The river, post-storm: one year on

Living here we see nature in its beauty, and its strength, every day. The storm in March 2013 was not as bad as the one which destroyed the earlier version of the bridge, the new bridge thankfully is stronger. But it transformed the river overnight from a quiet stream, winding its way through the bottom of the valley, to a dark brown muddy monster cutting corners, tearing up riverbanks and pulling riverside plants and reeds up by the roots. my feet on bridge after storm 26-3-13river after storm4 26-3-13river after storm6 26-3-13

The most dramatic transformations are of the little and big waterfalls. The force of water over the big waterfall [below] takes weeks to return to normal. waterfall after storm1 26-3-13waterfall after storm2 26-3-13The smaller waterfall is nothing more than a rocky rapid when the river is at its normal strength, but after a storm, it changes character [below]. small waterfall after storm1 26-3-13The ford was flooded again, the water level rose above the bridge and sand washed up the track [below]. bridge after storm1 26-3-13bridge after storm2 26-3-13bridge after storm3 26-3-13bridge after storm4 26-3-13Further along the valley is a tiny footbridge over what is no more than a spring, trickling down into the river. Except after this storm, it too enlarges and becomes wild. little bridge after storm1 26-3-13So gradually, year on year, the course of the river gradually alters. Tiny bends are straightened, low banks collapse. From our house, higher up in the valley, we can see the tree-lined route of the river, lined by graceful poplar trees, and are thankful we do not live beside it during its winter tempests. river after storm1 26-3-13river after storm2 26-3-13river after storm3 26-3-13river after storm5 26-3-13river after storm7 26-3-13river after storm8 26-3-13river after storm9 26-3-135 to remember
la version – the version
un monstruo – a monster
dramático/a – dramatic
la transformación – the transformation
la tempestad – the tempest

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