Thursday, January 14, 2010

October river

The Hatchie River has begun to be a healthy river again. Agricultural practices have improved reducing runoff from farm land. After heavy rains the river will still be quite turbid, however, the suspended soild level quickly begins to fall off once peak flows into the river begin to wain.

On a recent October day, a friend and I took a boat ride. These pictures are just as the leaves began to change. Notice the color of the water. Look at the placid reflections and how well they show the sky and the trees.

The crops being sprayed are cotton. This is actually defoliant that is being sprayed in the pictures above. Defoliant is sprayed on cotton crops prior to harvesting to make the plants drop their leaves. This insures a cleaner product in the field and a more efficient ginning process.