The Greening of Fibber Magee Drive
Last August just after sunrise, I made this photo of Fibber Magee Drive looking downhill just short of my driveway. Because realtors were trying to sell land higher up the mountain, the road had been graded and the fence had been cleaned to impress potential buyers. Now, with all the lots sold, the road is returning to its pre-developer state. Returning yesterday after being away for two weeks, I was amazed how much the trees and weeds had grown in such a short time, below. I’m sure that the eight inches of rain that have fallen during that time had something to do with it.
This morning I cut limbs all along the right side of the road and cut weeds from against the fence at the bottow of the hill, below, in an attempt to regain the right of way from nature.
At the bottom of the hill, below, Otter Pond had also become overgrown in the same short time. Even floating water vines had appeared almost overnight. This photo was made last evening after sunset.
The photo below was made just three weeks ago from the same spot after a heavy rain clouded the water with red clay mud. It’s unreal how quickly nature can reclaim its domain.
Great to hear from you – we were about to send out the hounds Sandy
Thanks for the concern Sandy. I’ve been very busy…. Vann
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RAIN SURE HAS BEEN FULL OF NITROGEN FOR FAST GROWING PLANTS !
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Posted this three years ago today. Worth repeating. Only a few inches of rain this year.