September 9th, 2011
More Flooding at the Farm
Posted by F&S
We, Frenchies, cannot believe how much rain has been falling out of the sky. Last week, we had Hurricane Irene and this week, it’s been raining nearly every day. The night before last was torrential and we had some flooding at the farm. Take a look at this!
1 Hey Ramon, what do you think about all of the rain we've been having? I can see Betsy knows how to keep her feet dry - by riding on you!
2 We horses and the donkettes were safe and dry in the stable, Sharkey. You and Francesca should take a ride around the farm to see how much flooding we got. Betsy and I have already seen a lot!
3 Wow, Sharkey, Ramon was right! Last night's rain has caused much flooding on the farm!
4 The water levels in the streams are extremely high! This section of the carriage road was actually covered over last night by a flash flood. Look at that erosion on the side! It has to be fixed soon before more of the road disappears!
5 Look at that whitewater, Franny! Do you know why it's white? Well, when rapids move so quickly, they collect air, making the water bubbly and frothy - Voila! Whitewater!
6 Look over yonder, Sharkey. There's another effect of all this rain. When it rains so hard, some of our friends come out in force!
7 Wild turkeys! When the ground is over-saturated, bugs and worms escape to the surface gasping for air, making it prime eating time for the birds. They also eat plenty of ticks, which are creatures that we Frenchies hate!
8 Over-saturation of soil may be good for the turkeys, but it's not so good for the plant life. Look how all the grass and wild ferns are flattened!
9 Plus, just as water is suffocating for worms and bugs, it also stifles the amount of oxygen getting into soil for the plants. Oxygen is very important, as it aerates and helps with the growth of plants, Franny!
10 That's right, Sharkey. Flooding can also wash away soil from the base of trees, exposing their roots. Exposed roots are more likely dry up in the sun and make the tree weak!
11 Fortunately, most trees can handle an occasional flooding, but the rains this summer have been unprecedented. Enough's enough already!!!
12 Franny, let's take a closer look at these streams.
13 Yup, that's water, all right. This is usually a gentle brook, but now has transformed into a fast moving stream!
14 The ground is very spongy, Sharkey. Take care not to get too muddy, as you did at Skylands!
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