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Old Aug 30 2008, 05:56 PM   #1
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Last night I woke up, lightning flashing through the skylight, rain blowing in the window. I ran around the house, closing windows, even the ones under the porch had water blowing in them. The dogs were frantic, trotting around the room, their toes clicking on the hardwood floor. Then the hail came, beating on the metal roof. Hubby and I were both awake, there's no way you can sleep through that and we could barely talk over the noise. For over an hour the rain fell, the hail pelted, the thunder shook the house. I tried to see what was going on, but I couldn't. It was falling so fast, the wind blowing so hard, there was nothing to see but water in vapor, rain and frozen. But then the hail finally quieted and the wind slowed. I went to the front door and turned on the light outside: a river of mud ran across our front walk to the darkness beyond. Hail was piled everywhere, like snow. This was the back porch at about 3 am.



The storm moved off, the flashes of light across the sky the last reminder that nature had showed us who is really boss.

I woke this morning, wondering what the world would look like. It had that newly washed look, but that wasn't all. There were piles of hail everywhere, mud deposited in places it shouldn't be, and dried grass and weeds like seaweed on the shore.

This is from a 6' by 6' patch of hail by my garden. My foot is for scale purposes:



I took that picture, and this one around noon. Hail should not be around that long. At this rate, we'll still have piles of hail tomorrow.



I walked down the driveway, it's about a half mile of gravel. You could see the erosion, especially down between our seasonal ponds, which have been eating away more at the driveway every winter



Here you can see where the water that filled one of the ponds came from, its the muddy path through the grass. In the foreground the hail is about a foot deep with mud and crud sitting on top of it



This is the seasonal pond itself. I have never seen it this full, even when the snow is melting. It's generally dry for about 9 months a year. There's debris floating on top of the water



While I was out surveying the damage, and later while I was cleaning up the barn, I met a new friend (the line is horse fence)

Ummm... hi. how are you? Don't normally see you around these parts.


I think I'll just get back to the business of digging my hole. There's got to be something interesting down here.


Why are you still looking at me? Don't you have something better to do?


Can't a coyote dig a hole in peace? I've had enough of you.


And still you follow? Gosh, I'm getting out of here.
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Old Aug 30 2008, 06:08 PM   #2
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Nature is awesome, in every sense of the word. Thanks for sharing all your pictures!
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What a lovely, healthy looking coyote! (I don't know how they're perceived out there, could be that last comment deserves a "gasp", if they're the pests they are around here). The ones we see here are not nearly so large and tend to be mangey and scrawny. However, the one you caught on camera is a beautiful creature!
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Old Aug 30 2008, 06:15 PM   #4
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I wouldn't say we have a coyote problem, but we do have a fair amount of them. I tend to hear them more than see them and this is only the second time I've gotten a good shot, and these are far better than the other time. Our coyotes have plenty to feed on, especially in the summer, so they're not a particular nuisance. I wish they'd stay away from the house, but this one seems fairly peaceful.
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Great pictures! Nature truly is awesome. Good luck to the coyote!

We only have foxes around here...
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Yesterday, we had the same thing happen here. Thunder, lightning, sunshine, the wind that goes right through you etc..etc.. the full works of mother nature but no hailstones or snow. I was very glad to be inside at the time, watching it from the study window. No coyotes - well we don't have them in Australia except in zoos so great to see some that live in the "real" world. Thanks for showing your coyote friend off!
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Old Aug 31 2008, 11:17 PM   #7
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I saw my coyote friend again this morning when I fed the horses. I'm going to investigate where it was digging and make sure it isn't trying to make its winter den. There will be no coyotes nesting within spitting distance of my buildings

The hail had all melted by this morning, but the ponds are still full. A day of rain today topped them back up.
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Sorry to hear about the damage to you place, we had a hail storm, once more rain than hail, it dented up my mother's blue car, now its gone (got burnt up in a car fire before I moved north to here and before I meet DJ, lucky no one was inside it at the time, it was the first summer time break for me I think). "sigh" I miss my mother, but that story and a differnt one well have to be told later.
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Where in Colorado are you?
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Where in Colorado are you?
Four Corners area. New Mexico is like 10 miles away, Utah and Arizona an hour and half.
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Wow... glad you're all ok.
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The Pics were great love Wily. I saw one last year on my way home from work one night. I love watching storms coming in when I lived in Brooklyn, NY.
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Ah, so more of a dry area normally?
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Ah, so more of a dry area normally?
It's almost desert. Pinon-Juniper scrubland is the natural vegetation, but most of the area used to be bean farms, so I've got no trees, just grass. We get late afternoon thunderstorms in the summer and snow in the winter. We never that much water in so little a period of time.
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I hope you were wearing your ear defenders before the mach-storm got too violent.
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I love storms lightning, thunder....good stuff. Typically it makes me sleep better too. Pam I love those pics, that is a really handsome coyote.
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