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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Nature's Floating Reed Art

Floating Reeds on the Columbia River April 2, 2010

More after-storm phenomena are the patches of broken reeds that float downriver and sojourn in bays and quiet areas of water before they continue their journey toward the ocean on the next tide.

Floating Reeds on the Columbia River They form floating mats, held together by nothing more than some principle of physics that I couldn't begin to describe, but is probably rudimentary. What I like is that groups of reeds clump together in patches of almost the same size, making the mat look like it was created using embroidery stitches or a paintbrush with thick paint. Enlarge the photo to see what I'm talking about.

Floating Reeds on the Columbia River They clump and they move, staying in formations of their own making, like a school of fish or a flock of birds.

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Jacob said...

I wonder where they all come from...your photos really do capture their movement! In that first photo it looks very much like you could walk on them...or not!

Small City Scenes said...

Interesting pictures.
We really did a storm the other night--and day too. I saw the aftermath of a storm on a beach by Port Orford last fall--amazing. Not only huge piles of seaweed but logs and strange plants and dead birds. I poked around until everyone thought I was going to bring all the dead with me. I said I needed to do a little pathology . MB

VP said...

No wonder somewhere they weave themselves in strange forms like our 'potatoes' and 'balls'. A great first image!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful post and lovely shots !!Unseen Rajasthan

cieldequimper said...

I love the two first shots, beautiful. Hope the storm hasn't done too much damage. And I hope you had a good Easter too!

Lee Spangler said...

cool picture. What is interesting is that small fish like to congregate under them, which attracts larger fish.

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