show and tell: seasonal waterfall
Behind our house is a seasonal creek that meanders for miles until it reaches the Pacific Ocean. In summer the creek runs low, at barely a trickle. By the first substantial rainfall, we can start to hear the flow of the creek out back, and watch it slowly rise to healthy levels. (Unfortunately the wild salmon that should now be swimming upstream to spawn and die are reported to be at their lowest numbers in years…)
While we don’t get winter snowstorms here near the coast, we do get rainstorms that last for days and often result in severe flooding. Although nearby towns have flooded on several occasions, we’ve been lucky to be out of harm’s way. Though we’ve been on flood watch before — where I’ve wondered what I’d grab if we had to evacuate, and actually started gathering family heirlooms — our home is not in the general high danger zone. Still, there are moments when we watch the creek rise and wonder how long it might be before we should be concerned…
Most other moments this time of year, on a day like today after a night of storms and nonstop rain, we just love to listen to the rain fall on the roof from the warmth and safety of our dry cozy home. The waterfall created by the rainflow makes the most amazing sound at night as we fall asleep.
Here you can see (part of) the waterfall beyond our fence, as it has progressed over the past few weeks. The last one was taken this morning.