Today is the first day of summer and it’s warm and a little muggy outside. The forecast, however, is still full of rain. You know what rain and warm weather do to rivers?
They flood! This is the slough a few blocks from our house. It’s overflowed its banks in a major way. For reference, this is what it normally looks like:
This is just a slough – it’s the Fraser River that has people in the province a little more antsy. We do live in the floodplain of the Fraser, here in the valley, but we are in an area protected by the dykes. Still, it’s a bit of a relief that we’ll be out of here in little more than a week.
The water is barely moving and the cottonwood fluff (I’m sure that’s the scientific name) has built up in a dam of white. It was floating all through the air along the river and I was extra thankful for allergy medication. In the last month here I’ve had seasonal allergies, something I’ve never experienced before.
Fortunately, the bees are surviving.
Again, for reference take a look at this photo from March:
And a couple more taken from the bridge.
So much cottonwood fluff! So many sneezes!
Am I crazy to think that living near the ocean seems so much safer?