|Not quite dry creek bed in Sunol Park.|
In fact, I just ran across something about why streams meander with a great video.
I have found some other good pages on rock gardens and creeks and will post them later. But first, here are some pictures of actual dry creeks.
Studies in Nature I: Seasonally dry creeks
I like to study our local creeks to see what nature does. Many times, it's not what I expect. Here are some pictures from a recent trip up the creek at Sunol Park.
|This set of rocks does not look settled at all. It's pretty dynamic. Check out all those little rocks that are nesting in the belly of this rock stack.|
|Here's a close up of some smaller rocks, caught (for now) below a larger rock.|
|These sycamore leaves get stuck on sticks that have caught on the rocks. It's early enough in the season that the leaves are still bunched there. I wonder who is taking advantage of those leaves.|
|Sometimes you get to see King snakes instead of just sticks in the rocks.|
|Another reason not to be too tidy in your own garden. The leaves are a wonderful color contrast to the rocks.|
|I see Jabba the Hutt when I look at this rock. Don't get me wrong, I like it. But there's something a bit animal about it. Like some big beast and his minions scrambling around.|
|This big blue rock is definitely settled in here. Looks a bit like a whale surfacing on the ocean.|
|This is a really large rock and the stream has had to go around. The stream has painted some nice stripes on the rock. And many plants are trying to get a foot hold and will eventually pry some bits off.|
|This rock looks like a resting animal enjoying a shady spot in the grass.|
|That's it! That's what I want in my yard!|