Monday, October 26, 2009

A Creek Runs Through It

Months ago, I posted about the dry creek behind our house.  It was very dry.  That post was before the really hot, dry summer began.  There were lots of wildflowers blooming then.

In July, the creek was dryer.  We were in the middle of record high temperatures and record number of days over 100 degrees.  The flowers were gone...except for those amazing euphorbias.  They're pretty tough.

I posted about the creek crossing over the cart path and falling down into this thirty foot deep gorge.

Like everything else, the rocks were dry, with some moss growing on them.  Rock squirrels live in the crevices of the rocks along the sides of the cliffs.  Trees and grasses grow down there, and we've seen a fox come out, just as it's getting dark.

We've had some rain, lately.  In fact, it's rained quite a bit, ever since a little after Labor Day.  It's made the area come alive.  Horseherb and Woodsorrel have covered the once dry ground with green.  And, a little water has been coming down the creek.

I climbed down a little way last week, and saw that the trickle of water going over the falls was disappearing into the ground.  I'm not sure where it was going.  The small pond, that had all but dried up, had quite a bit of water.  There are even water lilies coming up in the middle.  Now, how did they live in the cracked dry bottom?

Today, we had a bit over two inches of rain.  Not much in the scheme of things.  But, with the ground pretty saturated, there is a bit more run off.

It's enough that the small drain pipe under the cart path couldn't handle it.  So, the water was running over.

It made a pretty little waterfall, we could see from the porch.

Then, we realized we could hear rushing water.  Is it the falls?  So, I grab my camera, and go to find out.

Yep....water in the creek.  A bit dirty.  But, mulch and fall leaves, and neighborhood top soils, do make water murky.

But, on the other side of the cart path, it's looking very pretty. 

Flowing swiftly over the rocks.

And, over the big falls.

Crashing onto the rocks below.

It's no longer disappearing under ground.

It's flowing at a quick pace around the bend to the small pond...too deep to see the water lilies.

   Then, it's going over that spillway, to this big pond.

Cypress Creek is usually fed by Jacob's Well...a deep natural spring.  Jacob's Well quit flowing this summer for the first time in ages.  This creek was trickling along, maybe from some other springs along the way.  Today, it's coming over the bridge.  Not too deep to cross, yet.  But, more rain will make people turn around.

Does this mean the drought is over?  Naw....but, it's helping.  We still have a bit to go.
Does it mean I might get nervous about the water, if we have a really big rain?  Well....yes.
But, I think it'll all be ok.  This place has been here a long time.

Our neighbors have told us that the creek would flow.  But, it's been so dry since we've lived here.  Now, we's quite nice to have a creek running close by.


  1. Wow what a difference a little rain makes! I love water and this looks fantastic. Of course if your not used to having a rushing river in a certain place like your driveway or parking lot then there might be something left to be desired. In the meantime however you got waterfront property, Yea!
    Fun post.

  2. Wet weather creeks are wonderful to watch as they grow and flow in the rain. We have one below our lot but I haven't been down there for ages. Just as long as they stay down there. Looks like we are in for some more this Thursday. I am beginning to worry for the agaves, they need to dry up before winter comes.

  3. I am glad you are getting some much needed rain. I can almost "hear" the creek running...

  4. Caroline..yes, yay for rain.'re right. Rivers through the driveway make me a little nervous. And, yes, there has been a small one, already.

    Jenny..I didn't think about the agaves. I haven't grown them before. Mine are in place that drains pretty well, but we're getting pretty saturated.

    Azplantlady..we can hear it from our covered porch. It's great.

  5. Wow, what a difference some rain makes. I'm so glad you all are finally getting that rain. It may have saved the trees just in time. Lovely photos. May you get many more little rains!

  6. I love seeing that renewal! Our creek is still pretty barren but for a few hours, I could watch and hear its spills. Let's hope that this year fills up those creeks good. How wonderful to have that spot!

  7. Bring it on! I loved the progression of your pics, I just scrolling down, enjoying it all. Glad you got some needed moisture. And hey, thanks for stopping by my blog and putting in your two cents of why you blog. I really appreciated your feedback!

  8. How lovely to live by a creek, even if it has been dry during the drought. If I were you I could sit and watch the water flowing for hours.

    I was loving every picture until I got to the last one. Then I wondered who was crossing the creek while it was flowing. I've lived in Austin long enough to remember 15 deaths in the Memorial Day floods.

    Turn around; don't drown.

  9. Just seeing the water flowing fills me with relief. But yes, be careful and respect the water when it's flowing across your road!

  10. We have many low water bridges, here in the Wimberley area. I think most people respect the power of water. Let's hope they do remember the 'turn around, don't drown'.


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