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After the Morning Storm

Soft blue sky, little fluffy clouds, sunshine, temp in the low 80s, humid, breeze.

After-the-storm-3-08-2-16

We had 1.5 inches of rain this morning, and since it came down hard, there's more runoff than the same amount would have produced had it been slow.

Below-#3-gabion-3-08-16
Downstream from #3 gabion, water is clearer

Above-#3-gabion-3-08-2016
Upstream from gabion, water is more turbid, mosly runoff from construction parking lot

Crayfish-burrow-entrance-3-08-2016
Entrance to crayfish burrow, first seen in years

I was out in rubber boots doing a water quality check of runoff, looking at turbidity (evidence of erosion and/or polluted runoff), velocity, signs of scouring.  In the multiple flash floods last fall, we saw more erosion than we had had for years.  Extreme rain events following drought always do more damage.

This morning's storm knocked petals off the flowering pear tree, but  did not much disturb the Texas buckeye flowering in the shade of other trees:

Texas-buckeye-3-08-2016 Texas-buckeye-closeup-3-08-2016

We also have the scarlet buckeye (both natives) but it flowers just a little later than the Texas buckeye.   Only a few florets were open today, and this year it had fewer bloom stalks than the Texas.  However:

Scarlet-buckeye-closeup3-03-08-16 Scarlet-buckeye-closeup1-3-08-16

Today also brought the first Bluebonnet--just barely opening--out in the near meadow, and Indian Paintbrush:

1st-bluebonnet-3-08-2016 Indian-Paintbrush-3-08-2016



Tags: native plants, water quality, weather
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