There is something magical going on in the middle of this channel at the tail of Ogden Island. Among the willow branches that fell here into the water, one of them has touched the river bed. All sorts of debris has caught up on it to make a mid-stream "sieve". After a couple of winters the floods have deposited silt into and onto this seive. Look closely into the middle (click the picture for a closer view) and you can see that Fleur-de-Lys (Flag Iris) has taken hold and a healthy bunch of new shoots is already reaching skywards. The shoots will put down roots (and rhizomes), which in turn will trap more silt. This is an embryo of an island. The currents around it will be very interesting in years to come and we can look forward to fish taking advantage of this new feature. The woody debris will keep us honest. Well it will at least ensure our casting is put to the test, even though the new feature will need only short casts to reach it...
Isn't Nature wonderful? We lucky anglers get closer to it than most.