After the storm
For the past four days, Northern California has been hit by one winter storm after another. In the mountains it’s been snowing like crazy, and here in the Sacramento Valley it’s been raining cats and dogs.
Yesterday the rain was accompanied by winds up to 50mph—a bad combination when the ground is already completely saturated. There have been many downed trees and power outages in the Sacramento area, but here in Davis things have been reasonably calm. I took a walk along the green belt near our house this morning, and while I did see a lot of broken branches and one uprooted butterfly bush, I didn’t spot any major damage to trees or structures.
What I did find were random glimpses of beauty created by the wind and rain.
|Emerald bamboo (Bambusa textilis ‘Mutabilis) in our front yard, |
knocked over by the wind
|Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii), uprooted by the wind|
|Western redbud (Cercis occidentalis) amid a sea of blossoms|
|Redbud blossoms in puddle|
|Redbud blossoms up close|
|Blooming redbud and English walnut (Juglans regia)|
|Extensive mistletoe infestation on walnut trees|
|Downed mistletoe clump…|
|…and bits and pieces strewn all over the bike path|
|Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) berries knocked off by the wind|
|Doesn’t this look like hieroglyphics?|
|Lots of puddles along the green belt|
|California buckeye (Aesculus californica), loving the wet weather|
|At the edge of town, open fields that are so saturated, |
they’re turning into lakes