John & Anne Wiley

2016/03/09

Water!

After earlier rains, some quite heavy, we looked for signs of water when flying the region. Nothing. The waterfalls in particular were nearly all bone dry. Well this time the storm apparently overcame the drought at least enough to bring Tangerine Falls back to life.

1726 Tangerine Alive

1726 Tangerine Alive

Contrast that with this pic from barely a month ago, when it was bleached white and the vegetation appeared all but dead.

9004 Tangerine Dead

9004 Tangerine Dead

Also notice the bare stick of a “dead” tree coming up between the dry boulders at the base of the falls, and compare that spot with this lush pond with leaves budding on that same tree.

1726 Tangerine Falls Pool

1726 Tangerine Falls Pool

These before/after pix are from different angles but just a glance reveals the transformation, and comparing them in detail using rock features and plant locations the difference is startling. Now with more rain in the forecast, we’re getting excited to see even more waterfalls “spring” to life. There is something deeply nourishing to the soul, in the sights and sounds of a mountain waterfall. A moist path leads beneath the falls to subconscious healing.

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