I took my canoe out today, carrying it down the back lane to the riverbank, and setting off on the tranquil Seine river, which lacks the magnitude of its French namesake, with a depth of only 3 to 5 feet in most locations, and with a very modest currant. The riverbank landscape is shared by homeowners, several kilometers of successive golf courses which provide a substantial forest cover, and considerable municipal green space. Substantial rains have made navigating the numerous beaver dams much easier. The lack of traffic provides perfect shelter for nesting waterfowl--geese, wood ducks, and mallards are common, with low river levels. Otters and river turtles also thrive in the river, which is enhanced by its very pristine and natural landscape. Purple loosestrife, and Shasta daisies abound. I want to make a bouquet to impress a beautiful lady with eyes of an angel, but I am not sure if natural beauty still impresses women anymore, especially city women. The river, which has been diverted for several years to avoid flooding within the city trickles through the countryside, providing nourishment for fertile farmland...Winnipeg itself is a hub in the reverse osmosis of drainage north into Hudson Bay. We are a city defined by our waterways.

I use a 14 ft. Fiberglass canoe, rather easy to repair. I have some serious trips ahead of me, including a possible 4 day excursion. I love to see the landscape this way, the power of the natural world, which in my part of the world is dominated by water.
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1 Response Jun 17, 2012

Bravo. Become one with the river and its flow is wonderful.

Purple loosestrife, though. I have other thoughts about it and hope there is a special place in hell for the person who brought it to North America. That, and the Tamarisk that chokes the gorgeous desert rivers in the southwest USA.