Today, I'm going to show you a special place. It's where I went to look for wildflowers yesterday. I call it the Dragon's Backbone. You won't find it on any map, because I made up the name, and interestingly enough, it doesn't even show on topographic maps. Apparently it's too small of a feature to have been picked up on the surveys.
It begins at the top of the bluff above that backwater I keep talking about. I took these pictures when I was about halfway down to the river. I stopped at a place where the ridge makes a turn, and pointed the camera back up toward where I came down.
Then I turned around and took a picture looking down toward the water. The two pictures together are a little odd. The one looking down seems as if it should be at a different angle. It has to be some sort of optical illusion, but at least you can tell that one picture is up and one is down.
Continuing down toward the river, soon the end of the backbone is visible. Maggie is helping me to give you a sense of the scale.
And at the very bottom, at least this week, another view of the Pere Marquette River. It's taken from the same place as the picture yesterday, just a different angle. At a lot of times of the year, this is only marshy, and one can walk along the foot of the bluff without getting wet at all.
I like to pretend that this place is all mine, but it gets lots of traffic from at least hunters. I don't know how many other people wander back there. Hope you think my dragon is friendly!
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