Moving water has a tremendous amount of power. When uncontained by their banks rivers bring disruption at best and devastation in the worst of circumstances.

Our hearts and thoughts are with those around the world affected by this year's extraordinary flooding.

Blind Andy Jenkins & Mary Lee - Alabama Flood.mp3

Flatt & Scruggs - Down in the Flood.mp3

The Country Gentlemen - The Galveston Flood.mp3

The Seldom Scene - Muddy Water.mp3


Blogger The People History said...

We have areas in Southern Wisconsin FEMA has never visited but are currently on site now due to flooding , I am afraid I agree with many that the worlds climate is changing

interesting note ( note the year )

August 31, 1978: 400 of the worlds top climatologists met in Geneva to discuss climate change and if changes in Climate is influenced by pollution.

August 27, 2007 11:10 AM  
Blogger Black Dog said...

Bonsoir, Seems to me that ever since the eclipse of the sun on the 11th of August 1999 things have not been the same. That is summer automn winter spring as we remember them going through time. Now a days you can't get by without a canoe in the garage, big water gumby boots, and in general fishermans apparel with flotation equipment hanging from the rafters if these haven't been lifted off by a 200 mile an hour tornado that creeps up from... nowhere ? Basically we know what's behind this energy phenomenon and stopped reading the oracles because maybe we are all sensationalists at heart.
A dulcimer to sing about it like a harp in the hands of God. The dog days have arrived and so has my birthday. So, thinking of the bus afloat, I salute the courage it takes while the dance goes on and the boat sinks. Throw some dreams out with it, and wish only the best for humanity if it can get it's act together. Then trinque a chin chin with a bon vin claret, it's true that much will go unnoticed but not if the Bus has it's way. Thank's for the reminder.

all thoughts fly... k.

August 27, 2007 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

Great commentary, Ed! I think that the one missing idea with many people on or near water is "respect". It's a force of nature, and it will beat mankind every time. Musically, I loved the Flatt & Scruggs. I've never heard the song before, and it's amazing.

August 27, 2007 5:58 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

The People History,
My in-laws live along the Sugar River in Southern Wisconsin. Fortunately, they reside on high ground. When I spoke to them Sunday they said that much of the village above the dam is submerged and they were taking in neighbors whom were displaced.

Your note, and its date, tells that the warnings of climate change are not the ranting of modern day alarmists. I expect we will see much more of this unusual weather.

August 27, 2007 6:45 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Happy birthday, Black Dog!

Quite a poetic comment today. Let’s hope that humanity will get it’s act together soon.

In the mean time, I raise a glass to you, my friend, and wish you many more years.

August 27, 2007 7:00 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

One would be wise to grant the water it’s due respect.
I’m glad you enjoyed the Flatt & Scruggs.

August 27, 2007 7:15 PM  

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