Thursday, May 28, 2009

May 9 - Green!

The rivers here are a muddy, soupy brown color. It took a while to get used to them as I grew up in the Rockies where the rivers are crystal clear, ice cold and run VERY fast.

Here, they are lazy little things that meander along.... until spring thaw that is! Then they grow to be little monsters that take over the land.

There are a couple of positive things I've noticed from this. One, it brings in an amazing amount of water creatures. Everything from frogs to pelicans. The second thing is, it desposits nutrient rich river bottom in a fine layer over all of the farmland. That, combined with the rich soil/clay here seems to really be a key ingredient to the fantastic crops all around.

Just look at this.... it's breath taking in person. Such rich, fertile soil and vibrant green.

(north of Whapeton on the old county road)

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