Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Storm Aftermath

That is what I call a rain storm!  Lots of rain in a very short while.  Today the sky is clear so we rode around looking for any results we may have missed last night.  Had to laugh when we saw these young oleanders that just got planted yesterday.  They look a little soggy but I'm sure they'll spring back and do just fine.  It's really hard to hurt an oleander.

Whoa---we have a new lake behind the berm in the construction area.  Jim Hoppe said the ducks had a great time out there this morning.

There was only one house we found that sustained ugly injury.  That gale force wind peeled the roof right back on the shed at Site 646.  Sorry to report the damage to Don and Carol Hirst.

 Being on the very south end of the park, they were in direct line for the wind.

We spotted Fernando and the maintenance crew working on something so being nosey like we are....we stopped in to check it out.  WOW!  This project will take a while.  These are all the leads from the sprinkler lines out on the golf course.  Because these connection boxes are in the backyard of one of the new houses, they have to be moved....one wire at a time.  

Mercy.  Move all that from one hole to another.

Changing the outline of the golf course by the new houses requires a pick ax, a shovel, and a strong back.  No surprise to see Faustino at the job.

Oops....looks like a cart threw a shoe.  Maintenance is a never ending job.

I spotted a couple fairy rings on the golf course.  Couldn't quite remember the story of why they grow in circles so referred to Wikipedia.  I shall share with you.

fairy ring, also known as fairy circleelf circleelf ring[1] or pixie ring, is a naturally occurring ring or arc of mushrooms. The rings may grow to over 10 metres (33 ft) in diameter, and they become stable over time as the fungus grows and seeks food underground. They are found mainly in forested areas, but also appear in grasslands or rangelands. Fairy rings are detectable by sporocarps in rings or arcs, as well as by a necrotic zone (dead grass), or a ring of dark green grass. A fungus, mycelium, is likely to be present in the ring or arc underneath.

There are two theories regarding the process involved in creating fairy rings. One states that the fairy ring is begun by a spore from the sporocarpus. The underground presence of the fungus can also cause withering or varying colour or growth of the grass above. Mushrooms, the fruiting bodies of fungi that poke their heads up out of the soil after rainstorms, tell only part of the fungi's story. Hidden in the soil is a huge network of thread-like mycelia. Mushrooms are not individual organisms. Rather, they are just one part of the mycelia lurking beneath the ground.

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