Beauty, Order, Productivity
(pg 2 of 3)
Follow the brook downstream. It joins another
and another, until it spreads so wide you can
barely throw a rock across. Now, it slides easily
through riffles and glides through long clear
pools. A heron stalks the shallows, spearing fish.
Cast a lure for smallmouth bass and rock bass.
Let the current carry you along. The stream
grows, taking in tributaries, growing wider and
murkier. Towns and cities sit on its banks. Water
rushes over dams, and through locks. Tows push
rafts of barges. Eagles perch in trees. Waterfowl
flock in backwaters. Anglers fish for walleyes and
catfish. These are the rivers-the Mississippi, the
Yangtze, the Thames, the Nile-that give birth to