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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1080 on: August 15, 2019, 07:07:21 PM »
Seems like the young burrowing owls have grown up,  still the parent was around when I stopped by.  The parent likes this vantage point up on a post right by their burrow.  I sat for a long time watching,  he called a few times but no one responded back.  Maybe they were all taking a nap in the burrow.




Sure can see how long their legs are



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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1081 on: August 15, 2019, 07:51:13 PM »
I was able to take a few days off and travel up to the Niobrara River for a little camping and kayaking.  Even a bit of rain and lightening can't scare you away.   The Niobrara River has a really neat rapid formation called the Chute,  it is classified as a class 4 and not recommended to attempt to go down it.  Here are some photos of it





Here I tried a longer exposure to cause the water to blur



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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1082 on: August 15, 2019, 10:11:38 PM »
A little information on the Niobrara,  Ni obhatha ke - spreading water in the Ponca language- is the heart of this land.  Carves through layers of earth flowing through time,  it is an ancient free-flowing waterway for over 12,000 years.  It has cut through the land revealing fossils up to 16 million years old.

At this time there is 6 ecosystems that are found along this river creating an incredible diversity of life, over 200 birds in the area, along with Bison, Elk, Deer, Pronghorn.  Many different plants and wildflowers are found here also.  Mixed grass, tallgrass and Sandhills prairies, northern boreal, western coniferous and eastern deciduous woodlands all exist so close together,  this meeting is found nowhere else in the country.  Paper birch trees, aspen and big-tooth aspen grow on the northern facing slope of the river where they are protected from the hot sun.   

The river begins in the eastern part of Wyoming and flows 535 miles east til it empties into the Missouri River located in northeastern Nebraska.  The Niobrara River has cut 300 feet into prehistoric layers of the earth forming bluffs and waterfalls.  The Ogallala Aquifer is an underground reservoir partially recharged by rainwater and snowmelt.  It provides most of the water to the Niobrara through springs, seeps and waterfalls.






Here are a few pictures of the waterfalls and the seeps as it comes right out of the ground.









This is Smith Falls,  it is the largest waterfall in Nebraska at 63 feet high
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1083 on: August 17, 2019, 07:20:49 AM »

Along the Niobrara River you can find the water seeps and spring waterfalls.  Here are a couple of videos.  The first is of a water seep.  The water has seeped down from the top of the ground till it finds its way out and into a stream.  Another is lots of water coming right out of the ground and pretty loud as it flows down to the stream.   Nest is the tallest Waterfall,  Smith Falls.  This year there has been lots of rain so everything is so green. 


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq5-c5hcuI0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq5-c5hcuI0</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbbzRc8g84I" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbbzRc8g84I</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3aBI3E1kgQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3aBI3E1kgQ</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejhdAQaG_0A" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejhdAQaG_0A</a>
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1084 on: August 17, 2019, 12:27:50 PM »
Paradise, Thank you Deb and the Burrowing owl poses are awesome lmao