Re: NANFA-L-- Around Pigeon Mountain
Wed, 20 Jul 2005 10:40:09 EDT

thanks for the comments and insights. it was an interesting day nonetheless.
also the realization of how these experiences can bring us together ( todd
and jeff, an excellent friendship :) and yes bruce... we are in the same
region and w/ your flame quest you see the same as i.
(( btw... when we was looking-in-the tn dace under the future tva powerlines
we found a likely hybrid: tn dace / creek chub! how cool and odd is that?
they pickled it but i wanted to keep it in an aquarium. got me to thinking of a
flame chub and a rainbow shiner swishing tails-in-a stream capture
straddling the tn divide.... "flaming rainbows". :))

as for questions...

mark asks...
> Did it look like human activity stirred up the water in all of the places
you described?

the water was not stirred up by wading weekenders. maybe cows tho! generally
it was murky and silted. probably due to nutrients and sun exposure and
certainly the wash in of soils thus siltation. very little cobble was visible.
small stream water was much clearer in forested areas. but once it began to
flow through farms it quickly became murky and silted. :(

mark asks...
>What is causing all of the development down there, people just wanting to
buy a get-away? Are they permanent residents or people fleeing the cities
on a weekend?

it seems as if very little land in my region is undeveloped, be it
homesteads, new subdivisions, pastures, tree or crop farms. im always suprised that
when studying a map i think i will be going into a fairly unpopulated area yet
find it patterned w/ fields and farms. the area i was in was made up of
residents poor and rich and farms... cattle, crops and horses. only the mountain
was unpopulated and densly forested. a lot of acreage was being sold as a 2nd
home weekend getaway mini farms. there seems to be a surge in the last few
years in my region, mountains and the florida panhandle to buy or build 2nd
i see that a lot. i would too if i could. i wouldnt cut down all the trees!
i would nest my home as quietly as possible. :) "keeper of the spring"
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