When it rains, the deep ditches (I think you could lose a small car in a few of them) are full of brown water; bog runoff. And the drainage pipes under roads vibrate from the urgency of the water racing to the sloughs and the Fraser river.
Laurie found this rubber ducky tossed to one side by the current.
|Valiant little traveler|
|Will he brave the current again?|
The duck, like the lumber, the pipes, and the bricks, has been stained by the tannins leached out of the peat, although the duck has lost some of it to scrapes along the way. These bottles we found lying on the bank are "tanned" to a nice leathery colour.
|Tannins provide the red or brown colour of many of our foods, too. Nuts, some fruit, and even chocolate, for example.|
We left the duck deciding whether to dive or not. I'm sure he did, eventually; he was vibrating with impatience. (Or with the motion of the pipe.) If you ever see, floating somewhere in the ocean, a brown and yellow rubber ducky, say hello!