Today's post relates to yesterday's post about Devil's Gate Dam. Take a look at that picture again. The crows sit atop a vertical grate, and we're looking inside that grate here. Ground level is where the water's pouring in.
A shout out to Ted for sending me back to that Wikipedia link! A shout out to Trish, too. Yesterday, Trish commented that her grandfather said the grate is idiot-proofing and crap prevention. (Well, Trish's granddad called it a "cr@p preventer" but I have no idea how to pronounce that.) Other than that I think Trish's grandfather's probably right. For one thing, branches and trees float free after the spring rains, and though the smaller debris can get through this it keeps the larger stuff out.
And it's idiot-proof. I couldn't get in there. But I got the camera in.
Anyone who lives around here knows I didn't take these pictures within the last couple of months. It's way too dry these days. If I remember correctly I took them last May, after the spring waters withdrew.
(To be honest, I didn't remember at all. Sprocket's guardian Becca had to set me straight. Shout out to Becca! Also a shout out to Barbara, who visits here regularly and even checked in when she was away for a few weeks in England. I'm honored, thank you, Barbara. The Devil's throat is getting sore from shouting out.)
Back to the dam: there are more pictures of the inner workings and a larger perspective shot of the west end of it on Overdog today. I hope you'll have a look.