Monday, October 08, 2007

My River

The Virginia State Fair ended this past weekend and the National Folk Festival starts this coming weekend. For the past dozen years or so it has been common knowledge that if it’s State Fair time, it must be fixing to rain. For the past dozen years the fair has been dampened by rain. Last year’s National Folk Festival was also cool and damp.

The temperatures at the fair this past weekend were in the 90s and it has been so dry for so long, I can’t remember the last time it rained. The rivers are dry. We have been under water use restrictions for some time now.

In the photo above, my younger son and I are playing at our favorite spot on the Appomattox River. Picnic Rapid has a large water-worn rock mid river that creates a wonderful hole with a strong standing wave behind it.

The photo above was taken about this time last year. Contrast that with this photo, taken this year.
This is the same spot, although shot from a different angle, as the photo above. The large rock just left of center in this picture is the cause of our favorite play hole and wave above. It is completely exposed, surrounded by not much more than a trickle.

For the past few years the river has not been as full in October. Each year there has been a little less water to drink, wash our clothes, irrigate crops, and to paddle.

Woody Guthrie - The Great Dust Storm.mp3

Pete Seeger - The Faucets Are Dripping.mp3

The Country Gentlemen - Come and Sit by the River.mp3

Tom Paxton - My River.mp3

6 Comments:

Blogger lynne said...

Ed, have you been to this site !!??
http://www.juneberry78s.com/erbfiddlers/erbfa.html

October 09, 2007 5:33 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Yes, Lynne, Juneberry is a wonderful resource.

October 09, 2007 5:54 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

Ed,
Great posts, as usual. I noticed that the composer of the Pete Seeger song is Malvina Reynolds. Isn't she the lady who also penned "Little Boxes"? That's always been a fave of mine. And thanks for the Country Gentlemen. They're always a treat to listen to. Weatherwise, here in southern Ontario, Canada, we seem to have experienced the same drastic change from one year to the next. This year, about 80 degrees with very high humidity and sunshine. Last year, windchill of -10, and snow up to our knees.

October 09, 2007 5:41 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Hi Dan,
Yes, in fact I was looking for my copy of Malvina Reynolds version of "The Faucets Are Dripping" but I couldn't find the album and it was getting late. "Little Boxes" is a favorite of mine as well.

I believe that someday, water will be as precious as oil.

October 09, 2007 6:28 PM  
Blogger kjk said...

it's been overly warm here in chicago, too, all summer. mother nature set us a record on sunday for this late date in october. although by my recollection, there has been no shortage of rain on weekends this summer ...

as Clemens said: "everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it."

he must have time traveled to the kyoto protocol negotiations and sat with the US contingent ...

October 09, 2007 9:42 PM  
Blogger kjk said...

BTW, thanks for the link, Lynne. There's some great stuff there!

October 09, 2007 9:46 PM  

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