We didn’t know it when we moved here several months ago, but there are actually several seasonal creeks on the property. Sunken Creek as I call it, is permanent and flows beneath the ground and is visible in a few large holes along the way, until it finally emerges from a dome shaped opening. It then flows above ground, eventually making its way to the pond on the neighboring property. Another one we discovered whilst walking through the front woods one day, and it was actually a dry creek bed at that time. Seeing it, we decided a lot of water had obviously flowed through there at one point!
I thought it would be nice to make the trail follow alongside it, even though there was no water in it, so we did just that. Well imagine my surprise, the first time I walked on it after a good rain shower, as it had sprung to life and even had a waterfall! There are a couple dozen cascades as the water drops down winding along the creek bed, filling the air with sounds of falling water, and it’s truly amazing!
When it’s really rushing it can be heard from the house, the multiple cascades blending together and sounding like a big waterfall off in the distance. Obviously I’m delighted that we created the trail right alongside the creek, as it flows for days like this after it rains.
Eventually it dwindles down until it’s only flowing in a few sections, then slows to a mere trickle in a spots, before drying up completely and returning to its sleeping stage.
Then rain starts to fall and like magic, Sleeping Creek awakens and springs to life once more, filling the air with the sounds of falling water again!
So even though I don’t personally enjoy rainy days, I certainly enjoy how it brings life to the dry creek, and quickens the flow of Sunken Creek. There’s another seasonal creek that flows through the back corner of our property, eventually flowing into a small pond in the woods behind us. So after a lot of rain like we got this past week, all the streams were flowing and I was serenaded by falling water in surround sound! The birds are drawn to the sounds as well, and frequently visit the many pools of water along the creeks. Being able to watch them makes my walks alongside the creeks even more enjoyable!
Speaking of birds, I have been out in the yard at the right time and have been able to watch large flocks of Sandhill Cranes fly over, sounding out their distinct dinosaur-like call as they go, and it’s amazing to see and hear! One group was so low that they seemed to barely clear the treetops above, and another high enough to catch a thermal, where they took a few minutes to slowly circle above, gliding along while taking a quick rest. “Oh to be able to fly like a bird!” I think each time I see them, the Canada geese or the many other birds flying through and above our woods. The geese have been coming to the large pond next door almost daily, and we’ve enjoyed hearing them and watching them through the trees, skimming across the water’s surface, whilst leaving a wake behind illuminated by the sunlight. It’s quite beautiful to watch, and sounds as if they’re having a bit of a dispute over who is going to nest on which side of the pond. I’m sure they’ll eventually figure it out, as I’ve been told by the neighbor, that they nest there each year. Another great surprise indeed!
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