MYSTERY OF MISSING “JANE LIMB” – SOLVED!

My Sherlock Holmes story

MYSTERY OF MISSING “JANE LIMB” – SOLVED!

I found the culprit that knocked off my foot bridge

This evening, I ended up playing Sherlock Holmes – unwittingly. I was down in the gulch doing my evening rounds. When I came to the Giraffe bridge and the Banyan that gave it its name, I was examining the hugely increased width and depth of the Rainbow Shower cree in the last 8 years since I bought it.

And then something struck me. Out of all that thicket I noticed that a broken limb was missing.

It was a large limb that broke off a Christmas Berry tree in early June 2011. The break was so high up – 12 ft or so off the ground – so there was no chance for me to saw it off by a chainsaw. Instead, I just tried to break it enough so I can push it to the side of the stream. And I invited Elizabeth to help me by hanging on it.

Here’s a 40-second video I shot on June 5, 2011 of Elizabeth aka “Jane” hanging on that limb:

Youtube: https://youtu.be/tv9_t97foB8

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Afterward, we name this limb “Jane Limb” – because Elizabeth was horsing around while hanging on it like Tarzan’s Jane. 😊

What stream, you ask?

If you look at the riverbed as of June 2011, indeed it was bone dry. As it had been for the previous three years of our living at the Rainbow Shower. Since about November 2013, however, the creek has been running non-stop for over three years.

Which is nice. Except when the river gets angry and starts to destroy things. Like my foot bridge which has now been washed out three times.

As I was contemplating all that standing on the bank of the creek, it suddenly dawned on me. The JANE LIMB was gone. Missing!!!

“Bet that’s the culprit that took out my foot bridge the last time,” I surmised. Nothing else would have been big enough to do it. Because I thought I had the bridge securely anchored. But the large limb was nowhere in sight.

So to prove the point, I went on a little Sherlock Holmes expedition. To do so, I had to trespass by about 50 yards into my neighbors’ property (which used to be mine until a year ago). My theory was that the Jane Limb would have gotten stuck on the big culverts of the road bridge. And then my neighbors would have hauled it away without knowing its Tarzan and Jane history.

Bingo! There it was – just as I expected.So that’s my Sherlock Holmes story for this evening, Jan 9, 2017. 😉

PS: Take a look at how the river has completely changed its bank around the road bridge. The creek is now much wider and deeper there.

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UPDATE JAN 10, 2017

BENCH PRESSING 200+ POUND RAILROAD TIE OVER A DISTANCE OF 25 YARDS

Well, the weather has been now mostly dry for 9 days in a row.  Which is great after all the rain we’ve had in the last two years. It also means using this break in the rainy days to catch up on some of my “farmer’s yoga” projects down in the gulch.

Today was another “bench press” day. I pressed a railroad tie weighing over 200 pounds over a distance of about 25 yards. It nearly killed me. I had to take breaks every 2-3 minutes just to catch my breath and bring my heart rate down.

But I did it in the end… more by skill than by strength. I dragged the bench in a zig-zag star pattern across the lawn. Down 2.5 pounds when I was finished, even though I had been hydrating throughout the project.

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You see, I had moved all these railroad ties that now line the eastern boundary of the Rainbow Shower lower lawn, above the Anahata – sacred place – even over much greater distances just to place them there.

Alas, that was about two years ago when I still have my El Jeepo here. He was a 285 horse power work horse. He is now in Arizona. So today I had to do with just my bare hands.

Why go through all this trouble?

In word – safety. While I was in Arizona this fall, my landscaper had crashed his riding mower here, drove right over the lower railroad tie, and decapitated my water facet on the other side. Luckily, that was enough to stop him and the mower from tumbling down into the river bank.  It was only by the grace of God that he was not hurt or killed.

One of my previous landscapers had done the same thing a few years ago – knocked off the faucet. After that, I put the first, lower railroad tie as a barrier. It evidently wasn’t enough for my current landscaper.

I had also spun out on this curve with the steepest slope with my new mower once last summer. But I never hit anything there. I just kept going down the slope toward the Anahata sacred place where I did hit a railroad tie. But in my case this happened on my first test drive with a new mower when I was still learning its controls. No such excuse for a professional landscaper with his own bigger machine.

So rather than wait for him to kill himself on that slope one of these days, I decided I’d better elevate and reinforce the barrier in front of the water faucet. At least now we will have a more even contest – a 400 pound mower meets two 200-pound railroad ties reinforced by three rebar anchors on the other side. Now, only a suicidal landscaper would drive his mower over a barrier like that. 🙂

So that’s my long answer to the question WHY go through all this trouble?

DRAGONFLY VISIT

When I went down to take the pictures you saw after I was done with all my bench-pressing work, possibly or the first time ever here at the Rainbow Shower, I saw a blue Dragonfly. He hovered around me like a little helicopter as if posing for a picture.

It brought back memories of a similar experience with a Hummingbird on McDowell Mtns in Scottsdale in early 2009. Of course, he never stayed still enough for me to take a picture. So this is a file photo.

I was wondering if perhaps that was a metamorphosis of land fairy? Perhaps one of the Santa Tierras of the Rainbow Shower whom I did ask for help before I started this Herculean job. And to whom I have given my Music Crystal Transceivers Despacho only steps away from where I saw the Dragonfly.

I did feel a warm and loving flutter in my heart looking at the Dragonfly. And blue is my favorite color. Like that blue Kyanite “LA” – Love Altzar – amulet I have, a part of which I also included in my Crystal Despacho. What do you think?

I’ve just looked up the spiritual meaning of the Dragonfly. It makes sense if it were a Santa Tierra.

Lightness and emotional flexibility, two characteristics of the dragonfly spirit animal

By affinity with the dragonfly aerial lightness, those who have this animal as totem can develop the ability to take things lightly even in the darkest moments. Lightness in feelings, lightness in thoughts. The dragonfly spirit animal invites people to keep a light, positive outlook no matter what.

The dragonfly is often seen around water, ponds or on the edge of a river or lake. It symbolizes the affinity with the realm of feelings, water being a powerful symbol for emotions and the unconscious. If the spirit of the dragonfly comes to you, you may be called to explore your emotions in a light and joyful manner.

The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.

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UPDATE JAN 12, 2017

ENCHANTING AFTERNOON WITH NEW FRIENDS

Today, I spent a wonderful afternoon with a group of new friends from Chicago, Alberta and British Columbia who came over to visit me at the Rainbow Shower (https://www.facebook.com/rainbowshowersacred/). It was instant bonding all around as if we had known each other for years.
What happened reminded me of that saying, “there are no strangers, only friends I have not met.” So true,
My FB friend from Chicago, Rada Kovilic, was the hummingbird that made it all possible. She introduced us to each other last weekend at her winter home in Kihei where she hosted us for a Serbian (Orthodox) Christmas dinner. She also took these pictures this afternoon. The two Canadian couples also have winter homes in Kihei.
After the tour of the Rainbow Shower, which included explanations of the origins and creation of the Anahata sacred place, I also played some music for my guests.
It was not a concert. It was a Rainbow Shower version of “Ode to Joy.” My heart was ready to burst with joy of music. I had tears in my eyes when I did Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra) and two Brahms Gypsy tunes which I recently added to my repertoire.
(see RECUERDOS DE LA ALHAMBRA (Memories of the Alhambra) – http://wp.me/p1jFeo-28I and BRAHMS’ HUNGARIAN DANCE #4… EVOLVES INTO “KATYUSHA” – http://wp.me/p1jFeo-2by).
I know my Rainbow Shower Santa Tierras – the land spirits, the fairies – were also enchanted by the concert. Music is like food to them. But I also hope they let me go now. For, I will never stop playing my music for them no matter where in the world I am. And they should be able to receive it via the fairy wi-fi and my two Music Crystal Transceivers buried under a Christmas Berry tree here, and under a Mesquite at my Arizona home (see CREATING MY MUSIC CRYSTAL TRANSCEIVERS – http://wp.me/p1jFeo-27E).

ELIZABETH’S FAREWELL TO MAUI

Ever since we moved to Maui in 2009, Elizabeth has been talking about how she would like to open up a B&B (bed and breakfast) at this spot in northeast Maui – Kahakuloa.

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Well, that has not happened. But today we did return to Kahakuloa during Elizabeth’s farewell tour of West Maui (she leaves for Arizona in a few days).

For me, this spot resembles Maui’s Rock of Gibraltar.

“Only smaller,” Elizabeth added as we continued our drive up in El Jeepo and around the wild and beautiful northeast coast of Maui.

This may well be also our farewell drive in El Jeepo. I have just put it up for sale after he served us faithfully for seven years.

Our next stop was this pretty lonesome cove.

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We have been here before. Around Labor Day 2012, I think.

Only now, the beach seems to be rougher. The ocean had thrown up more debris on it. We have had quite a few storms this year. Which is probably why.

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After that stop, we continued on to Kapalua and Lahaina, and returned home along the northwest coast of Maui.

A nice outing, we both agreed.

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MAUI’S FAREWELL TO ELIZABETH: ANOTHER FLASH FLOOD, OR THREE…

Foot bridge washed away for a second time in 8 years!

Elizabeth said her farewell to Maui on a beautiful weekend drive around West Maui (see http://wp.me/p3R16m-2W6). But Maui was not yet done with Elizabeth. Last night, a roar of the Rainbow Shower creek, clearly audible all the way up at our home, some 80 ft above the gulch, signaled that another flash flood was under way.
It was not until this morning, though, that I had a chance to go down and assess the damage. For a second time in eight years, the power of rushing water washed away my footbridge, even though this time it was anchored by four rebar rods.

Also for the first time ever, the flash flood had overflowed the big Giraffe Bridge, ripping out some of the wooden boards in the process, nails and all.

By this morning, the creek appeared meek and mild back in its riverbed.

“Who me? I didn’t do that,” I almost heard Goddess Namaka’s pleading voice emerge from the murmuring stream (Namaka is Hawaiian goddess of water and oceans). 🙂

Well, it must have been Maui then, the mythical God of Fire and Fishermen. It was his powerful farewell to Elizabeth who leaves for Arizona early tomorrow morning.

As for me, I will be staying to clean up and repair the damage once the rain finally stops. Which is does not look like it’s going to happen before the weekend.img_6606

NOTE: In Polynesian mythology, Maui was a powerful trickster god best known for creating the Pacific islands. A son of the god Tangaroa and a woman, he performed many deeds to improve the lives of humans, such as making the sky higher and the day longer. Endowed with magical powers, this small but exceedingly strong god and culture hero tried but did not succeed in achieving immortality.

Maui created the islands while out on a fishing trip with his brothers. First he fashioned a magic fishing hook from his grandmother’s jawbone. Then, as his brothers looked on, Maui cast the hook into the water and began to pull up from the ocean floor the islands on which the Polynesians now live.

Read more: http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Le-Me/Maui.html#ixzz4KAwH1N1c

UPDATE SEP 13, 2016 – 1:15 PM

DELUGES CONTINUES…

This is what the Rainbow Shower looks like at the moment, from the ground – my office window – and from high up – radar/satellite view.

Just now, 1:15 PM, I got an emergency alert from the National Weather Service, warning of another flash flood this afternoon.

Just like last night, when they sent us a similar message, they are closing the barn door after the horse is already gone.

“That’s a National CYA Service for us,” I joked with Elizabeth. “As if we can’t see this deluge with our own eyes.” 🙂

Flash flood of Sep 13, 2016 – Round 2 – PM

Here are the latest shots from Elizabeth’s send off “gift” from Maui.  Bottom line” (so far).  This has been the worst flood I have seen in years. Worse than any that even the recent hurricanes had brought to Maui.

My neighbors’ property (the brown terraced hill in the bottom right shot), which used to be mine until early 2016, is practically washing away into the creek. They are in a process of building an orchard but have cut the terraces to slope downhill, instead of into the hill (as I had suggested to them a couple of months ago). And so now they are suffering the consequences. By comparison, the damage at the Rainbow Shower is relatively minor.

ELIZABETH’S “FAREWELL TO MAUI” PICTURES

On our way back to the house from Elizabeth’s final tour of the Rainbow Shower, she asked me to take a picture of her on “her” bench.  I took two.

Why is this “Elizabeth’s bench?”

Because in early 2015, when I decided to put the 5-acre part of the Rainbow Shower on the market, Elizabeth asked me to move one of the two 250-benches to this spot. It’s about half way up from the bottom of the gulch (an 80-ft elevation difference). So she figured she could rest here and catch her breath, while enjoying  a lovely view across the gulch to the west. And also sunsets if she timed it right.

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That was quite a project. Because it entailed moving two 250-pound benches down and up 50-foot hillsides half a mile apart. “Elizabeth’s bench” is the one on the right – the longer route. And there she is now.

She leaves for Arizona first thing tomorrow morning.

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FLASH FLOOD UPDATE SEP 14, 2016

HARD LABOR IN LULL BETWEEN THE STORMS: BRIDGES ARE BACK UP IN OPERATION

After taking Elizabeth to the airport, I used this morning’s lull between the two storms and three flash floods to clear the flood debris and repair the Giraffe bridge.  Look at the map to see how Spirit has been kind to us after all these floods. The Rainbow Shower, one of the wettest spots on Maui, has been the only dry one this morning.

During this calm between the storms, I was even able to retrieve, drag and reinstall the footbridge.

The latter was a Herculean task (for me, anyway) as it weighs probably over 200 pounds. I had to drag it up and down and across the two river banks and through ankle-deep mud to reach its original mooring spot. Then “cast it” across the creek to the other anchoring end.

ABRACADABRA: FOOT BRIDGE MAGIC

Now you see it, now you don’t…

Actually, it is the other way around in this case. Yesterday, it was gone. Now, it is back. 🙂

To give you an idea of the physical effort required for all this – I lost 5.5 pounds in 1.5 hrs doing it. 🙂

UPDATE SEP 17, 2016

RARE CLEAR SKY RAINBOW

 

Perhaps I should stop using the term “rare” in reference to clear sky rainbows here, at the Rainbow Shower. For nowadays, they seem to come several times a year, usually during or right after my morning prayers and invocations.

That’s what happened at 8:08 this morning. As usual, I finished the opening of the sacred space with these words:

“I now invoke the light of the Rainbow Ray to guard, balance and protect Elizabeth and me, and our families, and our extended families around the world (you) in all time frames and realms.”

I opened my eyes expecting to see nothing but blue sky. Instead, there it was… a beautiful clear sky rainbow in all its splendor, looking like a giant heavenly smile.

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But the Spirit realm were not done with me yet. When I walked out to the lanai some 40 minutes later (8:55), there was another rainbow of a smaller arc (2nd photo).

[FYI – rainbow arcs get smaller as the sun rises]

Have a blessed day! (or night, depending on where in the world you are right now).

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“DARBY” THREATENS HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

“DARBY” THREATENS HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

Is Already Causing Flash Floods at Rainbow Shower
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Just last night, after I completed my evening rounds of the Rainbow Shower, Elizabeth asked me, “how is it?”

“As perfect as can be,” I replied. “Wish I could freeze it like this.”

I had been working like a slave for three days this week to bring the four Rainbow Shower lawns into perfection, along with the shrubs, tree and other decorative plants on our property.

“But I know that’s wishful thinking,” I added.

We did not have to wait long to prove me right. As soon as I awoke this morning, hearing the roar of our creek, some 70 feet in elevation down in the gulch from our home, I knew we were experiencing another flash flood.

So I grabbed my umbrella (to protect the camera lens from rain), and walked down there. Butt naked. No sense in getting my clothes soaked. And not even birds are out and about in this kind of weather.

Here’s a 1.5 minute video clip I brought back:

FLASH FLOOD NUMBER…? [DARBY IS COMING]

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You will hear me conclude the broadcast by saying, “this is not the end.”

At the time, our internet was out. So I had no idea that this was not even a beginning. All this rain was just a forefront the tropical storm Darby is sending our way, I found out when the internet was restored. Packing winds of 50 to 65 mph, the eye of Darby is expected pass over the Big Island this afternoon, over Maui tonight, and exit the Hawaiian chain of islands over Kauai on Sunday night.

So “we ain’t seen nothing yet,” as my intuition suggested when I saw the flash flood down in the gulch this morning.

Here are some still pictures, too…

Here’s a weather report about Darby – for those of my FB friends who live in Hawaii:

TROPICAL STORM DARBY WILL CONTINUE TOWARD THE BIG ISLAND THIS MORNING. THE CENTER OF DARBY IS APPROACHING THE BIG ISLAND AND WILL PASS VERY NEAR… OR OVER… THE BIG ISLAND TODAY. A GRADUAL TURN TOWARD THE NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED LATER TODAY… WITH THE CENTER OF DARBY EXPECTED TO PASS VERY NEAR… OR OVER… MAUI COUNTY TONIGHT AND SUNDAY. THEN… THE CENTER OF DARBY OF EXPECTED TO PASS VERY NEAR… OR OVER… OAHU LATE ON SUNDAY AND PASS VERY NEAR KAUAI COUNTY SUNDAY NIGHT. RAIN AND WIND WILL INCREASE WELL AHEAD OF THE CENTER AS IT MOVES ACROSS HAWAII.

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DARBY STORM UPDATE 2

July 23, 2016 1:15PM

SO FAR, SO GOOD… THE BRIDGES ARE STILL STANDING

Just got back up to the house after revisiting the gulch. And I am pleased to report that both of our bridges are still standing.

The foot bridge tarp has been ripped by the power of water. But it’s nothing major. I even crossed the foot bridge onto the other side to inspect the irrigation and drainage work I did there back in the spring. And the water is flowing normally through that new ditch into the main creek.

So, so far so good. But the worst is yet to come, probably this evening and overnight when the eye of Darby is supposed to pass over or near Maui.

Stand by for that…

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DARBY STORM UPDATE 3

July 24, 2016 8:147 AM

SERENITY NEAR THE EYE OF THE STORM

 

What a difference 24 hours can make. Yesterday at this time, our creek in the Rainbow Shower gulch was raging and flooding over our bridges (see http://wp.me/p3R16m-2QQ). This morning by contrast is wonderfully calm and serene. Hardly any wind. Plenty of moisture in the air. But our creek is back in its normal riverbed, happily running down the slopes of Haleakala.

Who would suspect then that the eye of the tropical storm Darby that caused all this upheaval in the last few days is about AS CLOSE TO US AS IT WILL BE.  Take a look at the radar and satellite maps I have just updated.

Only 50 miles or so to the southwest of us, the Eye of Darby is churning its way across the Pacific in the northwesterly direction toward Kauai.

So how can things be so calm here at the Rainbow Shower?

It is all because of Haleakala. The giant 10,000-ft volcano on whose northern slopes our property lies is acting like a giant windshield between us and Darby. So Darby’s winds and rain and spinning from the south around Haleakala – toward Hana in the east and Kihei in the west. This is leaving us in a safe cocoon of Haleakala’s wind shadow at the normally windy northern coast of Maui.

Our usual trade winds come from the northeast. Which is why north is called the Windward coast in Hawaiian islands. But not today. Today, we are experiencing a sort of a “pole reversal.”  The normally dry (and touristy) south and west coasts are getting pelted with rain and buffeted by wind, while we are enjoying a peaceful and serene Sunday morning.

LATE SPRING FLASH FLOOD

This does not happen often at the Rainbow Shower. In fact, I don’t ever remember seeing something like in the spring during the nearly eight years we have lived here. But one of the wonderful things about a marine climate like that we are enjoying on the north shore of Maui is – YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT.

So best not to make any plans. Which suits me just fine. I like surprises.

During the past week or so, we have had unusually dry weather for this time of the year. So when I woke up this morning and saw the clouds gathering from the north and the west – also very untypical as we get most of our weather from the east and northeast – I figured, “GREAT! Let’s have it.”

I had just finished my many landscaping chores, part of my “farmer’s yoga.” So a good soaking would be most welcome for the thousands of different plants that comprise the Rainbow Shower.

But I never expected this… Noah’ Ark. And the Rainbow Shower looking like the Scottish Highlands in the mist. 🙂

Little did I know that it would end up being a flash flood.  Take a look at this video I shot this afternoon around 2:30…

A NEWS FLASH ABOUT A FLASH FLOOD

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WEATHER CHANNELS BLEW THIS ONE

Want to hear something funny? Or sad, depending on your point of view?

This entire time, while the Rainbow Shower was practically floating down  to the ocean with this flash flood, the Weather Channel and the Wundermap kept showing this part of Maui as sunny and dry!? Take a look…

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Ah, human technology! Great when it works. Sucks when it does not. Which often happens.

Want to know what my weathervaning technology was eight years ago when I bought this property?

My index finger. I would stick it into the wind to see which way the weather was coming. It still seems to be the most dependable forecasting tool. 🙂

Here are now some other still shots I took while walking around the riverbed at the bottom of the Rainbow Shower gulch…

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FLASH FLOOD CONTINUING… DAY 2

May 8, 2016

I just got back from the gulch. And the flash flood is continuing. No surprise there. I has been raining non-stop now for about 18 hours.

Here the latest pictures I brought back of the raging creek which has now been joined by an additional stream from the West Kuiaha Rd.

FLASH FLOOD CONTINUING… DAY 3

UPDATE MAY 9, 2016

BEWARE: FALSE AND MISLEADING WEATHER MAP INFORMATION FOR MAUI?

When Elizabeth gets back home later today, she’ll be in for quite a show of Mother Nature. The flash flood down in the gulch is continuing after three days of rain and more to tome. ☔ Take a look at the picture I took a few minutes ago, You can see the debris lodged against my footbridge as well as the high water marks from earlier this morning.

Three days ago, I posted a story about the weather channels showing clear skies over this part of Maui while we were experiencing actually a deluge and flash floods.

The situation is still the same three days later. We have been having practically continuous rains. The creek at the bottom of the Rainbow Shower is raging and growling like an angry bear. But the weather maps are still showing clear skies over us.

So this morning, I decided to try to get to the bottom of it. And I found at one of the websites that the radar on Molokai, which presumably also tracks the west and north Maui weather, is “temporarily unavailable.”

What a time for a weather radar to break down!

Worse, you’d think that the government would warn people when something like that happens. I had to hunt all over the place to find out why the weather maps showed clear skies over us while we are being washed away to sea by the deluge.

Government… No wonder with radar technologies like that they bomb hospitals and kill innocent people all over the world.

They did issue this verbal warning this morning… three days AFTER the flash floods had already started:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HONOLULU HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR MAUI.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH FROM 7:01AM HST MON UNTIL 6AM HST TUE…

Makes you wonder what the source of this “flash flood warning” is? (given that the radar is not working). Field reports like mine?

By the way, I did write to the national weather service about the possible radar malfunction three days ago but have not received a reply.


FLASH FLOOD… DAY 4: FINALLY,  A BREAK IN THE WEATHER

UPDATE MAY 10, 2016

Finally, a break in the weather.  It’s still cloudy, mind you, with occasional drizzle. But this morning, I saw some blue patches in the sky for the first time in four days.

“It’s nice to see we still have blue skies,” I told Elizabeth. 🙂

Even Father Sun has been making an effort to drop it for a visit in between the clouds. But shyly. It’s been mostly just a hint of sunshine here and there.  But no complaints. We’ll take what we can get after four days of rain and flooding.

When Elizabeth left for her art class, I went down to the gulch to investigate the damage. Overall, not bad.  Both of our bridges are still there. The foot bridge has been severely tested, especially by this big limb lodged against it since yesterday morning.

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But the bridge has stood its ground. My four steel anchors I drilled into the ground a couple of years ago are still holding.  But when I tried to dislodge this limb yesterday, I could not. At least not safely balancing precariously on a one-foot wide slippery foot bridge over the roaring river.

So I went back to try again this morning. Still no luck. I walked over to the other river bank to see if I could move the limb from there. No go again. The limb was firmly imbedded into the river bank as if drilled in by some pneumatic hammer. Such is the power of water.

Then I tried a different tack. I took another big piece of wood and tried hitting the big limb with it.  Finally, it gave way.  And the river grabbed it like a hungry shark swallowing its breakfast. But it did travel far. Only about 15-20 ft. Then the limb got stuck again between two big rocks. And the last I saw, it was still there, trying to fight off the now receding creek from carrying it out to sea.

Here’s a pictorial of this story…

Back at the house, I discovered that I wasn’t the only one trying to get out enjoy the fresh air and the shy sun.  Take a look at this green lizard on the ironwood block we have in front of our lanai.  He looked like a happy camper, too.

PRETTY BAD, BUT NOT THE WORST FLOOD OF ALL TIME

Overall, I have to say this has been probably one of the worst floods we have had recently. And that’s compared to some pretty bad ones we experienced last year during El Niño. It was not the worst, though.  The worst was probably the Great Flood of 2013.

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of that flood was that I had actually seen in a dream a couple of months BEFORE it happened- http://yinyangbob.com/2013/Feb%202013.html.

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The reason the more recent and more frequent floods have not caused as much damage as that one in 2013 is just that – that they were more frequent.  Meaning, the water has deepened and widened the riverbed.  So now it has more room to expand and does not clog up the ground in front of the bottleneck – the two-culvert bridge from which the above photos were taken.

Anyway, it has just started raining again… 🙂  So it goes.

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FLASH FLOOD… DAY 5: “BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER” STILL STANDING

UPDATE MAY 11, 2016

I spoke too soon yesterday when I said, “finally, a break in the weather.” For, it was shor-lived. By mid afternoon, it was raining again as hard as ever. And the rain continued all through the night, heavy at time.

So no wonder by the time I went down to the gulch a little after 7 this morning, that the flooding was even worse than yesterday morning. And so was the damage after more than 16 consecutive hours of rain. At that point, the water level had risen again and a part of the raging creek was running over a part of my our footbridge.

But the footbridge held.  When I went down again a few hours later, the flood had receded by about two feet, and out “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was still intact (I borrowed the title from Simon and Garfunkel 🙂 ).  I can’t say the same for the wooden boards and the red mulch that once formed the western Panax tree-lined boundary of our property.

Here are some other pictures I brought back of the flood scenes…

PERENNIAL AVOCADO TREE

The silver lining in all this is that the plants and trees of the Rainbow Shower are very happy. Take a look at this Avocado tree, bursting with orange bloom (these are actually new leaves which are orange at first, before turning green).

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This particular tree has a colorful history. We got it in April 2009 as a small potted plant as a housewarming gift from a neighbor. I planted it at the top of our property. It died after a few months.

But I did not accept its death as final. So I dug up its roots and replanted it at the Lower Rainbow Shower, about 50 yards to the right of its current location in the above picture. Again, it lived for a few months, and then died.

Once again, I refused to acknowledge its passing. I dug up the roots again, and replanted it at the above location. And look at it now! Ever seen a happier young Avocado tree?

In fact, in the last couple of years, it even gave us a few Avocado fruit as a “thank you” gift. Not many. But just enough to express its gratitude and happiness with its current location.

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UPDATE MAY 13, 2016

DRAINING THE SWAMP, LITERALLY

DITCH-WIDENING AND IRRIGATION WORK TO ALLEVIATE FLOOD WATER FLOW

About six months at the end of the El Niño season, I created a little engineering diversion to protect the new Panax tree boundary and the red mulch on the ground between the seedlings (see A DITCH-DIGGING AFTERNOON, Dec 23, 2015).

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The new irrigation ditch did the job admirably until now. But after five consecutive days of rain, it was overwhelmed by the flow coming down from the West Kuiaha gulch.

So this morning, I went down to try to drain the swamp by widening and deepening the ditch. And by building a new little berm to protect the Panax line.

The work was hard but the reward was almost immediate. The water flow increased substantially through the ditch, and practically diminished elsewhere where it was doing damage to the trees and the red mulch.

This is what I looked like at the end of this ditch-digging adventure… covered in mud but three pounds lighter after about 2 hours of hard labor. So success all around… 🙂

UPDATE EVENING – MAY 13, 2016

ALL IN A DAY’S WORK: FROM DITCH-DIGGING TO GALA CONCERT AND RECEPTION IN JUST A FEW HOURS

A few hours after the grueling ditch-digging and irrigation work at the Rainbow Shower, Elizabeth and I attended a gala concert and reception to celebrate 35 consecutive years of the Maui Classical Music Festival.

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The event took place on stage at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC). So it was limited to just 150 people who could be fitted on the stage.

“So we are now sitting the chairs on which the symphony orchestra players sit,” Elizabeth remarked. “They are quite comfortable.” 🙂

And so they were. Here are some pictures from that performance. I have transferred my ditch-digging “outfit” to the MACC concert hall to illustrate how easily one can transition from earthly to the sublime.

UPDATE MAY 14, 2016

RAINBOW SHOWERS “Ménage à Trois:” GREEN LIZZY, RED CARDINAL AND PINK JELLYFISH

When I headed down to the gulch to see how my new and improved drainage ditch is working, I was stopped dead in my tracks by this lovely “mé·nage à trois” on our lanai.

Ever since I moved out this big and very heavy block of ironwood, with the beautiful Jade and Travertine stone table top, our Green Lizzy has been hovering around it. And this morning, he decided to climb right on top of it. A perfect camouflage with the Jade top and the green grass. And a wonderful contrast to the Red Cardinal and the Pink Jelly fish inside that crystal ball Elizabeth brought for me one year from Sedona (AZ).

And yes, the new and improved drainage ditch is doing its job. The excess flood water is no longer running over the boards and the red mulch. What read mulch? Most of it is gone down the river. And what’s left is more the color of mud than red 🙂 ].

UPDATE MAY 25, 2016

ANOTHER FLASH FLOOD ROARS THROUGH THE RAINBOW SHOWER AS SUN SHINES

I heard it before seeing it. Even from 600 feet away, up at our Rainbow Shower home, I could hear the roar of the rising river.

“Another flash flood,” I said to myself.

Only a few hours ago, I was down there at the bottom of the gulch, walking around and inspecting the weed-whacking job my landscapers did yesterday. That’s how quickly flash floods can develop around here. And not for the first time, either. I remember a similar one in March 2012.

So I grabbed my waterproof camera and headed down into the gulch. I needn’t have worried. The iPhone could have done the job, too. Interestingly, the sun was trying to shine through the clouds as the raging river was making its presence known at the Rainbow Shower once again.

 

 

 

 

A DITCH-DIGGING AFTERNOON

“MUD ENGINEER” TACKLES NEW IRRIGATION PROJECTS

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UPDATE DEC 23, 2015

A DITCH-DIGGING AFTERNOON

You know what they say, “if fate hands you a lemon, squeeze it and make a lemonade.”

Well, that’s what I tried to do this afternoon. Except that fate gifted me a lot of mud instead of a lemon. After eight days on constant showers, on and off, the ground in the Rainbow Shower gulch was so saturated that walking on grass left muddy imprints and felt more like skating.

So what’s the one thing soggy ground is good for? Digging. Because it’s soft.

So I spent much of the afternoon digging and creating a new micro irrigation system to protect the red mulch I had placed along the Panyx trees boundary last fall. During our Thanksgiving day flash flood, much of that was washed out and I had to replace it a couple of weeks later.

I used the mud I dug up to make a ditch to create embankments around the boards on both sides of the Panyx tree line.

And so this was a final result. May not seem like much from the photos, but I lost nearly three pounds ditch-digging on a fairly cool day by Hawaiian standards.

Needless to say I also looked like a took a mud bath by the end of the afternoon. 🙂

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UPDATE DEC 26, 2015

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STEADY RAINS PUT NEW IRRIGATION DITCH TO A TEST:

Creating New Creek Tributary – West Kuiaha Stream

It did not take long for the steady rains to put my new irrigation ditch to a test.  Only three days. This morning, I went down to the gulch to expect my new engineering works.

So how did the “mud engineer” do?

Well, I’d give myself about a C+ overall.  About 2/3 of the new water flow went where it was supposed to. But the 1/3 overflowed and seeped across some of my red mulch border. And there was also a fair bit of sitting water.

So back down I went again armed with a spade and a pick. About an hour or so later, soaked by new rains and muddy to my knees, I was happy to report that the full drainage of excess flow had started, by passing the Panyx trees and the red mulch border around them.

And that the Rainbow Shower creek now has a new tributary – the West Kuiaha stream which is now flowing directly into the East Kuiaha creek.

And that the Rainbow Shower creek now has a new tributary – the West Kuiaha stream which is now flowing directly into the East Kuiaha creek.

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Take a look at this 2-minute video…

CREATING NEW CREEK TRIBUTARY AT THE RAINBOW SHOWER  – Dec 26, 2015 – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – “mud engineer” for a day

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS OF THE RAINBOW SHOWER 2015

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS OF THE RAINBOW SHOWER 2015

Christmas Lights of the Rainbow Shower 2015 – a film by Bob Altzar 0c7479bd000950ce63bb19c9149b859aDjurdjevic – with “Light Cavalry” Overture Suppe_Franz_vonby Franz von Suppe recorded by ALTZAR on a Clavinova –

This music came to me as I was filming the lights on Nov 30. I had no idea what it was until two days later, when my nephew from Belgrade identified the tune in my recording.

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Here are also some still shots…

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THANKSGIVING 2015: ANOTHER FLASH FLOOD ROARS THROUGH RAINBOW SHOWER

THANKSGIVING 2015: ANOTHER FLASH FLOOD ROARS THROUGH RAINBOW SHOWER

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You should have heard and seen the river run wild and roar through the Rainbow Shower last night. Even at 80 ft higher elevation of our home, we could hear it thunder down the gulch.

So I was not surprised to see another flash flood taking place when I went down this morning.  This time, for the first time, the a new branch of the creek opened up on the western slope of the gulch, creating this little waterfall in the jungle.

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Alas, the new creek that this waterfall is generating has washed away some of the red much that I so painstakingly carried and cared for during the two months ago (see PROCREATION & BEAUTIFICATION AT RAINBOW SHOWER, Sep 23, 2015).

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Oh well, you can’t argue with El Niño. 🙂

Here are some of the other shots I took during my morning walk. Or should I say sludge and slosh through the Rainbow Shower…

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This video is sort of  the Yin and the Yang of the Rainbow Shower, our Yin home.

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PARADOX: THE MORE FLASH FLOODS, THE LESS DAMAGE

True. But want to know something interesting? After each of these flash floods, the riverbed gets deeper and wider as water keeps scraping off the dirt from the banks and dumping it into to the ocean (eventually).

As a result, we actually have LESS FLOODING than before. Because the riverbed can hold more water.

It may sound like a paradox. But the more flash floods we have, the less flood damage we experience. Make sense?

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RIVER RISING, ANOTHER FLASH FLOOD LOOMING

OCTOBER 4, 2015 – the last flash flood

This video is sort of  the Yin and the Yang of the Rainbow Shower, our Yin home.

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Just got back from the gulch. Our river is rising again. Another flash flood is looming. And more chainsaw work for me… 😦

That’s flash flood number… ? Who knows. Umpteen? There have been so many this year. That’s El Niño for us…

It feels like we are living in a cloud. 🙂 The misting and rain are constant. So rather than get my clothes soaked, I took them off and went down to the gulch stark naked to enjoy the roar of the rising river and the sights of the Rainbow Shower in the rain.

IMG_4690No, I am not an exhibitionist. Those who have been here know how private the Rainbow Shower is. The only creature that saw me, besides the trees and plants, was a little weasel who made off with a lilikoi in his mouth up the hill from the footbridge. 🙂

Here are some of the rising river scenes I recorded with my camera…

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UPDATE DEC 23, 2015

DITCH-DIGGING AFTERNOON

You know what they say, “if fate hands you a lemon, squeeze it and make a lemonade.”

Well, that’s what I tried to do this afternoon. Except that fate gifted me a lot of mud instead of a lemon. After eight days on constant showers, on and off, the ground in the Rainbow Shower gulch was so saturated that walking on grass left muddy imprints and felt more like skating.

So what’s the one thing soggy ground is good for? Digging. Because it’s soft.

So I spent much of the afternoon digging and creating a new micro irrigation system to protect the red mulch I had placed along the Panyx trees boundary last fall. During our Thanksgiving day flash flood, much of that was washed out and I had to replace it a couple of weeks later.

I used the mud I dug up to make a ditch to create embankments around the boards on both sides of the Panyx tree line.

And so this was a final result. May not seem like much from the photos, but I lost nearly three pounds ditch-digging on a fairly cool day by Hawaiian standards.

Needless to say I also looked like a took a mud bath by the end of the afternoon. 🙂