Wet and Dry, or When It Rains, It Pours

L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

Last year was the driest year on record around here. We got around 3 1/2 inches of rain. (Average is 16 inches.) This pond went dry. This picture was taken in May, which would have been at the end of the rainy season, if we had had a rainy season. I had never seen this pond go dry before.

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

Last week we got over 7 inches of rain. After 4 inches of rain, we went back to the pond and found it was full to its normal level!

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

This is a trail, only a trail, back in July...

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

...but after the aforementioned 4 inches of rain, it was running with water like a creek.

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Millersburg, PA(Zone 6b)

Ah, Kelli, I am so glad you are getting that precipitation. I just hope that the areas that were lost to fire earlier this year don't come tumbling down the mountains. Stay safe. I so much enjoy your desert and canyon pictures.

L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

I haven't heard about mudslides in the burn areas, so I am assuming that there weren't any of any consequence.

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Those areas will be alive with plants that shed seeds years ago I'm thinking.
Love the comparisom pictures.
Sidney

L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

Yes, the burn areas will be full of seeds ready to sprout. The best wildflower displays are the spring after a fire, provided there has been sufficient rain. Some things will only grow after there has been a fire.

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