This year across the country we are experiencing a major drought. There have been fires, crops withering in the fields, water rationing in some places, flowers are blooming early and fading quickly and last I heard some barges are stuck on the mighty Mississippi and even parts of that river are closed because the water levels are just too low for river traffic. We are in desperate need of rain here! Last year, locally, it was so wet that farmers had to postpone planting their crops because things were too soggy. This year they are wondering if they will even survive as a farmers.
The Olentangy River is never really a deep river unless there is a great deal of rain; most of the time it is rather low. Last year I saw people sitting in it to cool off or just have fun with the water level chest high as they sat. This year it is so low that even driving over it on the bridge you can see the bottom of the river and in some parts there are many little islands in the river with lush amounts of greenery growing on them. I’ve wanted to take a picture of the islands but every place they have formed is close to heavy and dangerous traffic for a photographer. It was while stuck in traffic on a bridge that I saw this fellow practicing his casting. Quickly I reached into my bag and pulled out the small camera I try to keep with me and rolled down the window to get this shot. You can see the river is not that deep.
I love summer but we need some cooler temperatures and more rain – soon.