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The Early Storm Gets the Worm

Most of the time, the two major creeks in the Park, the Wolf Trap Run and the Old Courthouse Spring, are lazily meandering through the woods like a pair of stray lambs. But after a decent storm, they can turn into roaring lions.

And when I say a “decent storm”, I mean just your average summer downpour, not the “once in a decade” bridge killer that we experienced at the beginning of this July.

To see the effect an average storm has on the park streams, I will present a series of double photographs. In the left half, you will see the stream before the storm, in the right half you will see the same view after the storm.

This is the Wolf Trap Run from the Parking Lot Bridge.
This is the Wolf Trap Run from the Gazebo Bridge.
This is the area between the bridges.
The Wolf Trap Run at the Theater in the Woods.
The Old Courthouse Spring from the late Pond Bridge.
The area behind the Pond Bridge (more about this later)
The Wolf Trap Run just behind the Turtle Pond.
This is one of the nameless dry streams that flow only after rain.
This one issues into the Wolf Trap Run at the place known as the Washout.
(just after the Turtle Pond – very close to the previous photo)
This stream can actually form little waterfalls.
And this is the above-mentioned “Washout”.
This stream plays continuous havoc to the trail.
Bad stream! Bad! Bad!
The Wolf Trap Run a bit more downstream from the Washout.
The same from the bench overlooking a rocky outcropping.

As far as the strength of storms is concerned, the action in the area behind the Pond Bridge is what separates the men from the boys. If this area is flooded, it is a man-storm. Otherwise it is merely a boy-storm.

One of the man-storms of 2017.

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