This stretch of the Shenandoah River runs very near my home.
Photo taken 13 September 2009
The lyrics “O Shenandoah I love your waters…” from the folk song expresses how I feel about this beautiful river I call my own. I enjoy visiting often and taking photos throughout the seasons. The river begins in Virginia, running 150 miles, with the last 20 miles in West Virginia. It ends at the Potomac where it becomes a part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The base surface of this portion of the river is limestone covered with algae and very very slippery. In the summer the water is low but it is still difficult to cross without scooting along on your bottom or wearing boots with felt soles to help gain traction. Never-the-less a lot of people float, canoe and kayak down the river enjoying the birds and scenery along the way toward Harpers Ferry and the confluence with the Potomac. I mostly enjoy walking along the shore, sitting for a spell and listening to the soothing sound of the water streaming by.
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