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After the Morning Storm [Mar. 8th, 2016|03:37 pm]
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Soft blue sky, little fluffy clouds, sunshine, temp in the low 80s, humid, breeze.


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.

Downstream from #3 gabion, water is clearer

Upstream from gabion, water is more turbid, mosly runoff from construction parking lot

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


[User Picture]From: gifted
2016-03-08 11:25 pm (UTC)
What a lovely property, and flowers. The Indian paintbrush is delightful, and I also particularly like the scarlet buckeye; its flowers look like little orchids.
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[User Picture]From: elessa
2016-03-09 01:59 am (UTC)
Amazing what rain can bring when it is in the Spring. Lovely flora in your area of Texas.
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[User Picture]From: saare_snowqueen
2016-03-09 08:24 am (UTC)
Beautiful photos. Your spring is much further advanced than ours.

How are you feeling? Is the flu completely eradicated or hanging on like an unwanted house-guest?
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-03-09 02:30 pm (UTC)
All that's left is lowered energy and less stamina.
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[User Picture]From: saare_snowqueen
2016-03-09 02:51 pm (UTC)
That happens to us all as we age, sadly.
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[User Picture]From: seekerval
2016-03-09 11:01 am (UTC)
I love Spring's arrival. Renewing rainfall and brightening blooms always improve my mood. Thanks for sharing your lovely blooms.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-03-09 02:32 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed the pictures.
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[User Picture]From: thewayne
2016-03-09 01:15 pm (UTC)
We got about an inch or so of snow yesterday, by the time that I got home at 7:30pm, it was entirely melted from the roads and mostly gone from our front 'yard'.

But that's Cloudcroft at 9,000'. Alamogordo got a bit of rain, but almost everything is beginning to bloom. One type of tree, I don't know what they are, went from budless to fully bloomed in 2-3 weeks.

Very strange.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-03-09 02:32 pm (UTC)
Redbuds do that here. Nothing, then you see the buds, and a week later: COLOR.
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2016-03-12 03:45 am (UTC)
Our redbuds are doing that around town. Just a day or two ago, it was the merest suspicion; now there's WHOOSH.
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[User Picture]From: msminlr
2016-03-09 02:57 pm (UTC)
Hooray for bluebonnets!

I grew up in the Refinery Belt near Houston, but there were several yards that my various school buses would pass where folks had seeded bluebonnets. Been away from Texas since 1968 and I still miss them.
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