2019, In The Garden

Rainy May Weather

It felt so good, when I woke up to a rainy morning. I had my window cracked and listen to the thunder storm, while I was working on the computer. The air feels and smells fresh. It is a relieve from the seasonal allergies and this humidity. Earlier, I had to wear my cardigan, while I was sitting at the desk. After all those 80+ degree days, today in the mid 60s felt a little bit chilly. It is amazing, how fast the body adopts to the warmer temperatures.

There are more thunder storms with a bit of sunshine in-between, in the forecast. Flora and Fauna can use it. But our lake is over five feet above full pool and flooding the trails and some nearby properties, again. All this water has to go down the Trinity River and into Dallas. Let’s hope, it won’t be as bad as it was in May 2015. That year, the lake went over the spillway. It took months until the water receded, and the trails were repaired by volunteers.

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Young Bobcats At The Colony Nature Trail

A couple of years ago, I did some bird watching on a local trail. On my way walking back I wanted to see, if I can a better look at those little chickadees. When I stepped of the trail, something jumped into the bushes. Hmm, that was bigger than a squirrel or a rabbit?! I tried to see what it was. There was this little bobcat. First I thought it was a cat. But shortly later it dawned on me. This little one just laid in the foliage and enjoyed the warming rays of the sun. It’s sibling was shy; the one that jumped further back into the bushes. After years of waiting to capture a bobcat on camera, I’ve got rewarded with two kittens. ❤

My guess: Since they were really close to the houses in our community, their den must have been flooded due to the high water levels of Lewisville Lake in 2015. I always kept an eye out for Momma Bobcat. And I really didn’t want to run into her. She must have been hunting for lunch, while she left the kittens under the safer shrubs. One of the kittens decided to come out and bask in the sun. And that’s how I almost stumbled over them.

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I discovered this little bobcat kitten at The Colony Nature Trail a couple of years ago.
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Lewisville Lake Spillway 2015

This is the second part of the story, when we had the flood two years ago. Six days after I went to Stewart Creek Park to see how much Lewisville Lake has flooded its surrounding shores, the time was here when the lake reached the 532-foot mark. The water began to spill over, created a creek, which was flowing into the Elm Fork Trinity River. By May 30, 2015 the lake had reach its peak at exactly 537 feet above sea level. This means, it was 15 feet above the normal pool, and five feet above the spillway:

May 24, 2015

The moment is finally here: The water of Lewisville Lake goes over the spillway for the last few hours. Since Lake Ray Roberts is releasing 600 cubic more water per second out of its gate (7000 cubic/sec.) than the gate (6400 cubic/sec.) does at Lewisville Lake, plus the recent rain falls of the last couple of days, it was only a matter of time, before the last foot of the 532-feet mark was reached to make the lake spill over. Now all this water, which flows over the spillway, establishes a creek of its own designed to flow into the Elm Fork Trinity River south of the lake dam.

It helps to release some of the water, which comes dangerously close to the homes near the lakes. More rainfalls are also in the forecast. Let’s hope the lakes are not rising too much higher as their current levels.

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At the time I captured the photo, the water was going over the spillway for about two hours.
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All the precious water from Lewisville Lake goes over the spillway into a creek, which flows into the Elm Fork Trinity River south of the lake dam.
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The Lewisville Lake Flood 2015

It’s been two years, that I came to the Shoreline Trail and saw it flooded from all the rain we had due to El Niño. Back then, I also captured some photos and wrote a blog about it:

May 18, 2015

Today I wanted to see, how high the water level is at Lewisville Lake. Wow, it is much higher than I thought it might be. Due to all the rain, lots of areas of the Shoreline Trail are flooded. The city had to close it.

El Niño brings us a lot of water for the last several weeks. Since Lake Ray Roberts and Lewisville Lake are connected by the Elm Fork River, all the water that floods the area of Lake Ray Roberts needs to go somewhere. It runs south through the river into Lewisville Lake, which has the flood gate open to release all this extra water. But it takes time to get the lakes back to their “normal” levels.

The anglers, fishers, and wild birds are very happy with the high water levels. Maybe the killdeer was out of luck, and its nest got flooded as well. But the water brings lots of fishes closer to the shore, and they are an easy catch. The boat owners take the time to fix up their boats for the season. I heard some drilling by the pier. They also have more space in the lake, and don’t have to worry to run on shore as easy as when we have drought season with low lake levels.

And there is still more rain in the forecast for this week.

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