This is wonderful to see. “Vital” is the right word, isn’t it? I had a bit of extra time this morning and went looking for Montana snow cover information. Finally, I got to this site, and have tucked it in my bookmarks for future reference. Of course there are a few names on that list I recognize because of hanging around your blog — fun!
I have always revered the small, clean and cold streams coming down from the mountains. Now, with the water problems in California and other places so much in the headlines, I’m even more conscious of how vital they really are, and unfortunately, how little appreciated and understood they are. Even here in Montana the forests are being logged, some to the point where they can no longer provide the vast watershed capability to support streams like this. The business and political pressure (and greed) to “capitalize on our natural resources” is in the process of destroying our most valuable and vital resource of all.
I have always been a “nature lover,” but it became more meaningful after spending so much time in the mountains up in Utah…it’s real now. And yes, I wish everyone would understand how precious those streams and the ecosystems around them are, and how fragile they are, as well.
I wonder if the time will ever come when larger numbers of folks will start to understand what this planet is all about. It seems to be going the other way at the moment, and it takes time to understand.
It does. Water is what makes life on this planet possible, and yet people consistently abuse it, waste it and defile it, and destroy the great watersheds for profit. What in the world are they thinking?