Last month we had an 7.5 inches of rain fall within a couple hours. The hilly landscape at our house provided numerous opportunities for water to both fall off cliffs and create waterfalls, as well as pool in lower areas creating a massive rushing river through our ravine. It was an exciting time, yet a bit nerve-wracking. I suddenly saw how things could get dangerous in a matter of minutes. Thankfully, as soon as the rain slowed down, the river began to recede and danger was abated. Walking the property a few days later, I was very surprised at all that had happened during that storm. So, it was time for a discovery nature walk. The kids were encouraged to read the clues remaining on the land and figure out what had happened.
We discovered many fallen limbs, but this one was most interesting…..
Right between the children, the limb used to point straight up forming an L-shape. The storm caused the bottom limb to twist and split right down the middle, which caused the upper part of the L to fall to the ground. Very sad because it was a pretty tree!
A dam formed from the rushing water. Interesting how things pile up randomly.
The creek bed is about 5 feet below the back of this picture. You can see how deep and wide the river got by looking at the grass line.
This clue was pretty obvious. Where once this tall tree stood, now it was on the ground. It had plenty of leaves on it, but a closer look inside revealed a hollow center – a product of drought-sticken Texas.
A few more fallen limbs….
The dogs had a great time watching as the children drew what they were seeing.