Drama on the River
May 13, 2014
Back in February Janet and I went to the Venice Myakka River Park (not to be confused with the Myakka River State Park). The tannins in the river there—it may be a tributary—result in dramatic color. In most places the dark tannic water vividly reflects the sky and surrounding trees. Elsewhere the sandy river bottom is visible and looks orange (from the tannins). If someone can explain what’s going on, please jump in! What determines when the water reflects and when it doesn’t? Is it just the depth of the water? Does it have something to do with cast shadows?