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You should have heard and seen the river run wild and roar through the Rainbow Shower last night. Even at 80 ft higher elevation of our home, we could hear it thunder down the gulch.

So I was not surprised to see another flash flood taking place when I went down this morning.  This time, for the first time, the a new branch of the creek opened up on the western slope of the gulch, creating this little waterfall in the jungle.

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Alas, the new creek that this waterfall is generating has washed away some of the red much that I so painstakingly carried and cared for during the two months ago (see PROCREATION & BEAUTIFICATION AT RAINBOW SHOWER, Sep 23, 2015).

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Oh well, you can’t argue with El Niño. 🙂

Here are some of the other shots I took during my morning walk. Or should I say sludge and slosh through the Rainbow Shower…

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This video is sort of  the Yin and the Yang of the Rainbow Shower, our Yin home.

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True. But want to know something interesting? After each of these flash floods, the riverbed gets deeper and wider as water keeps scraping off the dirt from the banks and dumping it into to the ocean (eventually).

As a result, we actually have LESS FLOODING than before. Because the riverbed can hold more water.

It may sound like a paradox. But the more flash floods we have, the less flood damage we experience. Make sense?

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OCTOBER 4, 2015 – the last flash flood

This video is sort of  the Yin and the Yang of the Rainbow Shower, our Yin home.


Just got back from the gulch. Our river is rising again. Another flash flood is looming. And more chainsaw work for me… 😦

That’s flash flood number… ? Who knows. Umpteen? There have been so many this year. That’s El Niño for us…

It feels like we are living in a cloud. 🙂 The misting and rain are constant. So rather than get my clothes soaked, I took them off and went down to the gulch stark naked to enjoy the roar of the rising river and the sights of the Rainbow Shower in the rain.

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Here are some of the rising river scenes I recorded with my camera…

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UPDATE DEC 23, 2015


You know what they say, “if fate hands you a lemon, squeeze it and make a lemonade.”

Well, that’s what I tried to do this afternoon. Except that fate gifted me a lot of mud instead of a lemon. After eight days on constant showers, on and off, the ground in the Rainbow Shower gulch was so saturated that walking on grass left muddy imprints and felt more like skating.

So what’s the one thing soggy ground is good for? Digging. Because it’s soft.

So I spent much of the afternoon digging and creating a new micro irrigation system to protect the red mulch I had placed along the Panyx trees boundary last fall. During our Thanksgiving day flash flood, much of that was washed out and I had to replace it a couple of weeks later.

I used the mud I dug up to make a ditch to create embankments around the boards on both sides of the Panyx tree line.

And so this was a final result. May not seem like much from the photos, but I lost nearly three pounds ditch-digging on a fairly cool day by Hawaiian standards.

Needless to say I also looked like a took a mud bath by the end of the afternoon. 🙂


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