Water

Sunday, November 8th 2015

Risedale Beck is often a small gently bubbling stream with clear water. 

Gently bubbbling Risedale Beck

After rain it is another matter.  Risedale Beck's catchment area is out on the fells and when it rains all the water floods into the beck. Various measures have been taken to prevent erosion on some of the bends.  Yesterday the beck was a raging torrent and the stones built up on one corner were holding well.

Risedale Beck in flood

Further downstream the willow hedge, built by the volunteers, was also withstanding the flood.  This has grown well and you can still see the green leaves of the willow.

Willow hedge on Risedale Beck

Out on the middle moor the ditch running parallel to the fence was doing a good job of channelling water away from the moor.

Ditch on middle moor

Then, of course there is the more delicate side of heavy rain, water droplets.  Seed heads of grasses had caught many drops and shone like diamonds in the sunshine.

Water droplets on grass seed head

Water droplets on blades of grass almost defy gravity.  If you look closely you can see that some of the water droplets act as a magnifying glass.

Water droplets on grass

And of course the spider webs become visible.

Spider web


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