Our house isn't usually a waterfront property, but the view changes quickly when the rains come. During a rain the normally dry creek can become a raging torrent and a visually interesting part of our landscape. It's certainly nice to relax on the deck with a borrowed view of the creek and then there are rainy days like today.
The creek does show on maps as a "seasonal creek" though it's so small it doesn't have a name. Around here that means it only has water when it rains enough, usually more than one inch in a single day. On those days we enjoy our waterfront property.
We've had so much rain the ground is saturated and fresh rain is more likely to run off into the creek as it did this morning.
Rain here is welcome because it also means the aquifer is recharging after nearly two years of drought. Excess water from our creek flows into Salado Creek, the San Antonio River and eventually to San Antonio Bay near The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Gulf of Mexico where the famous whooping cranes spend their winter.
Most of the time when there's water in the creek it's too wet to sit outside, but we can enjoy it from the kitchen. Here's the view from the deck just in front of the kitchen windows this morning
...and a typical morning view. When it's dry the creek provides a nice view from the house and is the source of food and shelter for the wildlife we enjoy in our yard.
The creek spreads out downhill away from the house and we're high enough that flooding is not a concern.
Back in September 2009, Hurricane Hermine put a lot of fast moving water in the creek
We've even seen a flash flood in dry weather when it rained just north of us. It all makes for an interesting and changing feature in the landscape.