Sorry to bother you one more time with Wodehouse Karst pictures, and these ones are dull as ditch water! But I went out today to walk in and see if I could get a picture of the lake half-empty, and lo and behold, the lake was gone! Here's what it looks like today, 12 days after we paddled across the karst!
This is looking at the main cluster of sinkholes. You can see there's still a little excess water in the stream, but the lake obviously subsided away very quickly once it started. The bottom 3-4 feet of those tree trunks would have been in the water.
Looking back up the valley where we paddled from, the entire valley is grey-brown, with fine clay sediment coating all the shrubs. This was all lake up to the tree line on the far side, and probably 3 feet deep where I'm standing.
But I could her quite a roar from down in the valley, sort of like a waterfall around the corner. Once I got down there I could see the water just thundering down into the ground under these boulders. The entire stream here, about 6 feet wide, was just dropping down a hole. Because of all the willow shrubs, this was the best photo I could get; couldn't avoid my shadow.
And nearby one of the now-dry sinkholes, a crevice in the short wall of limestone that blocks the stream. This may be one of the 'caves' some people check out. No water, but I could hear water underneath the rocks.
When I got to the perched pond, now a separate pond instead of part of the lake, it definitely seemed a foot or two lower than I've seen it in the past.
I hunted around and found a tiny stream draining out of the pond, downhill toward the sinkholes below. There's only about a 6 foot gap between the slope down to the sinkholes, and the pond itself, so it won't take much erosion before we may lose the perched pond entirely! Another future change to watch for.
This is the final main sinkhole with water pooled over it a few feet deep still. The camera itself is about at the height the lake was 12 days ago.
And this is just one of the deep sinkholes out in the field where we paddled. It's about 20 feet deep, and was completely underwater; we paddled right across. And yes, that's still a snowbank in the distance. It lasts a long time on the east or north sides of slopes where the drifts accumulated deeply.
Now I promise you, no more posts on Wodehouse Creek, at least not for a while. I've been busy tramping around Bruce Trail properties and other interesting places I want to share with you.
I would not mind more. I have enjoyed this immensely...some of my favorite things: water, rocks, and mysteries.ReplyDelete
I would be the silly one who tried to search under ground.
How quickly it can all change, and interesting to find those tiny crevasses where the water disappears. Carry on, I'm always fascinated by news and lovely views from your place.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing this fascinating area.ReplyDelete
Remarkable that you were paddling there only days ago.ReplyDelete
Now that is really something, the difference between now and a few days ago. Wow! :-)ReplyDelete
Well, that didn't take long!ReplyDelete
Impressive change in such a short time. Thanks for sharing the story of the unusual stream.ReplyDelete
Amazing amount of water draining through those sinkholes! I guess it's recharging your groundwater, so that's a good thing.ReplyDelete
Just goes to show - ditchwater isn't always dull, here it poses mysteries.ReplyDelete
Don't apologise. It's all fascinating.ReplyDelete
That was fun and interesting. It is obvious that a lot of water went down those sinkholes.ReplyDelete
gosh how scary, do you guys need more rain/water there, looks very dry...ReplyDelete
That was quick! So interesting to see how it filled up then drained so quickly. It's hard to believe you were canoeing across the water there not long ago.ReplyDelete
Wow, I was just wondering last time how long the water stays then here you go. How fastnature changes in a matter of few weeks or sometimes just days. We're having +22 yesterday and today's pretty hot too. Last time I posted, it was snowing.ReplyDelete