True, 'tis a far cry from The Big Muddy (aka the Mississippi River -- or for some, the Missouri River) so I dubbed this the Micro Muddy.
Here's the less dramatic version of the uncropped photo.
This is the east edge of our front yard.
If you have been visiting 'Twirl' this past year, you know our family collectively invested hundreds of hours in the yard last spring and summer to prepare for our daughter's wedding reception.
Looks like we will have to re-invest again this year. This area is going to be a big mudflow-y mess.
Here's my rock garden as of 9 am on 1/8/09
The snow is dissolving before our eyes.
Here's another view of the Micro Muddy emptying into Four Mile Creek.
The creek is lower than yesterday, though the volume of water running through it is greater. Much of the snow clogging the creek bed has washed out or melted. The water level was up to the top of our culvert yesterday. You can see it is at least 6" lower today.
Here is the waterfall today:
As predicted, the area marked by the red x was under water at some point yesterday afternoon or evening, signified by the tell-tale signs of water flow over the grass.
We even have whitewater...caused by a small wooden footbridge that is completely submerged.
Hey! Wait a minute...here's the footbridge, washed down and snagged on the other side of the waterfall.
Now I'm really curious to know what's causing the whitewater, but doggone if I am wading in to find out! Brrrr! [EDIT: Annie patiently reminded me that the kidlets placed a second bridge below the waterfall...so apparently the other bridge is still in place and is the cause of the commotion upstream after all. Glad that mystery is solved.]
This is the view of the creek in the pasture....yes, that's right, what pasture?!
As an aside, I grew up in Bemidji, Minnesota, just 40 miles from the headwaters of the Mississippi River located in Itasca State Park. [Bonus trivia fact and Latin lesson of the day: "Itasca" is derived from veritas ("truth") and caput ("head"). You never know when you might need this little tidbit, so tuck it away safely, okay?]
My kids had great fun telling friends that they walked all the way across the mighty Mississippi River. Far-fetched - downright impossible if one has this picture in mind.
Have any of my visitors and blog stalkers likewise managed this 'daring' feat? I'm sure many of you adventurers could even top it.