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Old Sep 16, 2009, 6:40 AM   #1
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Fall Creek is a creek in the midst of change. Once it drained a rural and forested landscape, now much of the watershed is growing houses instead of trees and pastureland. But the lower end of the creek is still in the midst of a green, park-managed environment. There are no longer any big waterfalls on Fall Creek, but lots of delightful riffles.
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Old Sep 16, 2009, 6:41 AM   #2
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Some parts of Fall Creek slow to pools, where the crayfish play and the early-falling leaves float gradually downstream.
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Fall Creek's moist floodplains are rich in knee-deep mud, and in varied blooming things. (White Turtlehead and Stiff Gentian)
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The shady creek banks are perfect habitat for spicebush (a great crop this year), and for the shadow darners to "hang out."
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But more of the "critters" prefer the sunnier meadows just up from the creekbank!
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A few weeks ago, the meadows were full of the bright white blooms and sweet scent of the wild clematis. Now with autumn's approach, they are full of the wild clematis seeds. An old-timey name for the flowers is "virgin's bower," but most folks call the seeds "old man's beard."
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Hope you enjoyed this walk along the creekbank as much as I did - without getting your britches all muddy! Glad for any comments, critique, or suggestions.
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Another great tour. All fine, and I really like the second one best (a bit different for you, I think). Too bad about the upper falls, though.
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Old Sep 16, 2009, 1:28 PM   #9
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Great stuff. Love that shot of the leaf as well as the bee. I really enjoy seeing your view of the various parks.
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Great stuff Mole,
Don't take all the good shots before I get there, save a few for me!
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