Monday, October 14, 2013
Finally, the rain has stopped! In the space of just 36 hours, I picked up somewhere between 10.55 and 11.74 inches (yes, you read that right) of rain. That much rain is usually reserved for the remnants of hurricanes, not your average autumn low pressure system. Because the area had been so dry, my basement didn’t get wet until the rain total was somewhere near 10”, and then I only got about half an inch of water down there, which was easily pumped out.
The roads were bad on Friday, and the creeks were high enough to make me wonder if the bridges were safe to cross, but overall it could have been worse. Still, I’m glad it wasn’t.
Grumpy, the giant snapping turtle I photo’d on Friday reappeared in the same spot on Saturday morning. I don’t know if it commutes from one side of the road to the other, or if it still hadn’t found a way across the road in the first place. If this keeps up, that turtle will soon get run over. The spot where I find it is right along the edge of the road on a curve, and for cars coming in the opposite direction, they may well not see it in time to avoid it. It does help that the road is one where it’s not uncommon for 20-30 minutes to pass between cars.
The deer that are feasting on various nuts around my cabin grow ever bolder. This young buck watched me for a good minute before moving out of my driveway. The photo isn't great because at 6:45 a.m., it's still pretty dark--too dark for a clear photo. I try not to look at the deer when I see them, as being stared at makes them nervous. It also helps if I don’t pay much attention to them. In this case I was feeding the chickens, except for the moments when I was snapping the shutter. The deer always seem curious about what I am doing, but they don’t show much fear.
Now that the latest rainstorm is over and the clean-up I needed to do around the cabin because of it, my big ongoing work over the next few weeks will be brooming the leaves off my front and back decks. The rain brought down so many leaves they were ankle-deep. As many leaves are still on the trees, that scenario will repeat several times until all the leaves are off. It’s work I don’t mind, as it keeps me outside and gives me a chance to surreptitiously watch the deer as they are watching me.