Forage Friday #72 Water

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Water, water, every where.

Nor any drop to drink.

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

A warm breeze rustled the turning leaves as Little Elk Creek rippled it’s way towards the Gauley River. Over pebble and over stone it winds its way from the top of the mountain. A historical marker sign on the Nicholas County and Fayette County border says this is the path that Pocahontas traveled to reach John Rolfe in Virginia. In my imagination I see her treading softly along the creek bank in my yard on her way to meet her lover. In her bundle is a small birch bark container. She steps down into ditch near one of the deeper pools and dips her cup into the water to enjoy a moment of harmony in nature and have a drink. Hollywood has done a fantastic job of creating in our minds the image of a pristine forest where people have no fear of things like cryptosporidium and brain eating amoebas. Unfortunately it wasn’t always possible to find a clean source of water.

The Native Americans knew full well that a person could get sick from drinking wild water. The records indicate that they had a large number of botanical treatments to heal people who became sick from waterborne illnesses. We also have records of some of the ways that they would have purified water. When a fire was practical they boiled it. If they were at base camp then it’s likely that a clay pot would be used. But that would awkward to transport on the trail and so a pan made from birch bark would fit the bill. As long as the bark container is full of water it will not burn.

Most people today drink water that has been chemically treated and filtered. The use of sand to filter water goes back to ancient times and some people still use this method today. Adding a little charcoal to a couple of layers of the sand will also help to filter water.

Some trees like Sycamore are natural water filters. The method of collecting fresh water from a tree is the same for collecting sap for maple syrup. Simply tap the tree and as long as the sap is flowing you can fill a bucket. But not all trees would be suitable because the sap just isn’t pleasantly flavored. Tree of heaven for example is absolutely terrible smelling. Maple, Sycamore and birch would be my choices.

Drinking water from a vine is one that we see on T.V. and movies. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do this too. I’m only comfortable with drinking from grape vines. To best of my knowledge all of the other woody vines in West Virginia are toxic. But don’t cut the root end of the. Find the roots and trace the vine up the tree until you find where it comes back down the tree. Cut off the tip and place a thumb on the end. Shake the vine a few times and when you take your thumb off of the end water will flow out.

Image Titled “Driving In The Rain 82220”.

Rain is a great resource for fresh water. I remember my grandfather Dempsey drinking rainwater that collected in a woiden barrel.

There’s also wells an cisterns and ice in winter.

I focused on the sources of wild water and really only touched on the purifying processes. Filtering and boiling is always a good idea and the simplest way to to make wild water potable.

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A Short Trip Into The World Of Reflection

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The still water brings to life a mirror image of the surrounding forest. As I gaze into topsy turvy world below my imagination pulls out visions of being able to swim through the sky and dive into the tree tops. In my dreamworld water is as breathable as air. The realm of the fish fades away as if it had been the reflection and the reflection was reality. Here we can swim through clouds and shape them into the images we desire see. We look down to waters surface and the world we just left shimmers as a small bird skimmes the edge of our new reality. The ripples emanate throughout this realm of reflection and it tickles when the waves pass through our bodies. The bird that caused the ripples disappears over the edge of pond but the reflection soars into the void beyond our perception. It’s that moment that the decision to either follow the world if reflections into oblivion or return to the real world and become merely normal once more. Living in a dreamworld might sound appealing at first but the realization that a person can only hold back the truth for so long beckons one to return to the world of challenges. After all, it’s the challenges that become victories.

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The Pond King … A Fishy Tale.

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Raindrops gently disturb the reflections of the forest on the ponds surface obscuring the image that reaches into the murky depths. Small birds skim the surface as they pursue the retreating insects. The king of pond rises slowly in case the birds drop their quarry into his realm. His eyes are tuned to ripping surface and he knows the difference between a cicada that was carelessly lost and the thousands of raindrops that replenish his kingdom. He can feel each vibration report the precise location of the disturbance. There it is. In the midst of the pitter patter of rain was a plop and then intermittent buzzing of papery wings. The olfactory system of any bloodhound was never as keen as the pond king’s. He knows the birds have dropped a cicada. He moves like a living torpedo. His scales flash as he turns and slips through the water. His mouth gapes wide as he breaks the surface drawing everything in giving him the appearance of a whirlpool. There’s a soft splash and in an instant the cicada is taken. The pond king turns once more to the base of the tree on the edge of the water and the twisted roots which are his castle.

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A Trip To Summersville Lake On The Cusp Of Spring

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Standing out over the water on a silent morning I look out over the lake that has been such large part of my life. The water always seems to carry it’s own mood. I have seen the lake display it’s anger when choppy waters are a greenish gray and seem to want to toss small boats onto the rocky shore. But thankfully today is different. Today a profound peace fills the canyon as the surrounding beauty soaks into the water. The glassy reflection gives the illusion of another world laying just below the surface.

The Grand Tour Of Salmon Run At Winter Pool

Pulling back from the water in panoramic mode makes the other side look like an island floating in a sea of clouds. I have never been on a kayak but days like today do make me long for the ability to toss in and just paddle until I’ve explored all 50 miles of shoreline. If not for Hughes’s Bridge it would be easy to picture one’s self as an explorer surveying some ancient world long forgotten. The caves and overhangs along the canyon walls may have been shelter for people who once thrived here. I have often wondered if you looked around would you find stone tools deep inside them? As ponder the possibility of the past a huge swirl breaks the surface and dissipates without revealing its source. I’m reminded of the legendary giant catfish that are said to hole up in those same caves in summer. But this one gets to remain as the one that got away. I just wasn’t fast enough to get a clear image of even the ripples and the legend continues as myth.

The ripples were gone before I could zoom in and focus.

Perhaps the next trip I’ll run into the fishermen who finally landed a monster.

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Taking A Few Minutes To Enjoy A Peaceful Morning

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As the night shrinks away in the glow of the morning sun the clouds retreat into the horizon. The peaceful sky is mirrored by the upper Kanawha River as the local ducks glide in for a landing on the far side of the water. As their ripples proceed them small fish leap forward and dive into the safety of the deep. The remnant clouds marble the sky in layers and golden rays breech the ridge. There’s still a bit of a chill in morning air which smells of woodsmoke mingled with the coffee in my tumbler. On this particular morning the forest is silent save only the droning roar of the water spilling over the dam and the rocks below. In the coming days the rain will return but for now there is peace.

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