Walking in the river channel, Mayberry Park, Sept 4 2015.

Underwater in Mayberry Park

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After a long week working from home in front of the computer, I snuck down to Mayberry Park Friday morning for a walk. It’s been too long! Sunflowers and rabbitbrush were blooming, the air was cool, and the river — flowing so low — is still a bubbling along, an instantly calming, happy place to be.

The Truckee River, Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

The Truckee River, Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

Sunflower (Helianthus sp.) in Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

Sunflower (Helianthus sp.) in Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

Rabbitbrush blooming in Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

Rabbitbrush blooming in Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

Showy Milkweed, gone to seed. Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

Showy Milkweed, gone to seed. Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

A few Mallards paddled along the far bank, and birds were chirping from the willows. Just for fun, I decided to wade right up the middle of the channel and take some underwater photos, because I had my husband’s waterproof camera along.  The air was beginning to feel like fall, but the water felt pretty nice on my feet, and tiny stream insects and small fish swam from rock to rock in front of me. There were a few patches of Elodea (Canadian waterweed, Elodea canadensis), where insects and fish seemed to congregate.

About to submerge. The Truckee River, Mayberry Park. Sept 4, 2015.

About to submerge. The Truckee River, Mayberry Park. Sept 4, 2015.

The Truckee River, below the surface. Elodea in Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

The Truckee River, below the surface. Elodea in Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

Underwater. Truckee River, Mayberry Park. Sept 4, 2015.

Underwater. Truckee River, Mayberry Park. Sept 4, 2015.

A patch of Elodea, Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

A patch of Elodea, Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

Elodea, Mayberry Park. Sept 4, 2015.

Elodea, Mayberry Park. Sept 4, 2015.

Do you see the fish? A speckled dace, I think. Mayberry Park, Sept 4, 2015.Do you see the fish? A Speckled dace in Mayberry Park, Sept 4, 2015.

Partway through my walk, a man appeared on a rock along the streambank, enjoying a beer in the morning sun. It seemed a little early for that, but hey, I was taking a walk up the middle of the river channel, so in no position to judge anyone else’s behavior.

The man pointed out a crayfish peeking out from under a rock. A school of tiny fish swam by in a patch of Elodea.

“Oh, look at the little fish,” I said, pointing.

“Actually those are minnows,” he corrected me, sipping on his beer.

“Thanks,” I said, and we parted ways.

These are called minnows. Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

These are called minnows. Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

Dead crayfish in the Truckee River channel, Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

Dead crayfish in the Truckee River channel, Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

A slow-flowing channel. Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

A slow-flowing channel. Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

Shallow water in the Truckee, Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

Shallow water in the Truckee, Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

Do you know this plant? Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

Do you know this plant? Mayberry Park, Reno. Sept 4, 2015.

Young Fremont cottonwoods on a rocky bar in the middle of the Truckee River channel, Mayberry Park. Sept 4, 2015.

Young Fremont cottonwoods on a rocky bar in the middle of the Truckee River channel, Mayberry Park. Sept 4, 2015.

 

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  1. its beautiful, tata likes the fish, even the small ones, the crab too, i love your shadow, ooh scary. love you.

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