Cold Medina

Nobody around on Medina River on an autumn day. Summer’s clear waters are obscured by a sludge of fallen leaves and slicks of dusty and pollen. Perch and catfish can be glimpsed floating in the darkness. Things keep falling out of the trees: leaves; branches; owls; a hawk hunting a water snake. Kingfishers kept up…

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The Mouth of the Salado

On the first day of exploring the San Antonio River north of Blue Wing Road I came upon a wide gravel bar that marks its confluence with Salado Creek. The swirling fury of their combined flood waters have left behind a record of piled gravel populated, today, by a trio of sandpipers. Although its upper reaches are well…

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Ruins of Ancient Civilizations

The San Antonio River from Helton Park.  After the summer’s early floods, the launch from Helton Park is still passable, unlike those further north.   Going upstream you can see all the ruins of ancient civilizations: The Cave. The Eye. The Eye is almost hidden by the vegetation that has overgrown it after so many…

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San Antonio River Descending a Staircase

The San Antonio River at Falls City. The water’s pretty clear.  You can even see the bottom. Churning waters as the river pours over a wide sandstone abutment. The San Antonio River descending a staircase.  Notice the water level at right, compared to the left. Buttonbush and American elm crowd a tiny island. I thought…