Quiet Reflection


Stuttgart, United States

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This is the Lock and Dam, just outside Pine Bluff, Ark USA, on the Arkansas River…………During the spring of 2015, the river had massive and record flooding. What you see HERE, all this SAND, is NOT normal. It has been brought in by the flood waters. The curved cement bridge support, called a Skirt I guess, NORMALLY is about 10 feet to the ground, where it Levels Off. You could NOT walk up to it. People had created an informal Platform, about 3 feet tall, of rocks, to access it so they could sit and fish. I have even scrambled up to take photos. But NOW you can walk right up! I miss the old way, the seepage from the dam created wonderful little patterns of sand in the little rivulets of water. I have many images here posted for it. Not anymore……..I walked up to it, sinking here and there up to my knees, but didn’t think anything about it. I hadn’t gotten to the LOG yet (previous image) so the sand at this point Seemed Safe………..The man said its loose in some spots, he had a couple of large fishing poles propped up on the bridge. He wasn’t kidding!!! I took a few photos and left. I realized later, after the LOG Incident, that the whole thing COULD have shifted out from under me, tossing me in the river to the left. And the seepage from the dam COULD have created a type of 10 ft deep quicksand. It WAS wet in places….But you live (IF you’re lucky) and learn. My favorite beach and river in the world is now a death trap. I know someone who works there for the local Army Corps, and I called him with my worries. He said they had never even thought about the danger, but I was right!!! The beach will probably be closed, until they can blast the sand away…Taken with a SanyoVPC-E2100.

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