This triptych of Staubfall and Fischbach came together as I’m working on “cleaning out the vaults” of 2008.
A Flowing Creek
Photos from Santa Ysabel Creek, flowing again thanks to a wet winter in California – for the first time after four years of drought.
Trails are creeks at Del Mar Mesa Preserve
In many places in San Diego, there’s water running right now where there isn’t any water at all usually – and the Del Mar Mesa Preserve is no exception, of course. Rivulets run across the trails – or the entire trail is a rivulet. The combination of lichen-covered twigs and the litter of small leaves from all the Scrub Oaks keeps the water from draining more quickly (I should’ve brought a gardening hoe!). Water is pooling on the trails. It’s quite lovely actually to hear the murmuring streams everywhere. :-)
Penasquitos Canyon Waterfall
On most of my visits to Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, I omit the “waterfall” because it is a real people-magnet. I do think it is a spot worthy of a little photographic exploration though. Late in December after some rains, I gave it a try and hiked out there on a weekday in the late afternoon, timing my visit with sunset.
Santa Ysabel Creek
These 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).
Silence of Water
I’m taking a class on Saturdays at the moment, held by the California Chaparral Institute. The classes are at the Elfin Forest visitor center, near Escondido. Last week we spent some contemplative time at the creek and I noticed how quiet it is along the creek – even though the water is constantly bubbling, rushing, murmuring… by contrast, I immediately classified the sound of a distant passing car or airplane as an intrusion, noise.