Terri Webster Schrandt is sending us arid people on a wild goose chase into our archives for this week’s Sunday Stills rainy day pictures. (Sorry no droplets on beautiful flowers! None, I mean NONE in all my files – that I could find!!!) Here is a picture of the creek that ran behind our house in Elderwood, CA (Central California) most of the time.
Note: I use that word “ran” loosely – notice the tire tracks. ATVs, not water, ran most of the time.
I had to go clear back to 2012 to find these wonderful pictures of a memorable hail storm. While Central California is only semi-desert receiving about 10 inches of rain on average, this kind of rain is rare. When it comes, you stop everything you were doing, run get your camera, and and stand at the sliding glass door or windows, or under cover outside and marvel as you take pictures.
When you live on a dry creek as we did, we kept entertained by how much water flows, how far it flows and for how many months. Our friend Chuck House charts it every year and sends graphs and charts out to all his science and Kiwanis friends. I have pictures of Cottonwood Creek flowing in 2008, 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2019 I think 2012 was the year that Cottonwood Creek flowed until August.
It rained hard again in 2017, and I took many pictures that year, but none of the rain. I was more interested in Cottonwood Creek, Kings River and flowers that bloomed prolifically. Two of my friends invited me to go to nearby National Parks to observe the effect of the heavy rains that spring. We visited Yosemite National Park outside of Fresno in May, 2017. In July I visited Kings Canyon National Park to see if the Kings River was still bolting down the gorge.
The rain had a temporarily lasting effect.
My reading material for the week.
Thanks for joining in Sunday Stills. Be sure to check out these other friends who played along. 🙂