To live near a river as vivant and ever changing as the Vidroule in the Gard region of southern France is a journey of discovery. Every walk or bike ride reveals more depth to the living eco-system of this rich riparian zone. Several weeks ago, at the edge of the turquoise water, milky from a recent orage, I observed newly hatched ducklings getting their first experience in river running. My fond memories of running the muddy Green and Yampa rivers in Utah and Colorado at thirteen, taught me that the strength of the paddler does not always match that of the current. Mother duck foraging in the overhanging willows appeared confidently detached from the aquatic discoveries her children were experiencing. It gave me a warm feeling remembering each of my flock stridently paddling their way back home after one escapade or another. Life happens along the way it seems whether you go with the flow, or not.
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