Saturday, 18 May 2013

The mysterious Kedron Balls

Hello friends! It is a long weekend and we are busy with getting the garden ready for planting in the next 2 weeks or so. I will post how everything looks and what we did soon, but for now I wanted to share something that isn't directly Permaculture related, but still makes me think about patterns and motion. 

A colleague of mine brought in a phenomenal little thing to work the other day. It is called a Kedron Ball. The Kedron lakes are two lakes in New Brunswick, consisting of Little and Big Kedron lake. I personally know Big Kedron lake well, as it is where friends and I go for our annual fishing outing. Little Kedron lake isn't far from there, but I have never been. 
It is Little Kedron that produces the Kedron balls. These balls are made off pine needles and other woodland debris that ends up in the water and sinks to the bottom. There, small whirls and currents swirl the debris and pack it together. The end result you can see in the photo below. 

Truely a phenomenal freak of nature brought on by motion and patterns in current. 

I am wondering whether anyone has ever seen anything like this anywhere else in the world. Little Kedron lake is the only lake in New Brunswick that I know off that produces these little mysterious balls. 


The mysterious Kedron ball

12 comments:

  1. Hi there... I just found about 100 of these things in Alligator Lake, Maine, USA... Really cool.

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  2. We have them in Montana too

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  3. i have 3 nicely formed Kedron Balls i got myself about 10 years ago... can only find them at the northern tip of the lake...

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  4. We just found one in Lake Hortonia, Vermont, USA

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  5. You find them in the Cairngorms in Scotland. Nan Shepard wrote about them in her wonderful book The Living Mountain

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  6. I found them in Hayden Lake which is on the coast of BC, and I thought they were rare, but apparently more common than I thought

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    1. Duff I also have one of these strange balls that my father got from hayden lake 40 plus years ago

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    2. Duff I also have one of these strange balls that my father got from hayden lake 40 plus years ago

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  7. Found some this weekend in the Scottish Highlands....cool.

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  8. We found a couple of these on conkle lake British Columbia. We called them conkles. Never seen any others as well.

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  9. Friends found one of these washed up on the shore of Panther Pond (lake) in Raymond, ME. Someone else found one in another western Maine lake. In all my years on the lake, I have never seen one!

    Connie Cross, Aug. 26, 2016

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  10. Absolutely, we have them on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan, northwest shores of the lower peninsula of the state of Michigan. They're great. Wonderful to decorate the boughs of big pine trees.

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