194: The creek is rising

(April showers.)

Before I get to today, I should mention that after posting yesterday we got hit hard with rain.  It came down so heavily that mud poured into the pond, mini landslides creating stripes across the pond.

(Can’t see the forest or the pond for the rain.)

At one point the wind steered the rain towards the back of the house in what I think of as a Window Washer.  It hits heavily in sheets, leaving the windows nice and clean (on the outside) when the rain stops.


Today we awoke to snow showers that didn’t last too long.  The temperature has been dropping.  We’ll be back in the mid-30’s for a high tomorrow.  It snowed again this afternoon, the entire time I was out on my walk.  Big, fat, wet snowflakes that aren’t sticking.  So far.  (The last time I mentioned it wouldn’t stick, it did.  So I’m not taking any chances this time.)


Spring seems determined to keep pushing through the cold and snow.  Some of the flowers are close to fully blooming, mostly those along the front of the house that are somewhat sheltered.

(Hyacinth, close up.)

It is wet, muddy, and boggy out there.  The robins seem to love it.  All the rain washed up a lot of worms.  They are feeding well right now.


I walked around the pond, and back to the woods.  I wasn’t able to go down into the woods because the creek has risen and will probably continue to rise for a few more days (or longer if we get more rain).  It is now officially higher than I’ve ever seen it in the past, spread out across most of the low lying land of the woods.

(Today’s view of the creek.)

The pond level is much too high as well, but the emergency spillway and the drain are both taking care of that, emptying the excess into the creek.

(Looking at the pond through the cattails.)

There has been little sign of the sun today.  It’s downright dreary.  Yet there are spots of color to be found, other than the flowers, if you look.  I saw a gorgeous male bluebird showing off his lovely colors.  The red of the robins stands out.  A male mallard, with his green head, came in for a landing while I was strolling around the pond.  Even the water on the pond is reflecting the blueish-gray of the cloud cover.


I hope all of these April showers (both snow and rain) bring us some lush and gorgeous May flowers.

(Pussy willow, a little frazzled by the rain.)

34 Comments on “194: The creek is rising”

  1. Karma says:

    There’s something about your “frazzled” pussy willow that I just love; reminds me of one of the dogs coming in out of the rain or a stuffed animal out of the washer belonging to one of my girls when they were little.

    • Robin says:

      Great minds think alike, Karma. I was reminded of my youngest son’s teddy bear (which needed frequently bathing, just like he did) fresh from the washer.

  2. Barbara Rodgers says:

    The first photo is such a pretty tapestry of colors! It’s pretty gloomy here today, too. April showers due all week except Thursday. “Loop-di-loop” is so sweet, and your bulbs look like they’re getting ready for a dazzling show!

  3. Wow, that’s rain? I thought it was fog!
    Looks like those May flowers got a nice headstart 🙂
    Rained here yesterday, too… almost 2 inches in about 2 hours, and it was much cooler, too.

  4. QuoinMonkey says:

    Some great shots, Robin. I love that second pond shot. You are so far ahead of us in bloomage. We haven’t seen any green grass or flowers of any kind yet. I can’t wait for the cherry tree to bloom!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, QM. 🙂

      Spring stalled for a while due to some cold and snow, but I think we might be on track again. The daffodils are starting to open and I found a small patch of yellow flowers blooming near the pond, flowers I’ve never seen before. This commitment to get outside every day is really helping me get to know the flora and fauna much better than I did before I started.

  5. ocean1025 says:

    Yesterday it POURED here…cats and dogs raining down all day, thunder and lightning.

    Today it has been gorgeous. I was actually able to walk a few blocks to the neighborhood cafe in a short sleeved t shirt. The wind is still a tad chilly, but overall the sun is shining, there’s a bright blue sky with fluffy clouds, and the trees are blooming.

    For some reason your post made me think of the expression “God(dess) willing and the creek don’t rise.” Wonder where that expression came from?

    • Robin says:

      lol, Osh! I thought of that expression too when I typed in the post title.

      It’s finally starting to seem like spring here. At least for today. 🙂

  6. Kel says:

    it must be nice living where signs of spring are so bountiful, where the contrast between dormancy of winter and new life of spring is so visually rewarding

    • Robin says:

      That’s one of the reasons I like it here so much, Kel. I’ve often thought it might be nice to live in a warmer place, such as Florida, but I would miss the contrasts in the change of seasons. I know they do see some changes, but not like what we have in the northern U.S.

  7. All these signs of spring popping up all over the place, but the freezing temperatures continue! I love the shot of the hyacinth – purple and green are my favorite spring colors! 🙂

  8. Love the flowers and the pussy willow, they’re so beautiful! The cattails with the pond as a background are awesome, Robin. I just love water so much…

  9. subha says:

    as always your pictures are beautiful! i love the one of the lake – gives me a dreamy feeling =)

  10. The creek is not the only thing that is rising!
    Our back yard is a bog 🙂

  11. I adore pussy willow and hyacinth! I was clearly a Spring baby–love the blooming, snowing, unpredictability of it all!

  12. CMSmith says:

    Beautiful textured photos.

  13. patbean says:

    Rain and cold hit here in Arkansas too. It took all the wisteria down. But life in the sun is brillant today. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I agree wholeheartedly with Kel. After months of dazzling whiteness, here you are showing beautiful vivid purples and yellows and trees blossoming. It must be the most exciting time of year for you in the garden, Robin. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Except for the work of it, it sure is, Joanne. 🙂 I don’t even mind the work most of the time. It’s good to be able to sink my hands into the earth and enjoy some time in the garden.

  15. Bo Mackison says:

    That’s a really good thought to hold on to–that old saying…April showers bring May flowers.

    Yay, May!

  16. penpusherpen says:

    I always get frazzled by the rain, Robin, so no reason why the pussy Willow shouldn’t too 🙂 … such a gorgeous deep colour of the Hyacinth, gives you a lift just to look at them. Handy window washer rain, made me smile when I read that, does nature charge for the cleaning? 😀 xPenx

    • Robin says:

      Me too, Pen. My hair becomes a frizzy mess.

      Nature might charge for the cleaning, but not in any obvious way. She does, at times, send the birds by to dirty the windows so it’s only fair that she clean them now and then. 😉

  17. I love the Hyacinth and Pussy willow! Hope you’re not too rain logged! It sure is beautiful though!

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