The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations — each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony.
~ Ruth Bernhard
What a difference a day makes! We have had glimpses of blue sky and sunshine as the clouds continue to spin in and out. The wind has gentled itself to about 10-12 mph. It feels breezy rather than turbulent and violent.
Our highest tide for this storm event was predicted to happen at high tide this morning. And it did. The Woodland Trail was flooded with 6+ inches of water, and there were little fish swimming through the woods and along the trails. I’ve mentioned before that our woods are magical, and fish swimming on the woodland trails is my proof. (I know, I know. There are some who will say it is not truly magic, but if you look at it as magical, it can be. Seriously, how often do you see fish swimming on paths that run through a forest?)
When I first went out to look at the trail, a squirrel was sitting across from the pile of wood you see in the above photos, trying to figure out how he was going to cross the flooded path. He delicately dipped one paw into the water, assessing the depth I assume (or temperature?), and then bounded across the path, splashing through the water and running between the trees on the other side. I’m not sure why he was headed that way. The wooded area in there is at the edge of the marsh and was also flooded when you get past the higher ground where the trees are sitting. Maybe his home is up in one of those trees.
I did not make it out on to the dock during my walk early this morning. There is a low lying area in front of the boardwalk to the dock, and the water was deeper than the coverage of my boots. I would have had water pouring into my wellies which pretty much defeats the purpose of wearing them.
The tide is gentle, rising slowly into and through the woods and marshes. I’ve mentioned before that there is a deer skeleton in the woods and the bones barely move when the tide comes in this high. When the water recedes, the skull is usually sitting where it has been sitting since we purchased the ranch, leaning up against a loblolly pine.
M said there was flooding on some of the roads on his way to work. Not surprising. Some of the roads around here are almost at the same level as the creeks and rivers, especially at high tide.
I didn’t see any snakes. I expected to and kept a keen eye out for them. I usually see quite a few of them during the autumn months in general, sunning themselves to warm up after a chillier night. When it floods, they come out to get away from the water. Except for the water snakes, of course, who probably don’t notice the flooding other than to note their water world has expanded.
When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.
~ Madeleine M. Kunin
We had a little over 3 inches of rain as a result of the nor’easter that swept through. Hardly the 7-11 inches predicted. We still have a rain deficit so the rain was more than welcome. I’m just happy it didn’t come with a hurricane attached to it.
The rain has perked things up, and there are even new plants shooting up out of the ground as a result. Mushrooms and other fungi are appearing too. October is the month for mushrooms in our area. I found a circle of what I think are Amanita flavoconia, a common mushroom found in eastern North America. They are beautiful. They are also toxic so I won’t be doing more than admiring them.
The Black-Eyed Susans in the meadow have revived and are blooming along the meadow pathways adding their yellow to that of the goldenrod. I also found some blooming patches of partridge peas. Most have turned brown and have gone to seed, but these were new and green and blossoming.
I did not find any fallen trees in the forest. There were a few cedars leaning over one of the paths. Another good rainfall or wind storm might knock them over.
All in all, things are looking pretty good around the property, especially in the woods. The water has receded, but it might be back again this evening. We still have a coastal flood advisory in effect until midnight tonight.
That’s about it for today’s walk through the woods. Thanks for walking along with me. I didn’t make it out to the Point yesterday (too dangerous), but will be going out there this evening to see what’s up out that way. Feel free to join me. Sunset is at 6:40 PM. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Mother Nature will gift us with one of those breathtaking after-the-storm sunsets.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
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Today’s joys: Splashing through the woods; beautiful mushrooms circling around a loblolly pine; holes in the clouds where sunshine and blue sky peeks through; breezes instead of blusters; lunch with M.