Flow River Flow~

The Holler is getting hammered by storm after storm. This is the view looking north from our back patio, taken on Valentines Day as The Holler was being hit with the most massive rain storm. You can see raindrops on the lens. My iphone sent me 6 flash-flood warnings in 24 hours.

Here is the lower pasture being chewed up by the little creek which turned into a rapid-filled, raging river. The pasture gate is the white structure in the back left of the photo. It partially collapsed in the onslaught.

The river flows.
It flows to the sea.
Wherever that river goes,
that’s where I want to be.
Flow river flow,
past the shaded tree.
Go river, go, to the sea.

(Lyrics: The Byrds)

We hiked along the creek in the pouring rain on Valentines Day. You can see my son by the oxbow, to give you perspective on how big the creek is. It was thirty feet wide at some sections and was carrying logs and trees along like matchsticks!

Our rain gauge kept over-filling at 6 inches, and more storms are on the horizon.

Southern California is getting more snow than Boston, and the Sierras have the biggest snowpack in the country.

This is The Holler looking east this morning. It is still snowing in the mountains, which are obscured by clouds, but there is sunshine here today, with more rain forecasted.

And this is the view to the west. Our multi-year drought is finally over!! Cheers to you from the very wet, and very happy, Holler~

289 thoughts on “Flow River Flow~

    1. They are calling it an atmospheric river and it was NOT forecasted to be this intense. It will be interesting to see what more rain will do. Our local mountain peak got 11 inches in 24 hours.

        1. Yes. It is still going on. The Sierras are telling people to stay away. People are stranded in their cars due to blizzards. Roads can’t be reached by snow plows. Commutes to ski resorts are a nightmare. Coastal areas are flooding and roads are washing out. This is a good time to stay put.

  1. Glad to hear the drought is over, but…….what a way to go. It’s only when you look at that raging creek that you have a sense of the devastation the lashings of rain might be causing in low-lying areas.

    At least the fields look lovely and green, Cindy.

    Our horrendous record-breaking heat-waves in Melbourne, Australia seem to finally be over, but the towns, farms and even…..main cities…… are under water up north of the country with some folk up to their waists in flood water. Some country areas looked like vast seas with little bits of green tree tops and building roofs the only thing visible in thousands of acres. Unbelievable. At least the Government is stepping up to help the farmers who have lost everything. I haven’t checked the state of the bush fires yet.

    1. This is just global weather chaos. Our president doesn’t understand that global warming also means global cooling, and global flooding. As one area overheats, another freezes. As one region dries, another floods. It is unpredictable. These storms weren’t forecast to be this extreme. All this rain facilitated plant growth at The Holler, means trouble, come September, when fire season starts.
      I remember being in Melbourne when you were in the midst of massive drought with wildfires raging. It felt like home, except for the thirsty koalas with burnt paws who broke my heart.
      Hang in there. I know how frightening it can be.

  2. You Live in a beautiful picturesque Place. Even in the rain it retains its loveliness. New York City gets its share of rain, snow and Sleet. However unless I must go to work I stay inside on inclement days. Fortunately I’m working part time at the Brooklyn Public Library which is about 30 minutes from home. Short commute.

      1. Yup. One day it’s 3 degrees Fahrenheit outside and a few days later it’s 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Fortunately I’m enjoying a wonderful long weekend Thanks to Presidents day. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Wow! After last year’s wildfires, I worried that a wet winter would cause a lot of erosion in California. I wonder what the situation is up north in Paradise. We’ve had a bunch of mudslides here in Washington state, but nothing really bad yet.

    1. The mudslides are big problems in Ventura, and burn areas. Poor Paradise! I hope she is spared from the worst. You have burned areas too, which are so vulnerable, but your state is a bit more adapted to intense rain. Hope all is okay.

  4. Weather is in eternal flux and flow. I refuses to be counted on to deliver what we want, when and how we want it. But I do understand the need for more water and snow in the mountains means groundwater for later. Your area is so lush and green. No wonder you love it there. Great shots of the rush of the creek.

    1. We woke in the morning hearing this roar. I knew immediately what it was. I saw the rain gauge overflowing and I knew we were in for a rollicking ride. I’m still waiting to see how our roads do. They are undermined by extensive gopher tunneling, so they are probably filling, and collapsing, silently, deep underneath.

  5. Yes, this is a great tale of the flooding. And I see where part of the freeway 118 is washed away on the cliffside, and the 39 in the other direction, so I am wondering what is going to happen to the people up in the mountains of those areas. It looks like there is a lot of work to be done before they can manage to get anyone down safely. Thank you for sharing that beautiful area and the changes that are coming to all the different parts of it.

    1. Gorgeous Ventura has been hit so hard the last two years. People will be stranded for yet another year. And the story is not over yet. I see our mountains encased by storm clouds as I type this, and rain and snow is forecast at least for the next week, for essentially the entire state! My thoughts and prayers are with all in harms way. Mother Nature seems highly irritated!

  6. That is a ton of rain! Everything looks so green and lush. Glad you’ve finally had relief from the drought. Now the flowers will bloom – yay! I’m visiting friends in LA at the end of this month and we’re planning day trips to see wildflowers. Anza-Borrego, Joshua Tree and ranunculus fields in Carlsbad are a few of the stops planned. Your neighborhood, I think!

    1. Yes! You will be coming at a very gorgeous time. The real bloom doesn’t usually start until March, but with all this rain, everything will be gorgeous, especially in the desert, which may bloom early. The ranunculus fields usually start blooming in March. When are you coming? And for how long?

        1. Yes I will. Maybe we can meet up if you have time? I know how precious time is when visiting friends and family. Your son is going to need googles and swim fins to get out his front door in Truckee! It is gorgeous there.

  7. Well that’s one way to end a drought! It’s ironic that I moved back to northeastern Ohio largely because I missed snow, and now California’s getting more snow than we are. I guess I’ll have to move to Canada to be happy…

    Also, isn’t the power of water absolutely mesmerizing? It seems like such a gentle element, but can also be so destructive.

    1. I love the power of the water! It roars and you hear it while you’re sleeping. I can’t believe our local mountains, they ring SoCal like circular Alps. The Sierra is basically buried. It often gets incredibly impressive snow, but this is unparalleled! The avalanche danger will be very high. Canada is incredibly appealing to me too…..But, it does get awfully cold there.

      1. I couldn’t imagine being separated from water for long: all my life has been spent either on the Pacific coast or the shores of the Great Lakes; the sound of water is the most soothing music of all to me.

        Yes, Canada gets cold, but the air becomes wonderfully refreshing when it gets below zero Fahrenheit – as long as you’re dressed properly.

        1. True! Plus it is Canada!!! I would like to live on The Sunshine Coast. You have the Pacific at you door, there are grizzly bears and bald eagles, and the coastal flow keeps the area from getting too cold. I don’t think Canadians are really eager to have a bunch of disgruntled Americans move there though. But, they are way too civilized and polite to build a border wall to keep us out, so that is a point in our favor……

  8. Right now I’m in the north of 60°cold but it will be very rainy in May. However, my home in the Okanagan of BC (as well as BC generally) has been experiencing droughts and fires similar to California’s. Climate change is real but my, there are Manu people who just won’t even consider it.

  9. When I read that you loved the sound of the rain and water flowing, this is the thought by Hermann Hesse that came to me:
    “They both listed silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.”
    So glad that the days of your drought have been quenched. Hugs.

    1. That quote gives me goosebumps. I do feel the combined spiritual impact of the rain, the river, and the Creator. Mother Nature seems a bit perturbated to me right about now, and I don’t blame her one bit!

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    1. Yes. In other areas, the flooding, and avalanche threat is potentially catastrophic. And in all areas, with more rain and snow to come, we must wait and see. Thank you for being concerned.

  11. Hi Cindy, I was wondering if you were in the storms, Now I know. Enjoy the water and the storms, but be safe. Pics were great. Can’t seem to get rid of the snow / cold around here. Ducks/geese have deserted the lake because it’s frozen over. Take care & stay dry . ………………..💙

  12. Wonderful photographs of a dangerous condition. I’m so happy the drought is over but that’s a lot of water all at once. Trees floating by…. I’m glad that you’re safe and that everyone is happy. <3

      1. Oh, the christmas markets are georgeous! You must vist the markets in Münster and Dortmund. I love the Dortmunder Christmas Market so much. May be we will meet us in real life? Let me know, when you where are. Best greetings to you, my friend <3

        1. We are going to book when we get back from South America. I am excited. We will fly into Frankfurt and stay there for a few nights and visit the close by towns. And then we are thinking of driving and staying first in Nuremberg and then Bamburg. Is this close to Dortmund? I would love to meet you!

          1. Oh, unfortunately no. Frankfurt / Nuremberg, etc. are 400-600 kilometers away. But maybe we’ll see each other another time when you’re back in Germany? I wish you a wonderful time in germany. Bamberg is beautiful!!! My best friend studied there 15 jears ago and I visited her there many times. <3

            1. I am sorry we can’t meet but understand the distance issue. We have been to Nuremburg and Bamburg and can imagine how gorgeous it will be at Xmas. Next time hopefully we will viist closer to you! <3

  13. I was just going to ask if California’s drought was over, as California’s a big state and I didn’t want to assume that rain in this part meant it was over. The creek is massive!

    1. Southern California is always the driest part of the state since much of it is desert or semi-desert so when we get inundated, the northern parts of the state usually get even more so. Storm clouds are moving in now, so hopefully we will get even more precipitation in Southern California. Thank you for caring Emma & have a wonderful week.

  14. Cindy, this is a beautiful photo story with the addition of lovely lyrics from The Byrds. I hope the rain stopped before it was too much. I’m so pleased your multi-year drought is done.

    1. You and I, and Peter Gabriel, feel the call of the river on it’s voyage to the sea. He sang:
      “Going away, away toward the sea
      River deep, can you lift up and carry me?
      Oh roll on through the heartland,
      ‘Til the sun has left the sky,
      River, river, carry me high.”

    1. It is wonderful living by a creek isn’t it. The frog symphonies alone are priceless and the wild animals it attracts are even more so. I have lived by a creek for the last twenty years and I love it. Glad you experience this too, as long as the floods mind their manners.

  15. It’s nice that the drought is over, Cindy, but must the pendulum swing so wildly? Water is incredibly powerful, and I’m familiar with that muddy brown deluge here in Oregon. Be careful, and enjoy the greenness of your beautiful Holler.

  16. I’m so glad the draught is over for you, Cindy! Still, it must be worrisome to have all that rainwater fall at once. Here, our ground is saturated from snowfall after snowfall, and with the lower depths still frozen, there’s nowhere for rainfall to go. The weather everywhere has been trying this year — I can’t ever recall having so many gray days in wintertime!

  17. The holler looks lush and alive with the river flowing. I’m glad to hear your drought is over and didn’t know the Sierras had more snow than anywhere. I guess we all must adapt to climate change or as I’ve now read it being called environmental breakdown. We are facing a critical time for the planet and people. Hopefully, we will wake up.

  18. Delighted to see the drought ended. The creek at the bottom of our land frequently floods, but in order to reach the house it would have to reach Noah-like proportions, which is why we don’t bother with flood insurance!

  19. Timelesslady

    I love your beautiful landscape photographs. The contrasting colors are lovely and your composition is perfect. The photos resemble Impressionism paintings. I could just see Van Gogh, Monet, Gauguin, any one of the amazing painters of that period standing at an easel and creating a masterpiece in this area of the world.

  20. You really need the rain and now it comes in masses. The grass looks so fresh and green. Good the drought is over. Hope you are ok though with all the storms. Hope all the water soaks really in and will help in the year to come.

    1. I am so late in reading, and I just hope the rain has been beneficial and not devastating. I am hoping that all the rain and snow will keep away so many fires this summer! Your Holler is so gorgeous!

  21. Usually your big rains become our big snows. This time around, it’s skipping right past us … the storm center is either too far north or too far south by a few miles. Anyway, we’re forecasted to have 2-4 inches of snow overnight tonight along with bitter cold temps. A couple extra logs on the fire tonight.

    “Flow River Flow”, I know that as a hymn versus the song by The Byrds. 🙂

    1. Where are you located? The Sierras are being pounded, Central Cali is flooding and roads are breaking up, our local mountains are impassable. Our wifi tower just froze, so I am amazed to get this wifi window.

  22. Magnificent photos. I think the storms beautify the area. Raging creeks, lush grasses, droplets on your lens. Breathtaking scenery. I just got out of the hospital again and am just now able to visit fellow bloggers again. <3 you Cindy!

  23. It looks beautiful green which will hopefully be a plus to ward off CA wildfires. We’ve seen some scary flash flooding here in the Phoenix area, but that should make for a wonderful showing of wildflowers. The desert is doing a happy dance!

    1. People stuck in cars in blizzards, roads washing out, mud slides, ski resorts telling people to stay away. Mammoth has historic snowpack and serious avalanche risk and basically un-passable roads!

  24. Moving beyond the blizzards and droughts and the onslaught of frightening fires and floods…
    May nature regain its sense of balance and shower its abundance as a blessing back again.

    1. Yes. Thank you. And nature always survives. If humans don’t survive, that is the fault of some human behaviors. But nature is indestructible. She sees ice ages, global extinctions, and she brings life back. And this is only on our planet. Imagine what nature might be doing outside of our planet.

  25. Hi Cindy, I enjoying reading your post. I have been busy for a long time and haven’t visited you. Your pictures are absolutely smashing! You bring the best pictures that everyone will love. Thank you for this post, it was amazing! Juli

  26. We’ve been getting hailstones , slush and soft snow for sometime now, here in Northern California. ( and that’s rare ) I wonder how it’s like somewhere in the Sierras, Lake Tahoe area. I heard the snow is several feet thick.

    1. 30 feet thick+ in some areas. I just flew yesterday from NoCal to SoCal. The Sierras have epic snowpack which you can see. Mammoth and Lake Tahoe actually asked skiers and boarders to stay away. Avalanche danger is intense. Snow plows can’t reach many areas. And then I flew into SoCal, and that was where it got really weird. The mountain ranges ringing the LA and Orange County Basin looked like The Alps when the roads shut down. There were rivers, creeks, reservoirs and lakes I couldn’t identify from the air because haven’t them seen before. When I got back last night, wifi finally resumed to The Holler for the first time in days, because the ice finally was thin enough on our tower on the mountain to allow transmission. More rain and snow is due in SoCal on Saturday. Mother Nature is speaking and I love it! It’s about time!

      1. 30 ft! I can believe that. We have friends who live in Lake Tahoe, and yes, they say they get that much snow in winter. We were there 2 years ago in May, and saw there was still so much snow in the mountains. Relatives from the Philippines were so excited to see snow for the first time. They got to play in the snow, as well.

  27. Ultra

    You’ve lived through a lot of fear. I am sorry for you, may you not experience more floods. I live in Poland, floods are rare.

  28. I am happy that your drought is over. But I also feel for your flooding. Last year – depending on who you read we tied or were over for the most rain on record. And it didn’t stop with the New Year. We’ve got little ponds (that on a nice day when we aren’t having 50 mile an hour winds) the birds have been using to bath.

    Lovely views. Stay as dry as you want and can 🙂

  29. I’m glad this isn’t a bad thing. We have too much water because of snow melt and lots of rain and temps too high too fast – so the snow is melting too fast. I’m good where I live – minor driveway damage, but many live in low places. Not the greatest.

  30. Love your holler. Miss my much smaller one. Your views in every direction are wonderful. Had dinner with my son and daughter-in-law and watched a deer as we dined this evening. I even see them in the woods behind my apartment. A wild turkey spent the day on my porch not too long ago. I feel so blessed that I’ve been able to live in touch with nature, even now at the edge of our town in an apartment. Your holler is amazing. A wonderful home base after travel. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

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