Spray lingers on the branches, droplets fly through the air to pools below. Soothing babble navigates nature, a language few take time to recognize or learn. Wild watercress floating, seemingly unattached, shadowing the craggy tufa rocks, nurtured by drenched, decaying foliage. Fall adds to the creek bed cushion. Spring pushes new life to the surface. Summer blooms along the shore. Winter shows off ice sculptures artistically designed from the water’s mist. The creek never freezes over, its life taking on a new persona each season as the water falls with grace and aggression over terraces of historic tufa rocks.
Big Hill Springs Provincial Park is a gift to the eyes at every step. Hiking trails meander along the creek before making their way up into the surrounding hills, every so often intersecting with game trails. The surprise of finding foliage that would normally retire in the fall, still lush and green during the months of sub-zero winter weather. Outcrops of tufa rock create part of the historical tale of the creek that never freezes over, and Alberta’s history.
April 11, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, water falls. Where is the water coming from? How does it shape a story? Who does it involve? Go where the prompt leads!
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