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.
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.
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.
What have you seen in the Truckee River lately?