We got a boatload of rain on Monday! Over 6.5". Our rain guage only goes up to 5" and was overflowing by the time I checked on it. We'd only had about 3.5" by 4 o'clock in the afternoon and the rest of the rain kind of snuck up on me. I had to lead the horses through a deep spot near the old house site (where the big ditch goes under the drive) that went up over my knees. So much for rubber boots! The horses had not been standing in water; the paddock is more than 2 feet higher than that spot in the drive. The creek was up the next morning so the horses had to stay in the paddock behind the house for a day.
These pictures were taken on Tuesday, which was humid and overcast and looked to be threatening rain although the system was off the coast by then. The seashore mallow is still blooming strongly but was beaten down somewhat by the rain. Seashore mallow can get quite big -- over 5 feet high and equally wide -- and without wood to hold up all of that weight it can be a little fragile. They are loving all of this rain though. They are still covered in flowers even after a full month of blooming. As you can imagine the grass leaped even more after the rain, so I took the tractor out last night. Everybody was out mowing their grass on Thursday and Friday. I could hear the mowers going in the neighborhood and saw several people mowing on my way to the feed and grocery stores.
The swirls of debris in the water are basically bits of ground up leaf litter, nothing ominous. Middle Creek is a clean creek according to water tests, and is crystal clear in normal weather. This flood water indicates some erosion though.
The big bed has a shallow ditch in front that was filled with water, and then rises 2+ feet in elevation, forming a small ridge that remained dry even after Floyd.
This dead sweetgum on the other side of the neighbor's fence, although empty in this picture, is a favorite among birds as a perch, hummingbirds and bluebirds especially.
The bank of the neighbor's pond washed out during Floyd so after heavy rains the pond spills over into the horse pasture. Later the rising creek waters join the pond water to completely submerge the area. (This is only a small lowland part of the whole horse pasture.)
I was happy to see a lot of Bidens outside of the garden again this year. I spread a lot of seed last fall and winter and was happy to see this many germinate.
The pollinators are happy too, the most numerous being digger wasp and hundreds of fuzzy little bumblebees. I think they are adorable.