Please note, that’s a tree IN the creek, not BY the creek.
A few weeks ago we had some windy days. Apparently one of the trees by the creek gave it up and fell in the water. We first noticed it when The Farmer was out making the path in the woods.
I figured it couldn’t have happened too long before we found it, since the leaves were all still green.
When I was out walking this past Monday, I took another picture of the tree. By then the leaves were pretty well all dying and brown.
The Farmer and I have been wondering what would happen when we got a hard rain. If the tree stayed put, it would catch a lot of debris and water would back up behind it and flood over the road. It’s not unusual for water to flood over the road, because the county put in two smaller culverts instead of one big one, and the debris catches there and water backs up.
Fortunately for us, that part of the road is past our driveway, so we aren’t really affected.
It started raining yesterday, and by mid-morning today we had 3 1/4 inches of rain in the gauge. When it finally stopped raining long enough for me to go out and do chores (hey! the animals weren’t out of their sheds either!), I took a walk back to see what had happened with the tree.
Obviously, the tree wasn’t heavy enough to withstand the pressure of all that water pushing at it, and gave way. I thought it might since it wasn’t buried into the ground to help anchor it in place.
And by the way, if you compare the tree stump on the bank in the first picture to this last picture, you can see how high the creek water was!