Frames of Reference

October 6, 2015

Running water at Morgan Run after rain

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

I heard someone today say that Hurricane Joaquin was “hype”.  This statement was made well inland from the Mid-Atlantic coast in an area that received 3-4″ of rain over the past few days.  While not insignificant, that was nothing in comparison to what was forecast late last week as the hurricane was making its way across the Atlantic after hammering the Bahamas with 150 mph winds and torrential rain.  It is important to note that the rain that fell in this area actually had nothing to do with Hurricane Joaquin-it was part of a different storm system.  Regardless of the source, that amount of rain was enough to make Morgan Run really run-the above photograph was made during a lull in the storm and well after the water had already begun receding.  In fact, it was quite pleasant listening to the water gurgle over and between the rocks on its way downstream.

Autumn leaves washed onto rocks after rain

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The rain was quite heavy at times and washed down quite a few leaves…

Stone wash at Morgan Run after heavy rain

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

…as well as created enough of a torrent that there were physical changes made to the Morgan Run landscape.  The above photograph is some of the stone wash left by the rush of the water…

Debris path downstream at Morgan Run after rain

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

…while downstream the debris again piled up among the Sycamore trees.  These trees always take a beating from the logs, branches, and other detritus carried by the water.  The roots of the Sycamore in the foreground have been clearly exposed from the constant erosion of the bank from such storms.  It will be worth watching to see how long it remains standing.

Yes, it was calming to listen to the water that day.  However, running water takes on a much, much different frame of reference for those in South Carolina.  Condolences to all who have lost loved ones, homes, and other property in the flooding that has already happened and that is yet to come.

The completely opposite frame of reference can be had by going to California.  The sound of running water is one not heard by many for quite a long time.

Take care.

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