What a little rain will do in California

After months of dry weather in what typically is our rainy period, we finally got a break, and have enjoyed several good rainstorms.

While it is not enough rain, and not enough snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains, to end the drought in California, it's amazing how resilient nature is. Three weeks ago I could find NO blooming wildflowers in the woodlands, when I would have expected to see forget-me-knots, hounds-tongue, shooting stars and others. The hillsides were still brown with dried grasses when they should have been emerald green.

Now, a couple of weeks and a few days of rain later, the picture has changed. This is what Purissima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve in San Mateo County looked like on a hike last weekend: water flowing, trillium and redwood sorrel in bloom, and banana slugs out enjoying the dampness!

Purissima Creek OSP

Trillium at Purissima Creek OSP

redwood sorrel, redwood forest

banana slug in the redwood forest

 

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Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

Today | Sotheby's International Realty

San Carlos, California, 94070

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Comment balloon 24 commentsLottie Kendall • March 09 2014 07:14AM

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That's awesome, amazing what a little rain will do. We see such a dramatic change in  the desert after slight rain fall too. 

Posted by Jeff Fisher, ReMax Fine Properties (ReMax Fine Properties) over 3 years ago

Hi Jeff, I'm sure rain in the desert produces an even greater, more immediate change. Awesome!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 3 years ago

Lottie - this is true in New Mexico as well. After a good rain the desert comes alive! Wishing you a great Sunday and a wetter Spring.

Posted by Jeffrey Stevens, Jeffrey Stevens Realtor®/Associate Broker (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties) over 3 years ago

Jeffrey, I hope you've gotten some of that wonderful rain. We're loving it here in California. Enjoy the day

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 3 years ago

Awwww, so pretty. Lottie, we were happy that you Californians were finally getting some rain. You had us concerned over the dryness and wildfires. Hey, is that a dainty little forget-me-not in photo #3 ~

Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) over 3 years ago

Jane, we were pretty happy to finally get some rain. Grasses greened and flowers bloomed almost immediately. Picture 3 shows a redwood sorrel in bloom = a type of oxalis that grows under the California western redwoods. Happy spring!

 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 3 years ago

Lottie,

So glad that you did get some rain.  When the rainfall doesn't come for extended periods, it causes stress and other problems.

Posted by Judi K Barrett, BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma) over 3 years ago

Judi, mandatory water rationing is in effect in many parts of California; even with these last couple of rain storms we're extremely dry. Lots of stress for the farmers in the Central Valley with the loss of their irrigation water.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 3 years ago

Good morning Lottie. Truly amazing seeing these results in such a short time period. Hopefully you will get another dose of two very soon.

Make it a great week!

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 3 years ago

Thanks, Joe. Rains this time of year are generally light--but this is not a typical year--anything goes!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 3 years ago

We will be watching for more pictures of your spring flowers.

Have a most productive week.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 3 years ago

Wishing you the same, Joe.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 3 years ago

That's good to see Lottie. I am sure looking forward to our deep freeze ending up here.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 3 years ago

Lovely post - and photos. Those banana slugs have a slime that is used in cancer drugs - I try to keep their beneficial aspect in mind when I see them creeping around like a stomach o a foot. Lol.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 3 years ago

Janice, you've all had quite a winter; we've been wishing for one!

Debb, I didn't know about the banana slug slime being used in cancer fighting drugs; I'll now respect the slugs more when I meet them on the trail.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 3 years ago

Lottie - all of the spring flowers look wonderful.  I can't wait to see some of our own.  But I do hope you will start to see more rain.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 3 years ago

I grew up in Southern California, Los Angeles County, and I remember how quickly the browns can turn to greens.  Or the mass amount of rains that pour down all at once and the washes full of running water.  And then it was gone.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Evelyn, we really need to figure out a way to capture and retain the precious water instead of letting it flow immediately out to sea. I think the problem is worse in southern California that here in the San Francisco Bay Area, but it's all part of water management that needs addressing. Baby steps!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 3 years ago

I have seen those yellow slugs when I was visiting my daughter in the Santa Barbara area. Those have to be the biggest slugs I have ever seen...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 3 years ago

They're big, they're colorful, and they're slimy. Aptly named, don't you think?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 3 years ago

Lottie - it's a pitty we can't blend our weather some of our snow would go a long way in terms of moisture for you and your sunshine would certainly brighten a lot of spirits around here.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 3 years ago

I've thought that same thing more than once, Kathy!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 3 years ago

Lottie and Kathy blending their weather for perfection .....   sounds like a great idea to me!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Dagny, that's right. Like I tell buyers who are looking for a perfect house, if we could mix and match all the houses we look at, we'd come up with near perfections--our weather this year seems the same.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 3 years ago

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