Many of you have asked where in the world I've been.

All I know is that after 7 plus years of blogging and a different lappy, which I don’t like, I seem to have lost my blogging fervor.

Someday, when you least expect it, I will post again.

For those of you still waiting I say thank you.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

A River Runs Through My City


A river flows through my city,

Dissecting it from north to south right down the middle. I live on "her" east side.

"She" is the mighty Wisconsin. Here you see only half her girth, for the left shore is actually an island splitting her right in half.

In our fair city her banks are lined with parks and walkways. In the warm summer months her waters are bedecked with boats, bathers, and fishermen.

But do not be fooled! She is not always a gentle peaceful giant.

This spring she is revealing her quiet nature - - -but last?

Ah, last spring when piles of snow up and down her river's edge melted,

she was a raging tyrant rising out of her banks - - -

And sweeping anything and everything in her path southward and westward to the Mississippi.

Nor does she ONLY play or rage.

She is a working river, lending her waters to the manufacture of paper in many of the communities up and down her banks - my city being one of those paper making towns.

(Please use notebooks, paper, and magazines - the folk of my village will thank you for you bring us prosperity.)

She is a presence and a force to be reckoned with in my city.

And I love her.

Joining Unknown Mami
For Sundays in my City.

My city today is Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin



Formerly known as Frau said...

She is gorgeous! I imagine with the mild winter the rage in her is also mild this year! Have a wonderful Sunday!

podso said...

I would too...and would love to walk along those shores!

Vidya Sury said...

Nature is so kind to us, and must be respected. I love your narrative, Keetha. The photos are just wonderful. I especially love the one with the bench - oh, I'd sit there for hours and watch the water! Thank you for a great visit. Happy Sunday!

Ann in the UP said...

Great post! Beautiful, useful, and powerful---the mighty Wisconsin River!

Unknown said...

Thanks for a river lesson. I never thought about a river post. I have lived in two cities that are divided by mighty rivers, Tegucigalpa and New Orleans. You always leave us better informed. Thanks.

Tara R. said...

I find water to be very calming and peaceful, but I'm also exhilarated by it's power and rage. The parks along your river are beautiful.

Wayne W Smith said...

What a great set of river shots! These were first class.

Actingbalanced said...

great pics! I love your river!

Anonymous said...

What a difference a year makes!

Our river (on the east side of town) is really low. And we went to UT recently and the Colorado River is so low in spots you can walk across it. And the lake that is on the way back is the driest I've ever seen it.

Weird weather year, eh? said...

Yes, great minds, Keetha! And our photos look similarly peaceful.

Happy Sunday and new week.

StarTraci said...

Wow! So lovely when calm so fearful when raging -- nature is an amazing thing!


Sandy said...

Beautiful....I remember the posts from last year about how wild she was...St. Pt. has the same fun with her...but not as many parks, etc....At least when I grew up there were not many parks along her banks....An a great working river she is...Oh those paper mills!!!
Thanks for sharing....Brings me back in time to when I lived there. Oh, yes, I used to ice skate on her, too.
Love from NC

Unknown said...

Such a beautiful and powerful river. As I sit here in the cold I long for warm days on the banks of such a beautiful river.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

She is a beautiful river. I remember all her rage last Winter! said...

I love your contrast of winter and spring. She looks so calm, and regal bedecked in blooming trees and green lawns, but we all know there is a monster underneath every body of water, and you have shown both sides of her so beautifully.

Lynn said...

Now, I don't want to "One-Up" you my friend, but there are TWO. TWO rivers flowing through my city. uh, uh, uh. (Did I sound like the Count?)
The Sacramento and the American. Plus. there's almost a river running through my back yard! They call it Cow Creek. I can hear it running as I type this, ahhhhhhh

Raymonde said...

Always a pleasure to stop by and learn something. That river is beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. :)

Kranky Granny said...

Fabulous post with wonderful photos. I also live in a riverfront town. I left a big city to come here. It was suppose to be just a temporary stop in our plans but I never new the joy that water could bring until we found this little bit of heaven on earth.

I will never move back to where we thought we once wanted to be. The river has captured our heart and soul.

Claudya Martinez said...

She is a beautiful river. Love your tribute to her.