Low Tide, Rainy Day

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This morning dawned  cool and wet. 

Thunderstorms yesterday afternoon  settled into showers overnight, pushed out to sea by the cold front sweeping towards us.


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What a welcome change from the heavy hot air of the past few days!

A beautiful morning to walk down to the creek, I  ventured out with clippers in one hand, camera in the other, to see what could be seen.


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Low grey skies promised more rain at any moment, and droplets of water clung to every leaf and stem along the way.


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Good weather for mosses and ferns, and people who need a break from summer’s heat!


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I was surprised to find the tide so low this morning.

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The area around the dock was muddy, with shallow pools filled with little fish.

The bottom of the creek was clearly visible for a long ways in every direction, showing the roots of plants growing from the mud flats.

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At one time, years ago, this creek was navigable.

Boats could access the dock .  But silt continues to fill the creek.

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The tide must be high to float a boat anywhere near the dock these days.

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I was struck by the still silence this morning.

No eagles called out from the sky.  Aside from dragonflies, no wings filled the air.

It felt as though the whole world were holding its breath waiting for something.


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A moment of peace, while walking to the end of the dock; looking back at the shoreline,  unfamiliar now in its exposed low-tide aspect.

A novelty. 

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Perhaps not to be seen again anytime soon,either.

I studied the muddy bottom to see what might be learned about this bit of shoreline.

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Aside from a broken turtle shell, and the madly flopping fish, no living thing showed itself.

Not a crab or frog, snake or bird to be seen, anywhere, for as far as I could see in any direction.

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And so I began the long climb home, away from the empty creek.

The garden awaited, still soggy but in need of a “walk about.”

And that is another story.

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014



About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

9 responses to “Low Tide, Rainy Day

  1. Love your shots, it’s like I am walking with you. I hate to see the broken turtle shell! I know he had to have died.

  2. The stillness sounds kind of eery…it’s well past full moon, so the tide can’t be attributed to that, do you think? Your Caladium is downright gorgeous!

    • It was very eery, Eliza. I’ve never been down there on such a low tide, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been that low from time to time. I am more concerned with the lack of birds, in a spot where they are normally abundant. We are enjoying the Caladiums so much this year 😉 Glad you like them. WG

  3. Your photo of the caladium reminds me to tell you how well mine are doing in your hypertufa pot. Also, a friend handed me three bulbs earlier this summer to plant and now I have glorious caladium growing. I am so excited about this new (to me) plant. Can’t wait to explore other types!!

    • What fun, Barbara! I would love to see photos of the plants your friend gave you. So happy to know your hypertufa planting is doing well, too, and that you are enjoying them all. They are so easy to grow, and so beautiful. I made an arrangement yesterday with a Glad stem and 2 Caladium leaves. Have you tried cutting them for arrangements yet? They last a very long time that way. Did you get lots of rain this week? Be well, WG

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