Thursday, January 26, 2017

And The Creek Did Rise



The snow-clad mountain to the right is an old vulcano called Cache Peak and a creek named after it meanders through our properties (if a dry creek can meander, not sure about that).


It goes under the short road that takes me and my neighbor, to the main road in the canyon and our mail boxes. 


I haven't seen any water in this creek since the winter of 2011. Usually, it's just a dry creek bed and look at it now. A small waterfall is created as it goes under the road and comes out the other side.


After I took the pictures, I just stood there and listened to the water as it flowed. "Porlande vatten" it's called in Swedish. (I love it when a not often thought of word from my native tongue comes to mind. It may well have been 50 years since I last thought of that expression.) I couldn't think of the English translation, so I googled it: "Rippling water" comes closest.


I stood there and it was lovely, the sound of the water, sunshine, and snow in the mountains. Moments like that and you know life is good.


I have a night visitor. Actually, I have many but most of them stay under the northern eaves. This must be the early bird, because it stays to the east, where it gets awakened early by the dogs being let out. All puffed up in the cold, it is absolutely adorable.





22 comments:

  1. That bird is adorable. Our creeks are all full as well. I love the sound of water in the creek -- we have one right outside our bedroom window.

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  2. I love to see water in the desert in areas where you usually don't see it!! You live in a very pretty area, and it looks like great photo opportunities!

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  5. Rippling Water sounds beautiful. Thanks for sharing such awesome pictures of nature. Take care of yourself.

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  6. How nice to have a little creek on your property instead of a dry creek bed... I'm so glad that the drought seems to finally be over. I love the puffy little bird, It must be waiting for Spring to make it's nest in that chosen spot. You'll probably get some other critters visiting the creek for a drink.

    Stay well. Hugs,
    Julia

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  7. Nice to see the raw nature of your landscape. I know you must be thankful for some rain! That bird is awfully sweet.

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  8. All this delicious rainwater lifts my spirits high! I'm so glad to see your bubbling creek. :-) The mountains are gorgeous as well.

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  9. Glad you can get out to enjoy your local natural places. Running water in nature is known to be calming, just because of the gurgles and other watery noises it makes. Love that rainbow in your banner, I don't think I've been here since you changed it. I've not been visiting too much, and I apologize for that. I still wonder how it goes with you. I was down a bit over Christmas as well. . .one daughter has moved several provinces over, so that and a few other changes just took their toll.

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  10. I saw on the news that the drought has been alleviated and that was such good news. Quite the creek flow!
    Sweet little visitor, maybe it will build a nest there.

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  11. Nothing like the sounds of nature to put all in its proper perspective

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  12. It must feel so good seeing water back in the canyon. Is your drought officially over?

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  13. I love rippling waters in English or Swedish.. it really is pretty and I am glad it is not out of its banks and looks safe. the sound of a stream like this is so peaceful to me.

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  14. All that water has to be a thrill since it is so rare. Enjoy.
    I have a porch full of those fluffed up birds. Just wish they would go to the bathroom before going to bed:))

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  15. Our creek is running, too! I love listening to it.

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  16. Hi Inger - how lovely to think about the babbling brook - except rippling water is a better description for your stream. It does meander - but we can see how water cuts through the ground creating 'Grand Canyons'!! You must have loved these moments and good memories too -

    Lovely to see your little friend - an eastern time lover - up with the dawn ... and yes your header is great - to see your home with its rainbow protection ... lovely part of the world as long as nature gives us some relief at times ... cheers and all the very best - Hilary

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  17. You always have the best pictures! Love your Swedish words too!

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  18. As Paula wrote: you do have the prettiest pictures. :-) "Porlande vatten" I am happy you were brightened by a lost forgotten phrase of your mother tongue coming to mind. There is a saying Hank Williams, Sr. use to say: "I'll be there is the Lord is willing and the creek don't rise." May all your rippling waters be good tidings. :-)

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  19. Hello my dear Inger!
    I am glad visiting you and I enjoy so much your pictures. Sounds beautiful to hear the sound of the water, the sunshine and the snow on the mountains too!
    I buy a new computer!! My old computer was very bad...
    Wishing you and to adorable Samson and Faith a lovely Sunday!
    Lots of hugs!
    Love!

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  20. wow lots of water - we have had a lot in the mountains, especially Big Bear and Running Springs - the lakes will be filling up. I love the Swedish term for rippling water. There is such a silent beauty in the high desert.

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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