This is the first
time in years that the creek has gone dry this early in the summer.
Last year it never went dry. My memory gets fuzzy beyond that. I
remember back in the late '80s the streambed was dry much of the time.
I remember that because for one period in '89 I commuted to work by
walking up the streambed to my job on the other side of Central
Expressway. It was one of the most enjoyable commutes I've ever had.
Sometimes I ask
people if they have ever seen fish in the creek. Last year a guy said
that when the pools had started to shrink the previous year, he had
seen fish swimming in it. I guess they had started the spring as
tadpoles, and had grown into fish in the shrinking pond after the water
stopped flowing. He had tried one time to catch them to take them
downstream in a bucket, but they hadn't let him. Then later in the
summer they had died as the pool shrank. I guess this year the egrets
are going to get them earlier, because the pool is already shrinking
Up the street a ways, plums are in season now.