Hard to hold a camera with such strong winds. It was shaking my van while watching ducks landing on a small lake.
A few warm days melted snow too quickly and sent streams and rivers over their banks. Just as quickly as they rose, they went back to their former levels, but left a muddy mess for hiking.I have jumped over this stream in warmer months just below where this picture was taken. One can never forecast the power water can have when it rises. In 2008 the firemen came door to door and told us to leave, placing me in a motel for two weeks. I had a variety of junk in my yard, fish and debris from the fields. This gave me inspiration to move to higher ground, I never wanted to go through this again. Now I look at placing a small cabin back near a stream, but above any flood levels. I love being near the water.
This is the stream above finding it's way into nearby fields.
What is left of a frozen waterfall
When one steps in the wrong place while wading through a flooded trail, it can go over your boot. This is a good reason to blouse ones pants and keep the string of your boots tight. I was amazed how fast I moved backwards and onto higher land. The week before a photographer had went through the ice and I received many Facebook messages making sure it wasn't me.