Friday, November 09, 2007

Leave No Trace?

No, this isn't a result of global warming (although that river bed is filthy with PCBs...but I already digress), it is just the bed of the local river lowered in anticipation of winter ice. When I came upon this scene (while walking Ansel) I found myself wondering who had left the tracks. I'm not even sure what kind of tracks they are. They don't hurt anything and will eventually be covered and obliterated when the river rises in spring. Still, they don't look like they belong there...but why?

I guess because they are man made. If they were wolf or animal tracks they would seem right at home and the very same picture would have a very different feel. So what, really, is the difference? After all, this is smack in the middle of a residential park area. Does it offend some idealistic or puritanical idea of what "nature" should look like? Is this some form of elitist snobbery? I really don't know.

I do, however, wonder who left it, where they were going and what happened to them. Bottom line...I have too much time on my hands this morning.

Paddle safe...



derrick said...

funny thing about tracks. You'd think we'd walk in a straight line across a river bed, a snow covered field or whatever. I mean, we make our roads and sidewalks straight if we have the choice. Yet when we're walking across a field we seem to stagger like drunks. LOL!

Tony said...

its a turtle, note the plastron (belly shell) making the smoothed middle part, between the limbs on the outside. hard to say what species though without a width measurement.

Silbs said...

Tony, I think you're right. I have had a huge snapper come up in my yard to lay eggs (this used to be a farm). Now, was the turtle drunk?