Through the Prism

After passing through the prism, each refraction contains some pure essence of the light, but only an incomplete part. We will always experience some aspect of reality, of the Truth, but only from our perspectives as they are colored by who and where we are. Others will know a different color and none will see the whole, complete light. These are my musings from my particular refraction.

10.17.2010

The Suburbanization of Rural Streamways

In my part of the world, anyway. Had the thought to do this on the way out during my bike ride today, so stopped for the pictures on the way back in. All are on trails in the western half of one city within ten miles or so of each other. (Click on each image for the full-size picture.)

The valleys where water naturally drains are usually too wet for much rural use unless they get dammed up for ponds or are used as dumping grounds.



The first signs of suburban civilization are often recreational trails that allow access to the wet areas.







Sometimes really marshy areas are too wet for housing and can only be domesticated into parks . . .



. . . but more often even the wettest areas end up next to back yards (hard to see for the trees, but there are houses across the water).



When houses develop on only one side of streamways, they can still retain some natural wildness.











But eventually they will be converted to city centers with full makeovers.













3 Comments:

At 10/20/2010 6:10 PM, Blogger Kelly Sime said...

love your photos

 
At 10/20/2010 10:16 PM, Blogger Degolar said...

Thanks!

 
At 10/21/2010 11:37 AM, Blogger CDL said...

Not in your 10-15 mile area, but today when I was walking the trails I saw a 3 places where the homeowner had carved a path from their back yard to the trail. Not just mowed the grass and hacked the weeds, but one was stone path, one, or two had an arch in their yard leading to the path. Was wondering what part of their efforts was on their easement and what on city property.

 

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