Today not at Kingsford – Riverside living

South Branch South Nation River

My parents’ new home sits next to this beautiful river. I don’t just mean it runs nearby along the edge of the property. I mean the house sits next to the river, separated only by the garden and driveway. From the kitchen window you can look down into the river, see what’s visiting today. It’s not a small river, either, probably a good 30-40 feet (10-13 m) across in most spots. The water is still a little murky to really get a feel of how deep it is, but it is clearing up; back in September, when I saw it the first time, the water was very cloudy with silt, erosion, I presume, as a result of all the rain we had this summer.

The wildlife finds the river appealing, as well. There are beavers who have built a lodge in the river along the section that abuts my parents’ land. My dad and sister have apparently seen the residents, but neither my mom nor I have. I had hoped to get a photo of them this week. We have beavers resident on Kingsford, too, but you can’t get nearly this close to them. There’s also been Wood Ducks staging on the river, sometimes as many as 15 together in a flock. I hope that means that some will breed in the forest next spring, although the forest may still be a tad young, it’s hard to say. And Great Blue Herons wade along the shore. I don’t know if there’s fish in the creek, since it’s hard to see into the water, but if not they could just as easily be stalking frogs. My mom has also seen the herons at the small manmade pond on the property, and while I have actually seen little fingerling fish in there, it’s more likely that the frogs are their main interest there.

There’s something about water that lends so much life to a piece of land. Their property would be really nice just on its own, but having this river coursing along the length of the property’s northern edge makes it really nice.

South Branch South Nation River

Advertisements

5 responses to “Today not at Kingsford – Riverside living

  1. You guys and your parents have both lucked out on your new homes. Enjoy!

  2. Hope your parents can stand annual spring flooding.

  3. What a beautiful place. Is it close enough to you that you can go visit regularly. Wood Duck babies? That would be great!!

  4. As long as they don’t live on the floodplain. You see that often. But I agree, water makes a place special.

  5. themarvelousinnature

    Fortunately, John and Robert, the banks are fairly steep through most of the river channel along there. The previous owner indicated that there was only one year where the river got high enough to flood the bridge further down the road, and that was only for a few hours before it subsided again. I gather it’s never been high enough to threaten the house, at least during the time the previous owners lived there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s