Monday, October 24, 2011

Many hands, bryozoan colonies and clouds

Over the weekend I was a part of a group that experienced the age old saying "many hands make light work".  We pulled out about a half dozen docks and a few boat lifts from the water.  Saturday was an absolutely beautiful day to do this work, with lots of sun and temperatures in the 50s and 60s.

One of the guys pointed out something he called fresh water coral, that was found underwater on some of the docks.  Not sure if this is an accurate description of this large fairly firm gelatinous mass to which many small shell like creatures adhered. I did a bit of research on the internet and discovered an answer to this mystery.  No, this was not coral, but rather we were observing gelatinous freshwater bryozoan colonies.

Sunday's sunrise was spectacular.  The clouds added considerable color and interest.  Were it not for clouds we wouldn't have rain.  Aren't clouds much like the adversity in our life, without which we wouldn't grow?  We may complain and be upset that everything doesn't go our way, but in fact these are growth and learning opportunities.  Of course it is also important to have some sun and encouragement to keep us healthy and growing too!

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