Monday, July 5, 2010
Bona Dea Update
Bona Dea was partly cloudy and warmer and more humid today. Yesterday I saw a Persimmon Tree. These photos shows the tree and leaves and the bark and then the small round purple fruit. When the fruit is ripe and just right, it is very sweet and good to eat. Today I went to the spillway and fed the Blue Gil Brim and Flathead Catfish and a few Musk Turtles. A pretty red male Northern Cardinal came for a visit. Also saw a big black Boat Tail Grackle bird that was eating a worm. I went to the Pumping Station and took some photos of the gates and screens at the end of Prairie Creek. From that point the water is pumped into Lake Dardanelle. This water comes from the city of Russellville. Russellville and surrounding areas would flood if this was not there. When they dammed the Arkansas River, it formed Lake Dardanelle and a dike had to be built to keep the lake out of Russellville. So this Pumping Station pumps the drainage from Russellville into the lake as it used to go straight into a bayou that is now under Lake Dardanelle and then it flowed into the Arkansas River. Also a photo of some very large piping connectors that they are changing out of the Pumping Station. As I was leaving the park, I saw a beautiful sunset and had to photo it. On down the road I saw another person doing the same thing.