Monday, February 2, 2009

Cold Front Sweeps through Gainesville

It's been a long time since I've seen this much rain during the winter. The recent cold fronts coming through central and north Florida have helped to quench the dry land but we will need at least a week straight of hard rain to cap off evaporated ponds and to replenish a healthy flow to our rivers. Hogtown Creek is a good indicator of Gainesville's water needs as it is the unfortunate recipient of runoff from the streets and lawns of the city. Fortunately for us, the water seeps through miles of wetlands and natural filtration before its final dive into the aquifer at Hogtown Sink. 

The dominant tree in this area of Hogtown is the planer elm. Adapted to flood plains and poor soils, its roots make sure to anchor deep and wide to combat the constant flux of water levels. 

Also, red maples flourish in the swampy areas of Florida adding a garnish of red and orange hues to the landscape. 

On Sunday morning the air was a frigid 30 degrees, clashing with the tepid water resulting in a backlit dance of polar fog. 

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