Today I wish to share something with you that my family, my kids especially, believe to be ridiculous. To me, though, I find this sort of thing fascinating. I always take an interest in the unusual, albeit banal. When I stopped to take pictures of this, both my kids moaned in retort and tried to hide inside the car, by slouching as low as a six-foot tall teenager can slouch in VW bug. I pressed on undaunted. One thing I learned from my mother, don’t bend to the crowd and forge on to blaze my own path. I do that with relish and this post is a testament to it.
I have never seen one of these things until we moved to Arkansas. These unusual structures make an appearance after heavy rains; originating as mud and then drying into hard-packed dirt. I couldn’t believe the answer to my inquiry the first time I saw one.
It is that little thing in front of that great big rock. It looks like a mud brick or a little mound of adobe.
Now you can see it more clearly. I challenge anyone not living in Arkansas to make wild guess as to what the heck this thing is. Here… I’ll give you a couple more close-ups with details.
It is a small tower constructed of globs of mud, that have hardened in the sun to this crusty texture.
Believe it or not there is a small opening at the center of this top of this tower. It is almost indiscernible, but it is there.
Now for the big reveal…
This is a crawdad mound! Crayfish live in the soil around here, the water table being higher in this area than others evidently. When it rains, crayfish must dig themselves out of the deluge and this is a result of their attempt at survival. The tower is all the mud from the inside of their den. Corvette Man tells me if you lower a piece of bacon tied to a string through the hole at the top, the crayfish will grab it with its pincers and hang on. All you have to do is raise it up any you have a small piece of supper. That is of course if you eat that sort of thing… I wouldn’t touch it, sorry.
A unique piece of heaven.