These three photos of Santa Ysabel Creek at Boden Canyon are four years old. I’ve made them in March 2012, and that was the last time I saw the creek flowing at that spot (I’ve hiked Boden Canyon again in 2013 with Joe, but the creek was dry).
I’ve never shown these photos in color before (they’ve been online in black & white for a while though) but since I’ve been reviewing some “water” themed photos from San Diego recently, I’ve processed them in color now, for the first time – and quite like the result. :-)
The reason why I didn’t see the creek flow after 2012 is maybe not just the California drought, with its (way) below average rainfall after the very wet winter of 2010/2011 – but probably also the Lake Sutherland reservoir, near Ramona. The reservoir’s spillway at the dam is at an elevation of 145 feet – a water level that hasn’t been reached since 1990.
I can only guess, but I think the flowing water of Santa Ysabel creek that I photographed at Boden Canyon in 2012 was probably a prolonged result of the La Nina winter, revived by winter rains of 2011/2012. And I’m beginning to wonder how all the dams in San Diego’s back country affect the riparian woodlands in the canyons below…
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